Srinivas V. Bettadpur
Phone: (512) 471-7587, (512) 471-9155
Office: WPR , WRW 415C
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
- Orbital Mechanics, Perturbations, and Orbit Determination
- Space Geodesy (Earth's Shape, Orientation & Gravity Field)
- Modeling, Determination and Interpretation of Gravity Field
- Space Mission Design
- Data Processing and Numerical Methods
The Earth is very dynamical object - its shape, orientation and mass distribution change on time-scales of days to millenia, driven by physical process in the ocean, the atmosphere, the ice and in the solid Earth. These dynamical processes can be studied from space, using radiometric and laser measurements, together with sophisticated models for the orbital motion of artificial satellites. Dr. Bettadpur's core interests are the design and architecture of space missions for this purpose; the analysis of space geodetic data; and the interpretation of the results.
Dr Bettadpur is as Associate Fellow of the AIAA, and a Fellow of the IAG. He is the Science Operations Manager for the NASA/DLR GRACE mission.