EDWARD BELBRUNO received his doctorate in mathematics in 1980 from the Courant Institute of New York University. He studied under Juergen Moser. His research interests are in celestial mechanics, dynamical systems, astrodynamics, astrophysics and cosmology.
His early work in 1986 led to a new approach to space travel by the use of chaos dynamics to obtain low energy trajectories, that require less fuel. This work was dramatically demonstrated in 1991 with the salvage of a Japanese lunar spacecraft, Hiten, successfully getting it to the Moon on a new type of transfer requiring almost no fuel. This transfer used automatic capture, where capture into orbit about the Moon is obtained without the use of rockets. The methodology he developed for this is called weak stability boundary theory.
From 2011 through 2013, he has published several papers in different areas that have gained new insights. These include:
1) New approach to understanding motion about a black hole, using a McGehee regularization transformation
2) New results on the lithopanspermia hypothesis on the origin of life, using minimal energy transfers
3) New approach to studying the big bang singularity, using regularization theory
4) New types of low energy transfers to the Moon and beyond
5) Understanding the connection of weak stability boundaries and manifolds
Ed is a research collaborator at the department of astrophysical science at Princeton University, director of the research company Innovative Orbital Design, and a visiting scholar at New York University, Courant Institute. He consults regularly with NASA and leading aerospace organizations. He has been interviewed on many radio and television programs, including NBC's Today Show. He has published two books with Princeton University Press, his most recent entitled, Fly me to the Moon. Ed has been painting since childhood. Infused with science and sci-fi themes, his art features prominently in Painting the Way to the Moon.