Academic staff

Dr Katharine Smith
Group Lead and Reader in Space Systems,
Aerospace Discipline Head of Education

Dr Peter Roberts
Reader in Spacecraft Engineering (Space@Manchester Network Lead)

Dr Sergey Utyuzhnikov
Professor of Computational Mathematics

Dr Peter Hollingsworth
Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering

Dr Ben Parslew
Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering

Dr Ciara McGrath
Lecturer in Aerospace Systems

Dr Nicholas Crisp
Lecturer in Aerospace Systems

Research staff

Kwok Cheung John Lo
Research Associate

Current PhD researchers

Mobin Malik
Electrospray Propulsion for Nanosatellite Systems

Brandon E.A. Holmes
The Effects of Hyperthermal Atomic Oxygen on Satellites at VLEO Altitudes

Sahil Marahaj
Electrospray Emission out of a Laser Ablated Sheet of Polytetrafluoroethylene

Ian Muirhead
Development of VLEO Telecommunications Constellations

Karol Wijacinski
Development of Reduced Gravity Testing Capabilities using Unmanned Aerial Systems

Benjamin Kent
Platform Design of Very Low Earth Orbit Satellites incorporating Atmosphere Breathing Electric Propulsion

John Mackintosh
Development of Sustainable Design Approaches for Future Space Missions

Belen Lopez Pardo
Development of a Fast
Analytical Method of Solar System Trajectory Exploration

Alumni and student theses

Dr Alejandro Macario Rojas
Research Associate (2018-2023)

Dr Luciana Sinpetru
Optimising Satellite Geometries to Minimise Drag in Very Low Earth Orbits, 2022

Dr Lavanan Vengadasalam
Preference­Centric Design Methodology: Explicit Quantitative Measures for Engineering Design Evaluation and Selection, 2022

Dr Vitor Oiko
Research Associate (2017-2022)

Dr Gunter Just
Investigation and Development of Regolith Excavation and Handling Mechanisms for Lunar In-Situ Resource Utilisation, 2021

Dr Sabrina Livadiotti
Application of orbital aerodynamics to satellite attitude control, 2021

Dr Thomas Fisher
Development of Advanced Techniques for Aerodynamic Assessment of Blunt Bodies in Hypersonic Flows, 2019

Dr Qin Xu
Value-Centric Design Architecture Based on Analysis of Space System Characteristics, 2019

Dr Rui Wu
Self-Regulated Centrifugal Deployment of Passive Space Structures, 2018

Dr Zhou (Daniel) Hao
Orbital Aerodynamic Attitude Control For Spacecraft, 2018

Dr Alejandro Macario Rojas
Design Considerations for LEO Nanosatellite Propulsion Technologies, 2018

Dr David Mostaza Prieto
Characterisation and Applications of Aerodynamic Torques on Satellites, 2017

Dr Nicholas H. Crisp
A Methodology for the Integrated Design of Small Satellite Constellation Deployment, 2016


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