|Spouse||Mildred F. Bernstein (? - his death)|
|Awards||NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal|
Harry Dornbrand (November 10, 1922 – May 8, 2022) was an American
Harry was born in Brooklyn on November 10, 1922, to a family of Jewish European immigrants. His father Morris, age 9, arrived on Ellis Island in 1899 from Rohatyn, in what was then Austria. Like his father Mechal, Morris worked as a seasonal sweatshop machine operator, sewing pockets on vests in Lower Manhattan during the era of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. Harry enrolled at City College as a student of engineering, and graduated in 1944 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. During his time at City College he ran a campus network for delivery of The New York Times.
After graduating he enrolled in the United States Navy and was sent to the
During his time in the United States Navy, Dornbrand specialized in heat transfer, thermodynamics, and fluid flow research with
Fairchild and American Satellite Corporation
In 1966, Dornbrand joined Fairchild Industries Space and Electronics and worked as a Project Manager until 1973, when then-President
While Dornbrand was a Program Manager and Assistant General Manager of Fairchild Space and Electronics Division, NASA contracted Fairchild to oversee the creation of the ATS-6 and ATS-7 (also known as ATS-F and ATS-G) satellites, and he was appointed to be manager of both projects. The ATS-6 satellite was the most powerful telecommunications satellite of its time, the first
NASA originally commissioned a seventh satellite in the ATS series, but despite the construction of an ATS-G prototype, the project was never completed. In a 1976 article of the Fairchild World journal, Dornbrand said that due to the success of ATS-6 and "because the ATS-6 satellite gives promise of lasting for many more years than originally expected, NASA cancelled the second spacecraft".
Dornbrand died in Rockville, Maryland, on May 8, 2022, at the age of 99. He is survived by his wife Mildred, three children, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
- Technical specifications for the ATS-6 satellite written by Harry Dornbrand. NASA Technical Reports.
- Infrared Defrosting and Deicing, 1952. Worldcat.
- Theoretical and Experimental Study of Vortex Tubes, 1950. Worldcat.
For his work with NASA leading the ATS-6 project, Dornbrand received the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest honor awarded to a non-government employee by that organization.
- Fairchild Industries
- ^ a b Shapiro, Ralph (September 1, 2012). From NYC Lower East Side to NASA Satellite Operations Manager. Xlibris Corporation. p. 62.
- ^ a b c d e "Four Named Vice President In Space, Electronics Co". Fairchild World. 10 (7): 1. July 1973.
- ^ a b c d e "President, Two V.P.s Appointed at Fairchild Space & Electronics Co". Fairchild World. 12 (4): 3. August 1975.
- ^ "Five Men Are Elected Vice Presidents". Fairchild World. 14 (2): 1, 6. February 1977.
- ^ "Who's Where". Aviation Week & Space Technology: 11. December 13, 1976.
- ^ a b "Dornbrand Named President of American Satellite Corp". Fairchild World. 13 (12): 2. December 1976.
- ^ "Award Winners and Proud Wives". Fairchild World. 11 (6): 1. December 1974.
- ^ NASA Historical Data Book, Vol. 4. Scientific and Technical Information Division, National Aeronautics and Space Administration. 1988. p. 400.
- ^ "Class of 1944" (PDF). City College Fund. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
- ^ a b c d e f "ATS Manager Experienced". Fairchild World. 9 (11): 2. November 1972.
- ^ Dornbrand, Harry (September 1974). "Applications Technology Satellite 6 - Upgrading the life style of millions of people". NASA Technical Reports Server. Retrieved November 10, 2014.
- ^ "Fairchild thanks the ATS-F team". The Wall Street Journal. June 13, 1974.
- ^ "Fairchild Awarded High Marks by NASA". Fairchild World. 12 (1). February 1975.
- ^ "Bicentennial Forecast Report". Fairchild World. 13 (1): 4. January 1976.
- ^ "Harry Dornbrand obituary". Going Home Cremation & Funeral Care. Retrieved 12 May 2022.