Robert D. Braun Selected as Editor-in-Chief of AIAA's Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets Written 18 August 2014


August 18, 2014 – – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has selected Robert D. (Bobby) Braun, AIAA Fellow, and David and Andrew Lewis Professor of Space Technology at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, to succeed E. Vincent Zoby as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets (JSR).

“I am honored and proud to welcome Bobby as editor-in-chief of the JSR. Bobby is eminently qualified for this position. He has extensive experience in our nation’s space program, is a respected scholar and a wonderful author and is an advocate for his field. He consistently brings excellence to whatever he does and I know that the JSR will benefit greatly from his leadership. I look forward to seeing what the JSR will accomplish with Bobby at the helm,” said Vigor Yang, AIAA Vice President for Publications.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Braun is the founding director of the Georgia Tech Center for Space Technology and Research. He is also the co-founder and chief technology officer of Terminal Velocity Aerospace LLC, which provides atmospheric reentry services to increase the utilization and enhance the safety of spaceflight. In 2010 and 2011, Braun served as NASA’s chief technologist. From 1989 to 2003, he served as a member of the technical staff of the NASA Langley Research Center. Braun has authored or co-authored over 250 technical papers in the fields of atmospheric flight dynamics, planetary exploration, multidisciplinary design optimization, and systems engineering, including over 50 papers in the JSR.

Braun’s work in space systems includes serving on the Mars Pathfinder entry, descent and landing team from 1992 to 1997. He has also served on the Mars Microprobe, Mars Sample Return and Mars Surveyor 2001 flight projects. Since 2005 he has advanced on wide variety of entry, descent and landing technologies, including guidance strategies, inflatable aerodynamic decelerators,, and supersonic retropropulsion.

Braun’s editorial contributions include serving as an associate editor for the JSR from 2009 to 2010, as well as serving as a peer reviewer for the JSR, the Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, and the AAS Journal of Astronautical Sciences. Braun’s previous AIAA service includes membership on AIAA’s Space Systems Technical Committee, the Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Technical Committee and the Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Technical Committee. He is presently a member of the Executive Steering Committee for the AIAA Science and Technology Forum. Braun’s past honors include the 2012 Alvin Seiff Memorial Award, the 1999 Lawrence Sperry Award and the 2011 von Karman Lectureship in Astronautics. Braun is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

The Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets is devoted to reporting advancements in the science and technology associated with spacecraft and tactical and strategic missile systems, including subsystems, applications, missions, environmental interactions, and space sciences. AIAA is the largest aerospace professional society in the world, serving a diverse range of more than 35,000 individual members from 80 countries, and 100 corporate members. AIAA members help make the world safe, more connected, more accessible, and more prosperous. For more information, visit  

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