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Barbee, Brent W.

Brent Barbee
Lecturer
Department of Aerospace Engineering
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Phone: 
301-448-5681

Course 

ENAE788N (Selected Topics in Aerospace Engineering; Near-Earth Object Exploration)
ENAE741 (Interplanetary Navigation and Guidance)

Research Interests 

Astrodynamics, dynamical systems, combinatorial optimization, grid computing & distributed/parallel processing, numerical methods, simulation & modeling, spacecraft trajectory design/optimization, rendezvous & proximity operations, interplanetary trajectory/mission design, near-Earth asteroid accessibility for human and robotic missions, deflection of hazardous asteroids and comets.

Education 

Selected Publications 

Books/Book Chapters

  • Abell, P.A., Barbee, B. W., Chodas, P. W., Kawaguchi, J., Landis, R. R., Mazanek, D. D., and Michel, P., Human Exploration of Near-Earth Asteroids. In Asteroids IV (pp. 855--880). Tucson, AZ: The University of Arizona Press

Journal Articles

Conference Proceedings

  • Starek, J. A., Schmerling, E., Maher, G. D., Barbee, B. W., et. al., "Real-Time, Propellant-Optimized Spacecraft Motion Planning under Clohessy-Wiltshire-Hill Dynamics," Proceedings of the IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky Montana, Big Sky, Montana, March 5-12, 2016
  • Barbee, B. W., Chodas, P., “Near-Earth Asteroids 2006 RH120 and 2009 BD: Proxies For Maximally Accessible Objects?” AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Paper Number AAS 15-526, Vail, CO, August 9-13, 2015
  • De Smet, S., Parker, J., Herman, J. F. C., Aziz, J., Barbee, B., Englander, J., “Identifying Accessible Near-Earth Objects For Crewed Missions With Solar Electric Propulsion,” AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Paper Number AAS 15-598, Vail, CO, August 9-13, 2015
  • Wie, B., Barbee, B. W., "An Optimal Mitigation Strategy Against the Asteroid Impact Threat with Short Warning Time," 7th International Conference on Recent Advances in Space Technologies (RAST 2015), June 16-19, 2015, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Barbee, B. W., Abell, P. A., Adamo, D. R., Mazanek, D. D., Johnson, L. N., Yeomans, D. K., Chodas, P. W., Chamberlin, A. B., Benner, L. A. M., Taylor, P., Friedensen, V. P., "The Mission Accessibility of Near-Earth Asteroids," 2015 IAA Planetary Defense Conference, Frascati, Roma, Italy, April 13-17, 2015
  • Weaver, R. P., Barbee, B. W., Wie, B., Zimmerman, B., "Los Alamos RAGE Simulations of the HAIV/NIAC NASA Mission," 2015 IAA Planetary Defense Conference, Frascati, Roma, Italy, April 13-17, 2015
  • Miller, P., Barbee, B., Morrison, D., "Asteroid Characterization Priorities For Planetary Defense," 2015 IAA Planetary Defense Conference, Frascati, Roma, Italy, April 13-17, 2015
  • Seery, B., Barbee, B. W., Boslough, M., Dearborn, D., Farrell, W., Kinney, A., Miller, P., Noll, K., Nuth, J., Plesko, C., Weaver, R., "Investigations of Short Warning Time Response Options for Hazardous Near-Earth Objects," 2015 IAA Planetary Defense Conference, Frascati, Roma, Italy, April 13-17, 2015
  • Marcus, M., Ortiz, O., Sloane, J., Barbee, B. W., "BILLIARDS: A Demonstration Mission for Hundred-Meter Class Near Earth Asteroid Disruption," 2015 IAA Planetary Defense Conference, Frascati, Roma, Italy, April 13-17, 2015
  • Hupp, R., DeWald, S., Wie, B., Barbee, B. W., "Suborbital Asteroid Intercept and Fragmentation For Very Short Warning Time Scenarios," 2015 IAA Planetary Defense Conference, Frascati, Roma, Italy, April 13-17, 2015
  • Seery, B., Barbee, B., Nuth, J., Oman, L., Boslough, M., Miller, P., Plesko, C., Weaver, R., "Investigations of Short Warning Time Response Options for Hazardous Near-Earth Objects," IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, March 7-14, 2015
  • Starek, J. A., Barbee, B., Pavone, M., "A Sampling-Based Approach To Spacecraft Autonomous Maneuvering With Safety Specifications," Paper Number AAS 15-116, 2015 AAS G&NC Conference, Breckenridge, CO, January 30 - February 4, 2015
  • Hupp, R., DeWald, S., Wie, B., Barbee, B. W., "Mission Design and Analysis for Suborbital Intercept and Fragmentation of an Asteroid with Very Short Warning Time," Paper AIAA-2014-4460 in Proceedings of the AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, San Diego, California, August 4-7, 2014
  • Adamo, D. R., Lester, D. F., Thronson, H. A., Barbee, B. W., "A Class of Selenocentric Retrograde Orbits With Innovative Applications To Human Lunar Operations," Paper AIAA-2014-4116 in Proceedings of the AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, San Diego, California, August 4-7, 2014
  • Barbee, B. W., ed., Target NEO 2: Open Global Community NEO Workshop Report. 2013. downloadable from URL http://targetneo.jhuapl.edu
  • Bailey, L., Folta, D., Barbee, B. W., Vaughn, F., Kirchman, F., Englander, J., Campbell, B., Thronson, H., Lin, T. Y., "A Lean, Fast Mars Round-trip Mission Architecture: Using Current Technologies for a Human Mission in the 2030s," Proceedings of the AIAA SPACE 2013 Conference & Exposition, San Diego, California, September 10-12, 2013
  • Barbee, B. W., Wie, B., Steiner, M., Getzandanner, K., "Conceptual Design of a Hypervelocity Asteroid Intercept Vehicle (HAIV) Flight Validation Mission," Paper AIAA-2013-4544 in Proceedings of the AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, August 19-22, 2013
  • Barbee, B. W., Landau, D., "Trajectory Design for the Exploration of Phobos and Deimos," AAS/AIAA Paper AAS 13-936, AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Hilton Head, South Carolina, August 11-15, 2013
  • Folta, D., Barbee, B. W., Englander, J., Vaughn, F., Lin, T. Y., "Optimal Round-Trip Trajectories for Short Duration Mars Missions," AAS/AIAA Paper AAS 13-808, AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Hilton Head, South Carolina, August 11-15, 2013 
  • Barbee, B. W., "Near-Earth Asteroids: The Next Destination for Human Explorers," input to The National Academies Committee on Human Spaceflight call for papers. Download PDF.
  • Barbee, B.W., Abell, P.A., Adamo, D. R., Alberding, C. M., Mazanek, D. D., Johnson, L. N., Yeomans, D. K., Chodas, P. W., Chamberlin, A. B., Friedensen, V. P., "The Near-Earth Object Human Space Flight Accessible Targets Study: An Ongoing Effort to Identify Near-Earth Asteroid Destinations for Human Explorers," 2013 IAA Planetary Defense Conference, Flagstaff, AZ, April 15-19, 2013
  • Wagner, S., Wie, B., Barbee, B. W., "Target Selection for a Hypervelocity Asteroid Intercept Vehicle Flight Validation Mission," 2013 IAA Planetary Defense Conference, Flagstaff, AZ, April 15-19, 2013
  • Beckman, M., Barbee, B. W., Williams, B., Williams, K., Sutter, B., Berry, K., "Trajectory and Mission Design for the Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) Asteroid Sample Return Mission," 2013 IAA Planetary Defense Conference, Flagstaff, AZ, April 15-19, 2013
  • Barbee, B.W., Wie, B., Steiner, M., Getzandanner, K., "Conceptual Design of a Flight Validation Mission for a Hypervelocity Asteroid Intercept Vehicle," 2013 IAA Planetary Defense Conference, Flagstaff, AZ, April 15-19, 2013
  • Hernandez, S., Barbee, B. W., Bhaskaran, S., Getzandanner, K., "Mission Opportunities for the Flight Validation of the Kinetic Impactor Concept for Asteroid Deflection," 2013 IAA Planetary Defense Conference, Flagstaff, AZ, April 15-19, 2013
  • Berry, K., Sutter, B., May, A., Williams, K., Barbee, B. W., Beckman, M., Williams, B., "OSIRIS-REx Touch-And-Go (TAG) Mission Design and Analysis," AAS/AIAA Paper AAS 13-095, 36th Annual AAS Guidance and Control Conference, Breckenridge, CO, February 1-6, 2013
  • Barbee, B. W., Alfano, S., Gold, K., Gaylor, D., Pinon, E., "Design of Spacecraft Missions to Remove Multiple Orbital Debris Objects," Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 144, Univelt, Inc., San Diego, CA, 2012, pp. 93-110, also AAS/AIAA Paper AAS 12-017, 35th Annual AAS Guidance and Control Conference, Breckenridge, CO, February 3-8, 2012
  • Hernandez, S., Barbee, B. W., "Design of Spacecraft Missions to Test Kinetic Impact for Asteroid Deflection," Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 143, Univelt, Inc., San Diego, CA, 2012, pp. 399-418, also AAS/AIAA Paper AAS 12-129, AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Charleston, South Carolina, January 29 - February 2, 2012
  • Abell, P. A., Barbee, B. W., Mink, R. G., Adamo, D. R., Alberding, C.M., Mazanek, D. D., Johnson, L. N., Yeomans, D. K., Chodas, P. W., Chamberlin, A. B., Benner, L. A. M., Drake, B. G., Friedensen, V. P., "The Near-Earth Object Human Space Flight Accessible Targets Study (NHATS) List of Near-Earth Asteroids: Identifying Potential Targets for Future Exploration," 44th annual meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, Reno, NV, October 14-19, 2012
  • Landau, D. F., Barbee, B. W., Woolley, R. C., Gershman, "Orbital Transfer Techniques for Round-Trip Mars Missions," Concepts and Approaches for Mars Exploration, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, TX, June 12-14, 2012
  • Mazanek, D. D., Abell, P. A., Antol, J., Barbee, B. W., Beaty, D. W., Bass, D. S., Castillo-Rogez, J. C., Coan, D. A., Colaprete, A., Daugherty, K. J., Drake, B. G., Earle, K. D., Graham, L. D., Hembree, R. M., Hoffman, S. J., Jefferies, S. A., Lewis, R., Lupisella, M. L., Reeves, D. M., "Overview of a Preliminary Destination Mission Concept for a Human Orbital Mission to the Martian Moons," Concepts and Approaches for Mars Exploration, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, TX, June 12-14, 2012
  • Landis, R. R., Barbee, B. W., Mink, R., Garvin, J., Sellers, P., Abell, P. A., Mauzy, S., Graham, L., Adamo, D., Mazanek, D., Reed, C., Cheng, A., Rivkin, A., Gold, R., Hibbard, K., Dissly, R., Jones, T., Johnson, L., Gerstenmaier, W., "The First Steps Towards a De Minimus, Affordable NEA Exploration Architecture," IAF/AIAA Global Space Exploration Conference 2012, L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, Washington, DC, May 22-24, 2012
  • Yeomans, D. K., Barbee, B. W., Melamed, N., Anderson, J. P., Chamberlin, A. B., Chesley, S. R., Chodas, P. W., Giorgini, J. D., Johnson, L. N., "New On-Line Tools for the Human Exploration and Threat Mitigation of Near-Earth Asteroids," Asteroids, Comets, Meteors (ACM) 2012, Niigata, Japan, May 16-20, 2012
  • Abell, P. A., Mazanek, D. D., Barbee, B. W., Mink, R. G., Landis, R. R., Adamo, D. R., Johnson, L. N., Yeomans, D. K., Reeves, D. M., Larman8, K. T., Drake, B. G., and Friedensen, V. P., "Human Missions to Near-Earth Asteroids: An Update on NASA's Current Status and Proposed Activities for Small Body Exploration," Asteroids, Comets, Meteors (ACM) 2012, Niigata, Japan, May 16-20, 2012
  • Landis, R. R., Abell, P. A., Mainzer, A., Barbee, B. W., Adamo, D. R., Johnson, L., and Graham, L. D., "Finding Near-Earth Asteroid (NEA) Destinations for Human Exploration: Implications for Astrobiology," NASA Astrobiology Science Conference 2012, Atlanta, Georgia, April 16-20, 2012
  • Abell, P. A., Barbee, B. W., Mink, R. G., Adamo, D. R., Alberding, C. M., Mazanek, D. D., Johnson, L. N., Yeomans, D. K.,Chodas, P. W., Chamberlin, A. B., Benner, L. A. M., Drake, B. G., and Friedensen, V. P., "The Near-Earth Object Human Space Flight Accessible Targets Study (NHATS) List of Near-Earth Asteroids: Identifying Potential Targets for Future Exploration," 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, The Woodlands, Texas, March 19-23, 2012
  • Landis, R., Barbee, B., Mink, R., Garvin, J., Sellers, P., Abell, P., Mauzy, S., Graham, L., Adamo, D., Mazanek, D., Reed, C., Cheng, A., Rivkin, A., Gold, R., Hibbard, K., Dissly, R., Jones, T., Johnson, L., Gerstenmaier, W., "A Simplified, Minimal Risk Architectural Strategy for the Exploration of Near-Earth Objects," 62nd International Astronautical Congress, Cape Town, South Africa, October 3-7, 2011
  • Adamo, D. R., Barbee, B. W., "Why Atens Enjoy Enhanced Accessibility for Human Space Flight," Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 142, Univelt, Inc., San Diego, CA, 2011, pp. 709-728, also AAS/AIAA Paper AAS 11-449, AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Girdwood, Alaska, July 31 - August 4, 2011
  • Barbee, B. W., Mink, R. G., Adamo, D. R., Alberding, C. M., "Methodology and Results of the Near-Earth Object (NEO) Human Space Flight (HSF) Accessible Targets Study (NHATS)," Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 142, Univelt, Inc., San Diego, CA, 2011, pp. 613-632, also AAS/AIAA Paper AAS 11-444, AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Girdwood, Alaska, July 31 - August 4, 2011
  • Hernandez, S., Barbee, B. W., "Design of Round-Trip Trajectories to Near-Earth Asteroids Utilizing a Lunar Flyby," Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 140, Univelt, Inc., San Diego, CA, 2011, pp. 1177-1191, also AAS/AIAA Paper AAS 11-181, 21st AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 13-17, 2011
  • Barbee, B.W., Gaylor, D.E., "Automated Real-Time Targeting and Guidance (ARTGUID) for Lunar Descent and Precision Landing," Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 137, Univelt, Inc., San Diego, CA, 2010, pp. 149-164, also AAS/AIAA Paper AAS 10-035, 33rd Annual AAS Guidance and Control Conference, Breckenridge, CO, February, 2010
  • Barbee, B. W., ed., Target NEO: Open Global Community NEO Workshop Report. 2011. downloadable from URL http://targetneo.jhuapl.edu
  • Abell, P. A., Mink, R. G., Garvin, J. B., Barbee, B. W., Mazanek, D., Komar, D. R., Adamo, D., Cheng, A., Rivkin, A. S., Hibbard, K., Miller, K. L., Dissly, R., Mainzer, A., Yeomans, D. K., Johnson, L. N.,"A Space-Based Near-Earth Object Survey Telescope in Support of Human Exploration, Solar System Science, and Planetary Defense," 2011 IAA Planetary Defense Conference, Bucharest, Romania, May 9-12, 2011
  • Cheng, A. F., Rivkin, A. S., Hibbard, K., Mink, R., Barbee, B., Garvin, J., Abell, P., Mazanek, D., Landis, R., "Near-Earth Asteroid Survey Precursor to Human Exploration," 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, The Woodlands, Texas, March 7-11, 2011
  • Barbee, B.W., Alfano, S., Gold, K., Gaylor, D., Pinon, E., "Design of Spacecraft Missions to Remove Multiple Orbital Debris Objects," Proceedings of the 2011 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, March 5-12, 2011
  • Naasz, B.J., Strube, M., Van Eepoel, J., Barbee, B.W., Getzandanner, K.M., "Satellite Servicing's Autonomous Rendezvous and Docking Testbed on the International Space Station," AAS/AIAA Paper AAS 11-072, 34th Annual AAS Guidance and Control Conference, Breckenridge, CO, February 5-9, 2011
  • Barbee, B.W., Esposito, T., Mink, R.G., Adamo, D.R., Pinon, E., Hur-Diaz, S., "A Comprehensive Ongoing Survey of the Near-Earth Asteroid Population for Human Mission Accessibility," AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 2-5, 2010
  • Barbee, B.W., Alfano, S., Gold, K., Gaylor, D., Pinon, E., "Mission Design for Multi-Object Orbital Debris Removal Tours," George H. Born Symposium, Boulder, CO, May, 2010
  • Barbee, B.W., Carpenter, J.R., Heatwole, S., Markley, F.L., Moreau, M., Naasz, B.J., Van Eepoel, J., "Guidance and Navigation for Rendezvous and Proximity Operations with a Non-Cooperative Spacecraft at Geosynchronous Orbit," George H. Born Symposium, Boulder, CO, May, 2010
  • Barbee, B.W., Davis, G.W., Hur-Diaz, S., "Spacecraft Trajectory Design for Tours of Multiple Small Bodies," Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Vol. 135, Univelt, Inc., San Diego, CA, 2009, pp. 2169-2188, also AAS/AIAA Paper AAS 09-443, Astrodynamics Specialists Conference, Aug. 2009
  • Mitchell, J.W., Baldwin, P.J., Barbee, B.W., Kurichh, R., and Luquette, R.J., "Characterization of a Radio Frequency Space Environment Path Emulator for Evaluating Spacecraft Ranging Hardware," AIAA Guidance, Navigation, & Control Conference, August, 2008
  • Mitchell, J.W., Barbee, B.W., Baldwin, P.J., Luquette, R., "Expanding Hardware-in-the-Loop Formation Navigation and Control with Radio Frequency Crosslink Ranging," Proceedings of the 20th International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics, September 24-28, 2007 (Historic Inns of Annapolis, Governor Calvert House, Annapolis, Maryland, USA)
  • Barbee, B.W., Fowler, W.T., "Spacecraft Mission Design for the Optimal Impulsive Deflection of Hazardous Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) using Nuclear Explosive Technology," Planetary Defense Conference, Washington DC, March 5-8, 2007
  • Barbee, B.W., Gertsch, L., Fowler, W.T., "Spacecraft Mission Design for the Destruction of Hazardous Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) via Distributed-Energy Explosives," Planetary Defense Conference, Washington DC, March 5-8, 2007
  • Gaylor, D.E., Barbee, B.W., "Algorithms for Safe Spacecraft Proximity Operations," AAS-2007-107, AAS/AIAA Spaceflight Mechanics Meeting, Sedona, Arizona, January 28, 2007
  • Barbee, B.W., Fowler, W.T., Davis, G.W., Gaylor, D.E., "Optimal Deflection of Hazardous Near-Earth Objects and Mitigation Mission Design Using Current Technology," 2006 NASA Near-Earth Object Detection and Threat Mitigation Workshop, Vail, CO, June 26-29, 2006

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