Dave Affens, Search and Rescue Mission Manager
Dave Affens Credit: NASA/Goddard/Debbie McCallum Mr. Affens is the manager of the NASA Search and Rescue (SAR) Mission Office at the Goddard Space Flight Center. This office is responsible for applying aerospace technology to the needs of the search and rescue community. Mr. Affens began working in NASA's Search and Rescue Mission Office in 1990. Prior to coming to NASA, he worked in various aspects of submarine warfare and intelligence gathering for the U.S. Navy over a span of 21 years. He began his Navy career as a Weapons System Engineer at the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in White Oak, Maryland. He later worked as a Systems Design Engineer on non-acoustic anti-submarine projects and as a Systems Analyst for the TRIDENT missile program at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland. He has made contributions to a variety of technical areas, including innovative patented designs for computer system hardware and advanced sensor systems. Mr. Affens holds a degree in electronic engineering specializing in computer systems and is a member of the IEEE. He is presently the NASA representative to the National Search and Rescue Committee (NSARC) and chairman of both the International Tri-Lateral Search and Rescue R&D and NSARC R&D Working Groups. Mr. Affens initiated and is presently leading the U.S. efforts to develop a state-of-the-art aided SAR system that will be carried on the next generation of GPS satellites called the Distress Alerting Satellite System or DASS.