HomeAbout UsBiographiesDisplay



Dr. Darrell F. Zimbelman, a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service, is Director, Electro-Optical Imagery Satellite Systems, National Reconnaissance Office, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Space, Chantilly, Va. He provides executive direction in the planning, coordination and management of a broad and complex range of satellite systems and programs in accordance with higher level program directives, diverse operational and legislative requirements.

Dr. Zimbelman began his career in the private sector working first for the Fairchild Space & Defense Corporation and then for ITHACO Space Systems Incorporated. In 1994, he began his civil service career with NASA working on several scientific missions including TOPEX/Poseidon, the Fast Auroral SnapshoT Explorer, the Transition Region And Coronal Explorer, and the Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Missions 3A and 3B. In 2002, he was assigned as the Deputy Project Manager for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite N Series weather satellite program. In 2004, he joined the National Reconnaissance Office and was selected to lead and deliver a critical acquisition in record time to maintain continuity in support of military operations and national security needs. During his career he has acquired significant experience in program management, large-scale system acquisition and spacecraft design and development, relevant to both civil and national security space programs. He has authored or co-authored 23 articles in professional journals and conference publications.

1986 Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
1987 Masters of Science in aerospace engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
1990 Doctor of Philosophy in aerospace engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder

1. January 1989 - July 1991, aerospace engineer, Fairchild Space & Defense Corporation, Germantown, Md.
2. July 1991 - October 1994, aerospace engineer, ITHACO Space Systems Incorporated, Greenbelt, Md.
3. October 1994 - November 2004, aerospace engineer, NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
4. November 2004 - May 2011, technical intelligence officer, National Reconnaissance Office, CIA, Chantilly, VA.
5. May 2011 - present, Director, Electro-Optical Imagery Satellite Systems, National Reconnaissance Office, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Space, Chantilly, VA.

NRO Director's Circle Award
NASA Silver Snoopy Award
NASA Space flight Awareness Honoree Award
NASA Special Act Award
NASA Center of Excellence Award
NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal
NASA Astronaut Candidate Finalist
NASA Graduate School Researchers Program Fellowship

US Patent 5,211,360

Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

(Current as of June 2011)


Facebook Twitter
Airmen with the Puerto Rico Air National Guard provide support at the “tent cities” to support Task Force South and… https://t.co/zg2yT0LqpS
Even the most advanced aircraft in history requires extensive maintenance performed by Airmen on the ground to kee… https://t.co/Kpv8JlzYIc
RT @AirMobilityCmd: Throwback Thursday and #TankerThirstThursday are the same game. Throwing it back to last month when a KC-135 Stratotank…
If you thought the C-5M Super Galaxy was cool before, wait until you hear @RichardHammond describe it and its capab… https://t.co/jbYbdyHx5q
Air National Guardsmen from @105AW are on the ground in Puerto Rico with their counterpart, @PRNationalGuard, provi… https://t.co/ZwzhCEpWY4
RT @HAFB: Join us for the Hill Air Force Base 80th Anniversary Celebration from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Hill Aerospace Museum! A nu…
Ranges are crucial to the training and readiness of our warfighters. Get an inside look at how they prepare to figh… https://t.co/i5CnbpBGAw
.@cmsaf18 and his wingman, Senior Enlisted Advisor to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Chief Master Sergeant… https://t.co/UD69jCjHPz
#AirForce is always looking for ways to improve processes and patient health care is no different. @JBSA_Official h… https://t.co/ysEFjoXYCE
RT @USAF_ACC: You know what day it is. #WarthogWednesday! 🐗👏 #DYK the weapon on the #A10Thunderbolt II is a 30 millimeter GAU-8 and is des…
RT @SpaceForceDoD: Earlier today, @SpaceForceCSO Gen. John W. Raymond became the first ever Chief of Space Operations. @VP Vice President M…
C-17 Globemaster IIIs sit at @March_ARB, where their engines routinely receive special eco-washes to prevent corros… https://t.co/so1CEcJYsP
.@90thMissileWing's innovative #Airmen have developed a virtual care system. Learn how Airmen in the field can use… https://t.co/1EqZgBm0FR
RT @Mike_Pence: It was my privilege to swear-in our Nation’s first @SpaceForceCSO, General Jay Raymond! After serving our country for over…
RT @DeptofDefense: WATCH LIVE: @VP Mike Pence swears-in @SpaceForceDoD @SpaceForceCSO Gen. John “Jay” Raymond at the @WhiteHouse Jan. 14 at…
RT @PACAF: #Snow isn't much of an issue for us here in #Hawaii; however, if a #blizzard ever comes our way we know some hard-working #Airme
RT @LukeAFB: Even as the sun sets 🌅 the 63rd AMU maintainers are working hard to ensure the success of the mission! #goldenhour #aviation