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Design and performance optimisation of a multi-stage space access system Surrogate modelling for large datasets within multidisciplinary design optimisation

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Personal Statement

Dr Maddock is an expert in mathematical modelling and system design optimisation for transatmospheric flight vehicles, including spaceplane-based launch systems. 

Dr Maddock received her undergraduate honours degree in 2002 in Aerospace Engineering with a concentration in Electronics and Systems from Carleton University in Canada. Her thesis was on the design of an optical inter-satellite link for a LEO-GEO data relay satellite system. Her doctoral research was conducted at the University of Glasgow on the dynamics, navigation and control of a spacecraft formation of solar concentrators in the proximity of an asteroid. Prior to obtaining her PhD, Dr Maddock worked for the Canadian Spectrum Engineering Division analysing and designing future communications satellites, and sitting on a number of working parties within the Radiocommunications bureau of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Earth-to-space vehicle design
  • Spacecraft formation flying
  • Modelling and simulation of engineering systems
  • Satellite telecommunications
  • Evaluation and analysis of trajectory design for air/space vehicles
  • Design and analysis of proximal motion dynamics, open and closed loop control
  • Analysis and/or the development and simulation of software models
  • Consultation on the regulatory process for satellite frequency and orbital location

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Engineering, University of Glasgow

Bachelor of Engineering, Carleton University

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Projects 2013 2022

Research Output 2007 2019

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optimal control
Optimal Control Problem
Nonlinear programming
Nonlinear Programming
nonlinear programming
Open Access
Global optimization


Scramjet combustion modeling using eddy dissipation model

Author: Hoste, J. O. E., 1 Apr 2018

Supervisor: Fossati, M. (Supervisor) & Maddock, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Activities 2015 2019

System design optimisation for space transport

Christie Maddock (Speaker)
25 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

International Astronautical Congress 2019

Christie Maddock (Chair)
20 Mar 201919 Oct 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of special symposia