Malcolm Macdonald, B. Eng. (Hons) PhD C.Eng. FRAeS

Prof

  • United Kingdom

20012020
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Research Output 2001 2020

2019

Analysis of responsive satellite manoeuvres using graph theoretical techniques

McGrath, C. N., Clark, R. A. & Macdonald, M., 16 Jul 2019. 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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Satellites
Propellants
Disasters
Propulsion
Spacecraft
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low thrust
satellite constellations
maneuvers
Perturbation Method
Reconfiguration

Network communities of dynamical influence

Clark, R., Punzo, G. & Macdonald, M., 26 Nov 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 13 p., 17590.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Birds
Eigenvalues and eigenfunctions
Brain

Network influence based classification and comparison of neurological conditions

Clark, R., Nikolova, N., Macdonald, M. & McGeown, W. J., 6 Oct 2019, (Accepted/In press). 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Alzheimer Disease
Brain
Community Networks
Parahippocampal Gyrus
Cognitive Dysfunction
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Disasters
Satellites
Planning
Spacecraft
Propulsion
1 Citation (Scopus)

Small satellites for space science: A COSPAR scientific roadmap

Millan, R. M., von Steiger, R., Meir, A., Bartalev, S., Borgeaud, M., Campagnola, S., Castillo-Rogez, J. C., Fléron, R., Gass, V., Gregorio, A., Klumpar, D. M., Lal, B., Macdonald, M., Park, J. U., Rao, V. S., Schilling, K., Stephens, G., Title, A. M. & Wu, J., 15 Oct 2019, In : Advances in Space Research. 64, 8, p. 1466-1517 52 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Committee on Space Research
aerospace sciences
Satellites
industries
flight

Space mission resilience with inter-satellite networking

Lowe, C. J. & Macdonald, M., 10 Aug 2019, In : Reliability Engineering and System Safety. 193, 11 p., 106608.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Satellites
Communication satellites
Communication systems
Degradation
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Light emitting diodes
Lighting
Satellites
2018

Bipartite guidance, navigation and control architecture for autonomous aerial inspections under safety constraints

Punzo, G., MacLeod, C., Baumanis, K., Summan, R., Dobie, G., Pierce, S. & Macdonald, M., 19 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems. 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Electronic guidance systems
Navigation
Inspection
Antennas
Structural health monitoring
2 Citations (Scopus)

Combined high and low-thrust geostationary orbit insertion with radiation constraint

Macdonald, M. & Owens, S. R., 30 Jan 2018, In : Acta Astronautica. 142, p. 1-9 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Propellants
Orbits
Radiation
Fluxes
Electric propulsion

Energy-saving capture at Mars via backward stable orbits

Li, X., Qiao, D. & Macdonald, M., 30 Dec 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics. 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Mars
Energy Saving
mars
Energy conservation
Orbits
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Perturbation Analysis
solar activity
Percent
Friction
Orbits
2 Citations (Scopus)

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., 28 Feb 2018, In : Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy. 130, 12, 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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low thrust
Restricted Three-body Problem
three body problem
Orbits
Modulation
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free-space optical communication
photons
communicating
gallium nitrides
background noise
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Telecommunication links
Electric power utilization
Photons
Satellite simulators
Gallium nitride
2017

An improved differential evolution algorithm and its applications to orbit design

Yao, W., Luo, J., Macdonald, M., Wang, M. & Ma, W., 1 Nov 2017, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics. 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Differential Evolution Algorithm
Differential Evolution
Orbits
Orbit
orbits

Applications of responsive small satellites with MIT TILE electrospray propulsion

McGrath, C., Macdonald, M., Lozano, P., Miller, D. & Krejci, D., 26 Oct 2017. 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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Propulsion
Satellites
Helicopters
Disasters
Nanosatellites

Building resilience by connecting the dots

Lowe, C. & Macdonald, M., 10 Oct 2017, (Accepted/In press). 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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Satellites
Communication satellites
Costs
25 Citations (Scopus)

CubeSat quantum communications mission

Oi, D. KL., Ling, A., Vallone, G., Villoresi, P., Greenland, S. C., Kerr, E., Macdonald, M., Weinfurter, H., Kuiper, H., Charbon, E. & Ursin, R., 17 Apr 2017, In : EPJ Quantum Technology. 4, 6.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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quantum communication
nanosatellites
target acquisition
frogs
constellations
7 Citations (Scopus)

Novel solar sail mission concepts for high-latitude earth and lunar observation

Heiligers, J., Parker, J. S. & Macdonald, M., 30 Dec 2017, In : Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics. 41, 1, p. 212-230

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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ice ridge
polar regions
Moon
Orbits
Orbit

Taxonomy and analysis of issues facing post mission disposal concept

Kerr, E., Macdonald, M. & Voigt, P., 29 Sep 2017, 68th International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2017: Unlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security. Paris, France, Vol. 6. p. 3735-3744 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution book

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taxonomy
disposal
Taxonomies
Spacecraft
spacecraft
2016

Analytical low-thrust satellite maneuvers for rapid ground target revisit

McGrath, C. N. & Macdonald, M., 13 Sep 2016, AIAA SPACE 2016. Reston, VA.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution book

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Satellites
Orbits
7 Citations (Scopus)

Autonomous and scalable control for remote inspection with multiple aerial vehicles

Clark, R. A., Punzo, G., MacLeod, C. N., Dobie, G., Summan, R., Bolton, G., Pierce, S. G. & Macdonald, M., 24 Nov 2016, In : Robotics and Autonomous Systems. 87, p. 258-268 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Inspection
Antennas
Kinematics
Experimental Validation
Path Planning

Consensus speed maximisation in engineered swarms with autocratic leaders

Clark, R., Punzo, G., Baumanis, K. & Macdonald, M., 13 Jul 2016, Proceedings of the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and the International Conference on Automation, Control and Robotics Engineering. New York, 5 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution book

Directed graphs
Telecommunication networks
Genetic algorithms

Consensus speed optimisation with finite leadership perturbation in k-nearest neighbour networks

Clark, R., Punzo, G. & Macdonald, M., 29 Dec 2016, 2016 IEEE 55th Conference on Decision and Control (CDC). Piscataway, N.J.: IEEE, 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution book

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Eigenvalues and eigenfunctions
Directed graphs
Computational complexity
19 Citations (Scopus)

Extension of Earth-Moon libration point orbits with solar sail propulsion

Heiligers, J., Macdonald, M. & S. Parker, J., 27 Jul 2016, In : Astrophysics and Space Science. 361, 20 p., 241.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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solar propulsion
ice ridge
libration
moon
Moon
1 Citation (Scopus)

General perturbations method for orbit lifetime analysis incorporating non-spherically-symmetrical atmospheres

Kerr, E. & Macdonald, M., 16 Sep 2016, AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2016. Reston, Virginia, United States, 22 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution book

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Orbits
orbits
atmospheres
perturbation
life (durability)

Improving the accuracy of orbit lifetime analysis using enhanced general perturbations methods

Kerr, E. & Macdonald, M., 17 Feb 2016, AAS/AIAA Spaceflight Mechanics Meeting 2016. Ozimek, M. T., Zanetti, R., Bowes, A. L., Russell, R. P. & Ozimek, M. T. (eds.). Vol. 158. p. 2529-2542 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution book

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Orbits
perturbation
orbits
life (durability)
orbit decay
3 Citations (Scopus)
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Satellites
Network layers
Network performance
Network protocols
6 Citations (Scopus)

Using network dynamical influence to drive consensus

Punzo, G., Young, G. F., Macdonald, M. & Leonard, N. E., 23 May 2016, In : Scientific Reports. 6, 13 p., 26318 .

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Dynamical systems
Decision making
2015

A general perturbations method for spacecraft lifetime analysis

Kerr, E. & Macdonald, M., 11 Jan 2015. 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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Perturbation Method
Spacecraft
Lifetime
Orbits
Atmospheric density

An analytical low-cost deployment strategy for satellite constellations

McGrath, C., Kerr, E. & Macdonald, M., 9 Nov 2015, p. Article BIS-RS-2015-45. 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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Satellites
Orbits
Launching
Costs
Propellants
2 Citations (Scopus)
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Flexible spacecraft
Splines
Nonlinear programming
Polynomial approximation
Wavelet decomposition
7 Citations (Scopus)

Concept-of-operations disposal analysis of spacecraft by gossamer structure

Macdonald, M., McInnes, C., Bewick, C., Visagie, L., Lappas, V. & Erb, S., Mar 2015, In : Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets. p. 517-525 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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disposal
Spacecraft
spacecraft
Space debris
space debris

Design and applications of solar sail periodic orbits in the non-autonomous Earth-Moon system

Heiligers, M., Macdonald, M. & Parker, J. S., 10 Aug 2015. 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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Earth-Moon system
ice ridge
Moon
Orbits
Earth (planet)
2 Citations (Scopus)

Design of a reconfigurable satellite constellation

McGrath, C. & Macdonald, M., 12 Oct 2015, p. Paper IAC-15.C1.9.4. 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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Satellites
Propulsion
Orbits
Visualization
Earth (planet)

Improving the accuracy of general perturbations methods of spacecraft lifetime analysis

Kerr, E. & Macdonald, M., 12 Oct 2015, p. Article IAC 2015-A6.4.6. 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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Spacecraft
Orbits
Space debris
Barreling
2014

3D model generation using an airborne swarm

Clark, R., Punzo, G., Dobie, G., Summan, R., MacLeod, C. N., Pierce, S., Macdonald, M. & Bolton, G., 1 Oct 2014, E-Book of Abstracts 41st Annual Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation Conference. Ames, Iowa, 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution book

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Swarm
3D Model
Inspection
Coverage
Target

A geostationary equivalent Polar observation system

Anderson, P., Macdonald, M. & Dobke, B., Nov 2014, p. BIS-RS-2014-22. 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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Orbits
Spacecraft
Poles
Earth (planet)
1 Citation (Scopus)

Analytical three-phase transfer to a solar polar orbit using solar sail propulsion

McGrath, C. & Macdonald, M., 3 Oct 2014, p. IAC-14-C.6.11. 7 p.

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ice ridge
Propulsion
Orbits
trajectory
Trajectories

Autonomous swarm testbed with multiple quadcopters

Clark, R., Punzo, G., Dobie, G., Summan, R., MacLeod, C. N., Pierce, G. & Macdonald, M., 30 Jul 2014. 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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Testbeds
Drones
Controllers
Wi-Fi
Enclosures

Characteristics of swarms on the edge of fragmentation

Punzo, G., Simo, J., Bennet, D. J. & Macdonald, M., 10 Mar 2014, In : Physical Review E. 89, 12 p., 032903.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Swarm
Fragmentation
fragmentation
Communication
subgroups
1 Citation (Scopus)

Concepts for a geostationary-like polar missions

Macdonald, M., Anderson, P., Carrea, L., Dobke, B., Embury, O., Merchant, C. & Bensi, P., 22 Sep 2014, Sensors, Systems and Next-Feneration Satellites XVIII: Proceedings of SPIE 2014. Meynart, R., Neeck, S. P. & Shimoda, H. (eds.). Vol. 9241. 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

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Orbits
Image sensors
Remote sensing
Poles
Lead
5 Citations (Scopus)

Enabling and exploiting self-similar central symmetry formations

Punzo, G., Karagiannakis, P., Bennet, D. J., Macdonald, M. & Weiss, S., Jan 2014, In : IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems. 50, 1, p. 689-703

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Antenna arrays
Fractals
Orbits
Earth (planet)
Antennas

Gossamer roadmap technology reference study for a multiple NEO rendezvous mission

Dachwald, B. & Macdonald, M., Mar 2014, Advances in Solar Sailing. Macdonald, M. (ed.). Germany, Vol. 1. p. 211-216 6 p. (Springer Praxis Books: Astronautical Engineering; vol. 1).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Gossamer roadmap technology reference study for a solar polar mission

Macdonald, M., McGrath, C., Appourchaux, T., Dachwald, B., Finsterle, W., Gizon, L., Liewer, P. C., McInnes, C., Mengali, G., Seboldt, W., Sekii, T., Solanki, S. K., Velli, M., Wimmer-Schweingruber, R. F., Spietz, P. & Reinhard, R., Mar 2014, Advances in Solar Sailing. Macdonald, M. (ed.). Germany, Vol. 1. p. 243-258 16 p. (Springer Praxis Books: Astronautical Engineering; vol. 1).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

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ice ridge
payloads
Spacecraft
boom
budgets

Gossamer roadmap technology reference study for a sub-L1 Space weather mission

McInnes, C., Bothmer, V., Dachwald, B., Geppert, U. R. M. E., Heiligers, J., Hilgers, A., Johnson, L., Macdonald, M., Reinhard, R., Seboldt, W. & Spietz, P., Mar 2014, Advances in Solar Sailing. Macdonald, M. (ed.). Germany, Vol. 1. p. 227-242 16 p. (Springer Praxis Books: Astronautical Engineering; vol. 1).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

ice ridge
weather
Orbital transfer
Spacecraft
Demonstrations

Impact assessment of Scottish independence on the space sector

Macdonald, M. & Smith, L. J., 8 Jul 2014, Glasgow: University of Strathclyde. 34 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

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Ecosystems
Economics
government liability
indemnity
nationality

It's hip to be square: The CubeSat revolution

Macdonald, M. & Lowe, C. J., Feb 2014, In : Aerospace. p. 22-25

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Spacecraft

Mission possible

Macdonald, M., 22 Apr 2014, Financial Chronicle 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationFeatured article

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Satellites
Students
Costs
Industry