Donald J. McLamb has his name inscribed on the Gemini Monument, part of the U.S. Space Walk of Fame located in Space View Park, Titusville, Florida. That is a good start to grasp Mr. McLamb’s deep, expensive and stellar reputation in missile and instrument testing, development and management.
Mr. McLamb led teams to develop and operate the world’s most sweeping launch, tracking and control missile ranges. Mr. McLamb built and operated systems that evaluated the U.S. and Russian missile programs, put humans and instruments in space, tested and evaluated undersea warfare systems, and successfully steered the multi-billion-dollar Department of Energy project that built the world’s highest-energy laser instrumentation system for nuclear fusion experimentation.
He honed those skills by extensive background leadership in range operations at such facilities as the U.S. Air Force Eastern Test Range, the U.S. Navy Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC), and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Beyond the military programs, Mr. McLamb, on a $170 million yearly budget, managed and directed 3,800 personnel engaged in the development, operations, and maintenance of Eastern Space and Missile Center/Eastern Test Range systems and facilities. Mr. McLamb’s wide-ranging expertise include technical and administrative management of engineering, drafting the Shops and Precision Measuring Equipment Laboratory for the design and support of operations for the Eastern Space and Missile Center instrumentation systems. This was also used for engineering support of the Space Shuttle and all Range Contractor efforts. Mr. McLamb was on the major projects for the Trident Missile Tracking Instrumentation System and Cobra Judy, a platform for collection of performance data on non-US missile programs.
Mr. McLamb directed major modifications to radar, telemetry, and data systems at Cape Canaveral AFS; Patrick AFB; Grand Bahamas, Grand Turk, Antigua, Ascension Islands, and Kennedy Space Center. Mr. McLamb is responsible for several publications including the “Acquisition of S-band Telemetry Data During Spacecraft Launch Phase,” presented at the Fourth Space Congress, April 1967 and “Eastern Space and Missile Center Capability” presented at the AMA Second Flight Test Conference, November 1983 (co-author S.R. Clark). He also is the co-inventor and holder of patents on RF Power Amplifiers: – No. 2,925,477 and 2,981,896.
Mr. McLamb received a Master of Business Administration with Data Processing Option and a Master of Science in Space Technology from Florida Institute of Technology. He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida.