Maj Robert A. Bettinger Ph.d.

 

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BS, Astronautical Engineering, United States Air Force Academy, 2007; MA, History, American Public University, 2010; MS, Astronautical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, 2011; PhD, Astronautical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, 2014. Maj Bettinger's research interests include re-entry dynamics, spacecraft design, optimization and control for aerospace applications, and spacecraft survivability. Recent research includes developing optimal skip re-entry maneuvers for altering spacecraft orbital elements. Maj Bettinger is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Gamma Tau.

Awards

2019: AU Nominee for Air Force Outstanding Scientist/Engineer – Mid-Career Military

Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics

Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

 

2017: Field Grade Officer of the Quarter

Space, Missiles & Forces Group

National Air & Space Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

2017: Company Grade Officer of the Year

Space, Missiles & Forces Group

National Air & Space Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

2017: Company Grade Officer of the Year

Counterspace Analysis Squadron

National Air & Space Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

2016: Company Grade Officer of the Quarter

Counterspace Analysis Squadron

National Air & Space Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

2015: Company Grade Officer of the Year

Counterspace Analysis Squadron

National Air & Space Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

2015: Company Grade Officer of the Quarter

Counterspace Analysis Squadron

National Air & Space Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

2009: Company Grade Officer of the Quarter

Simulation and Technology Assessment Branch, Space Vehicles Directorate

Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, NM

2008: Company Grade Officer of the Quarter

Simulation and Technology Assessment Branch, Space Vehicles Directorate

Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, NM

 

Publications

Archival Journal Articles

Schmitt, S., Bettinger, R. A., “The Potentiality of Space Enterprise Force Reconstitution: Nationalizing Civilian Satellites during Kinetic Conflicts,” Air & Space Power Journal, Vol. 33, No. 2, Summer 2019, pp. 61-72.

Bettinger, R. A., “Linear Model for Reentry Time Prediction of Spacecraft in Low-Eccentricity, Low Earth Orbits,” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, published online, March 2019, pp. 1-12.

Bettinger, R. A., Black, J. T., Agte, J. S., “Design of Experiments Approach to Atmospheric Skip Entry Maneuver Optimization,” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 52, No. 3, May 2015, pp. 813-826, DOI: 10.2514/1.A33032.

Bettinger, R. A., Black, J. T., “Comparative Study of Phasing, Atmospheric Skip Entry, and Simple Plane Change Maneuvers,” Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 51, No. 6, Nov. – Dec. 2014, pp. 1965-1975, DOI: 10.2514/1.A32872.

Bettinger, R. A., Black, J. T., “Aeroassisted Maneuvers: Potential Air and Space Law Challenges,” Journal of Space Law, Vol. 39, No. 2, Spring/Summer 2014, pp. 217-226.

Bettinger, R. A., Black, J. T., “Mathematical Relation between the Hohmann Transfer and Continuous-Low Thrust Maneuvers,” Acta Astronautica, Vol. 96, March-April 2014, pp. 42-44, DOI: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2013.11.020.

 

Conference Proceedings

Tatman, L. A., Bettinger R. A., Hess, J. A., Lingenfelter, A. J., “Orbital Debris Propagation in Solwind Anti-Satellite Event,” 2019 AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition, San Diego, CA, January 2019.

Hess, J. A., Bettinger, R. A., Lingenfelter, A. J., “Spacecraft Survivability in a Catastrophic Formation Mishap,” 2019 AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition, San Diego, CA, January 2019.

Stastny, N. B., Chavez, F. R., Lin, C., Lovell, A., Bettinger, R. A., Luck, J., “Localized Density/Drag Prediction for Improved Onboard Orbit Propagation,” 2009 Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1-4 Sep. 2009.

Stastny, N. B., Bettinger, R. A., Chavez, F. R., “Comparison of the Extended and Unscented Kalman Filters for Angles Based Relative Navigation,” AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference and Exhibit, Honolulu, Hawaii, 18-21 Aug. 2008, DOI: 10.2514/6.2008-7083.

Stastny, N. B., Bettinger, R.A., Chavez, F. R., “LinCov Analysis of an Automated Celestial Inertial Navigation Approach for GEO Satellites,” AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference and Exhibit, Honolulu, Hawaii, 18-21 August 2008, DOI: 10.2514/6.2008-6756.

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