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Dr Malcolm Macdonald

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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Personal statement

I am the Director of the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications. My work focuses on the development and application of space mission systems and space technology, challenging conventional ideas to enable new concepts in the exploration and exploitation of space, and is reported in over 100 publications funded from a diverse funding portfolio ranging from the research councils to space agencies and industrial collaborators.

I led the development of The International Handbook of Space Technology (find out more by clicking here), a comprehensive handbook providing a holistic understanding of the system-of-systems that is a modern spacecraft, and I am one of only two European Associate Editors of the Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, the top-ranked archival journal in Aerospace Engineering.

Prior to joining the University of Strathclyde in 2008, I worked at SciSys Ltd., working on several projects throughout the entire lifecycle, including ADM-Aeolus and LISA-Pathfinder. I am Deputy Chair of the UK Space Agency’s Space Programme Review Panel, represent the University of Strathclyde on the UK Space Action Network (SPAN), where I am the alternative member of the Space Leadership Council, and I am a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Find me on LinkedIn at here, and on twitter @malcoluim

Expertise

Has expertise in:

    • Space Mission Analysis & Design
    • Space Technology
    • Astrodynamics
    • Swarm Engineering
    • Systems Engineering
    • Technology Roadmapping and Analysis
    • Technical Foresight & Horizon Scanning
    • Advanced Concepts
    • CubeSats
    • Modelling & Simulation

Publications

Combined high and low-thrust geostationary orbit insertion with radiation constraint
Macdonald Malcolm, Owens Steven Robert
Acta Astronautica Vol 142, pp. 1-9, (2018)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2017.10.011
Orbit period modulation for relative motion using continuous low thrust in the two-body and restricted three-body problems
Arnot C S, McInnes C R, McKay R J, Macdonald M, Biggs J
Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, pp. 1-25, (2017)
An improved differential evolution algorithm and its applications to orbit design
Yao Wei, Luo Jianjun, Macdonald Malcolm, Wang Mingming , Ma Weihua
Journal of Guidance Control and Dynamics, (2017)
Incorporating solar activity into general perturbations analysis of atmospheric friction
Kerr Emma, Macdonald Malcolm
Journal of Guidance Control and Dynamics, (2017)
Building resilience by connecting the dots
Lowe Christopher, Macdonald Malcolm
15th Reinventing Space Conference, (2017)
Novel solar sail mission concepts for high-latitude earth and lunar observation
Heiligers Jeannette, Parker Jeffrey S., Macdonald Malcolm
Journal of Guidance Control and Dynamics, (2017)

more publications

Research interests

My work focuses on the development and application of space mission systems and space technology, challenging conventional ideas to enable new concepts in the exploration and exploitation of space.

Specific interests are in the use of multiple spacecraft to enable new space services through the application of concepts from swarm engineering, combined with astrodynamics and space system design. This work has been developed and applied to concepts for polar Earth observation, the deployment of large swarms and constellations of spacecraft, novel transfer trajectories and threat avoidance within swarm engineering.

View my ResearcherID profile here and on Google Scholar here.

Professional activities

Springer-Velag, Berlin, Heidelberg (Publisher)
Editor
2014

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Projects

EPSRC Global Challenges Research Fund Institutional Sponsorship Award 2017 (GCRF) / R171051-107
Macdonald, Malcolm (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jul-2017 - 31-Mar-2018
Impact Acceleration Account - University Of Strathclyde 2012 / R120526-251
Macdonald, Malcolm (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2012 - 31-Mar-2017
Impact Acceleration Account - University Of Strathclyde 2012 / R120526-252
Macdonald, Malcolm (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2012 - 31-Mar-2017
Wind Farm Optimisation for both Operations and Maintenance Forecasting and Power Output
Macdonald, Malcolm (Principal Investigator) Owens, Steven Robert (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2017 - 31-Mar-2017
National Space Technology & Applications Horizon Scanning Activity
Macdonald, Malcolm (Principal Investigator) Khan, Hina (Co-investigator) Lowe, Christopher (Co-investigator) Owens, Steven Robert (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Apr-2017 - 31-Mar-2019
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTA - University of Strathclyde) | Baumanis, Kristaps
Macdonald, Malcolm (Principal Investigator) Dobie, Gordon (Co-investigator) Baumanis, Kristaps (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 01-Oct-2018

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Address

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
James Weir Building

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