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David Chato

  • NASA John H Glenn Research Center
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Dr. Chato is one of NASA’s experts in cryogenic rocket fuel and low gravity fluid management. He led the low gravity fluid management portion of NASA’s Cryogenic Propellant Storage and Transfer (CPST) technology demonstration, and is currently studying the influence of seaming techniques on multilayer insulation performance for the Improved Fundamental Understanding of Super Insulation (IFUSI) portion of the extensible Cryogenics (eCryo) project. He also serves as Co-Investigator for low gravity fluid behavior on the Zero Boil-Off Tank (ZBOT) experiment expected to launch in the spring of 2016. He has served as Principal Investigator for the NASA Vented Tank Resupply Experiment (flown in 1996) and NASA portion of the European Space Agency Sloshsat experiment (flown in 2005). Some of his key accomplishments include maturing the no-vent fill technology for fueling spacecraft in low-gravity with liquid cryogen, and advancing the state-of-the-art in computer modeling of cryogenic space flight systems. He brings over 30 years of experience to his fields of expertise, including over 60 published papers.

Recent publications

  • Mastering Cryogenic Propellants

    • Meyer M
    • Chato D
    • Plachta D
    • et al.
  • Low gravity issues of deep space refueling

    • Chato D

Professional experience

NASA Glenn Research Center



Case Western Reserve University

September 1997 - January 2004(6 years)


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

September 1982 - May 1985(3 years)


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

September 1976 - January 1980(3 years)

Co-authors (59)

  • Samuel Darr

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