Eric Roback

Program Element Manager
Game Changing Development Program
Space Technology Mission Directorate



Prior to joining GCD in January 2020 as a Program Element Manager, Eric served in the NASA Langley Research Center’s Engineering Directorate as an electro-optics and electronics engineer. Most recently he served as Lead Systems Engineer on TEMPO, an Earth-science instrument that will be placed into a geosynchronous orbit aboard a commercial communications satellite as NASA’s first complex hosted payload. 

In his 26+ years at NASA’s Langley Research Center, he has led technical teams and developed experimental avionics and sensor systems for flight testing on airplanes, helicopters, rockets, one stratospheric balloon, and satellites. His areas of expertise include lidar-based and passive-camera-based autonomous planetary landing, avionics, systems engineering, flight test operations engineering, planetary re-entry hypersonics, and aerodynamics. 

Eric was awarded the NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal for developing the Flash Lidar instrument for the TRL 6 Demo of ALHAT on the Morpheus Free-flying Lander. Eric also served on the team that won the Collier Trophy for demonstration of ADS-B avionics technology that is now in use throughout the aviation industry for collision avoidance. Eric holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering, both from Virginia Tech, has published over 25 technical papers, and has logged over 470 hours in 17 aircraft types as a flight test engineer. Eric is active in his local church and enjoys spending time with his wife, Marie, and their children.