George Vardaxis

George Vardaxis

Research Interests: Computational Astrodynamics, precision orbit determination, impact probability, mission design


Major Professor: Dr. Bong Wie

Papers and Presentations:

Vardaxis, G., Pitz, A., and Wie, B., “Conceptual Design of Planetary Defense Technology Demonstration Mission,” AAS 12-128, AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Charleston, SC, Jan. 30 – Feb 2, 2012.

Vardaxis, G., et al, “Asteroid Mission Design Software Tool for Planetary Defense Applications”, AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, August 13-16, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 2012.

Pitz, A., Kaplinger, B., Vardaxis, G., Winkler, T., and Wie, B., “Conceptual Design of a Hypervelocity Asteroid Intercept Vehicle (HAIV) and Its Flight Validation Mission,” GLEX-2012.06.3×12173, 2012 IAF/AIAA Global Space Exploration Conference, Washington, DC, May 22-24, 2012.

Wie, B., et al., “Optimal Fragmentation and Dispersion of Hazardous Near-Earth Objects,” NIAC Phase I Final Report, NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Phase I Study, Sept. 2011 – Sept. 2012.

Vardaxis, G., and Wie, B., “Development of an Asteroid Mission Design Software Tool for Planetary Defense,” Planetary Defense Conference 2013, April 15-19, 2013.

Vardaxis, G., Wagner, S., Wie, B., “HAIV (Hypervelocity Asteroid Intercept Vehicle) Flight Validation Mission Design and Target Selection,” AIAA Guidance and Navigation Conference 2013.

Bio: George Vardaxis is a second year Ph.D. student at Iowa State University, where he is studying Computation Astrodynamics under Dr. Bong Wie. Before starting his graduate degree, George completed his undergraduate education with a double major in Aerospace Engineering and Mathematics from Iowa State University. Outside the classroom/office, George enjoys playing sports such as soccer, tennis, and volleyball, and sharing good times with good company.