There is a long list of awards Dave has received, but the following he considers the most significant.
With calls for his launch teams to report to the vehicle bay late at night to intercept approaching storms, it has been hard to tell Dave is trying to retire.
Dave was NOAA Advisor during the launches of two Viking spacecraft, using surface and airborne electric field measurements to determine the risk of lightning during launches, and declaring “go,” or “no-go” for launch.
NSSL’s fleet of mobile research facilities (excluding mobile radars) have been under Dave’s watchful eye and direction for decades.
NSSL’s Dave Rust is retiring today, and we wanted to honor his significant, even revolutionary contributions, to thunderstorm science, especially through observation platforms.
Dave Rust tries to figure out how to extract an Electric Field Meter from a cactus!
Probably the most important partnership in Dave’s life has been with his wife of almost 45 years, Linda.