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Employment History


The Boeing Company

Boeing Manager


Senior Engineer

McDonnell Douglas Corp.

Director of Delta Programs

commercial and NASA



McDonnell Douglas Corp.


bachelor of science degree
aeronautical engineering
University of Florida

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38th Space Congress - Program

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Darryl Van Dorn, The Boeing Co.

Boeing News Release 20-006

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IMAGE is the first scientific mission of the century for Delta rockets , said Darryl Van Dorn , Boeing director of commercial and NASA Delta programs.The IMAGE mission is a continuation of a 39-year partnership with NASA , he noted.Delta rockets have carried 82 scientific and technology development payloads into orbit or beyond.

The principal investigator for the IMAGE mission , Southwest Research Institute , contracted Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space to build the spacecraft.

NASA Spacecraft Begin Journey to Mars Aboard Boeing Delta II

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"We're proud to be a partner with NASA in these innovative planetary missions and in furthering science and technology," said Darryl Van Dorn, Boeing director of NASA and commercial programs.Delta has a 98 percent success rate for scientific and technology development launches since 1960.

Mars Polar Lander and Deep Space 2 are the third in the current 10-launch series by Boeing for NASA's Medium-Light Expendable Launch Services.This year Delta rockets will carry NASA spacecraft Stardust, Landsat-7 and FUSE into space.
The Delta II is manufactured in Huntington Beach, Calif., with final assembly in Pueblo, Colo., and is powered by the RS-27A engine built by Boeing in Canoga Park, Calif.

The Pueblo Chieftain Online - Wednesday July 25, 2001

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Darryl Van Dorn , Boeing manager of NASA and Delta II commercial programs , said , for nearly 40 years , Delta launch vehicles have carried scientific , military and commercial payloads into space.Today's successful launch and deployment of another four Globalstar satellites is yet another achievement in the growing commercialization of space.''.

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McDonnell Douglas Press Releases 97-139

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Van Dorn's principal responsibility is to organize and lead program teams providing Delta II launch services for NASA and commercial customers.
Prior to his current position, Van Dorn was program manager for NASA's Medium Light (Med-Lite) Expendable Launch Vehicle services contract.
Van Dorn has served in various positions of responsibility, including deputy director of U.S. Air Force Delta programs, senior manager for Commercial Delta programs and senior manager, NASA's Medium Expendable Launch Vehicle (MELVS) program.
As senior engineer for Delta propulsion at McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, Van Dorn performed design engineering for the development and qualification of the Castor IV solid strap-on motor and the Payload Assist Module solid upper-stage motor.
A recognized solid motor specialist, Van Dorn originated the design concept of using solid graphite epoxy motors (GEMs) as strap-on motors, while working as a senior manager of major subcontracts.As many as nine GEMs are used on Delta II's first stage.Together with the main engine the GEMs power the launch vehicle during initial flight.
Van Dorn began his career with Douglas Aircraft Company in 1962 as a propulsion engineer for the Spartan anti-ballistic missile program.He also served as resident engineering representative to the U.S. Army in Huntsville, Ala., and as the primary propulsion technical representative to Western Electric, Bell Telephone Laboratories and Thiokol Chemical Corporation for the Spartan program.
Van Dorn received his bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Florida.

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