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Robert D. "Bobby" Braun

  • Director for Planetary Science


  • Applied Physics Lab

Robert D. "Bobby" Braun is the head of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory's (APL) Space Exploration Sector. He has contributed to the formulation, development, and operation of multiple spaceflight missions and is a recognized authority in hypersonics technology and the development of entry, descent, and landing systems.

Braun, who previously served as Director for Planetary Science at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), has more than 35 years of experience as a space systems engineer, technologist and organizational leader. He is internationally recognized as an authority in the development of entry, descent and landing systems.

At APL, Braun guides the efforts in both civilian space exploration as well as national security related space programs.

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Planetary defense
Bull's-eye! NASA's DART spacecraft slams into asteroid
Published Sept 26, 2022
Collision with asteroid Dimorphos demonstrates a mitigation technique that could be used in the future to deflect asteroids that pose a threat to Earth

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