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

Prof

  • United Kingdom

20012020
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Research Output 2001 2020

76 Downloads (Pure)

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
11 Citations (Scopus)
113 Downloads (Pure)

Adaptive backstepping control for optimal descent with embedded autonomy

Li, M., Jing, W., Macdonald, M. & McInnes, C., Oct 2011, In : Aerospace Science and Technology. 15, 7, p. 1396-1411

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Input Saturation
Backstepping Control
Backstepping
Descent
Adaptive Control

A detailed examination of interactive buckling in plain channel sections

Aziz, A., Rhodes, J., Macdonald, M. & Nash, D. H., 2006, Proceedings of the 18th International Specialty Conference on Cold-Formed Steel Structures 2006.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Buckling
Finite element method
4 Citations (Scopus)
114 Downloads (Pure)

A fractally fractionated spacecraft

Punzo, G., Bennet, D. J. & Macdonald, M., 3 Oct 2011, p. Article IAC-11-D1.4.11. 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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Fractals
Spacecraft
Antennas
Decentralized control
Cosmic rays
151 Downloads (Pure)

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
196 Downloads (Pure)

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)
5 Citations (Scopus)
173 Downloads (Pure)

Analogy to bi-elliptic transfers incorporating high- and low-thrust

Owens, S. R. & Macdonald, M., May 2013, In : Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics. 36, 3, p. 890-894

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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high thrust
low thrust
Analogy
Orbits
thrust
2 Citations (Scopus)

Analysis of a solar sail mercury sample return mission

Hughes, G. W., Macdonald, M., McInnes, C., Atzei, A. & Falkner, P., 2004, Proceedings of the 55th International Astronautical Congress. IAC-04-S.2.b.08 ed. p. 197

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

ice ridge
gravity
planetary surface
parking
mercury
16 Downloads (Pure)

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
5 Citations (Scopus)
70 Downloads (Pure)

Analytical, circle-to-circle low-thrust transfer trajectories with plane change

Macdonald, M., 19 Aug 2013. 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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Circle
Orbits
Electric propulsion
Trajectories
Propulsion
50 Citations (Scopus)
29 Downloads (Pure)

Analytical control laws for planet-centred solar sailing

Macdonald, M. & McInnes, C. R., 2005, In : Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics. 28, 5, p. 1038-1048 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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ice ridge
Planets
planets
Orbits
planet
6 Citations (Scopus)
32 Downloads (Pure)

Analytical landing trajectories for embedded autonomy

Li, M., Macdonald, M., McInnes, C. R. & Jing, W., Nov 2010, In : Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering . 224, 11, p. 1177-1191 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Landing
Trajectories
Lunar landing
Polynomials
Boundary conditions
36 Downloads (Pure)

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
11 Citations (Scopus)
224 Downloads (Pure)

Analytical sun synchronous low-thrust manoeuvres

Docherty, S. & Macdonald, M., Mar 2012, In : Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics. 35, 2, p. 681-686

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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low thrust
maneuvers
Sun
sun
thrust
1 Citation (Scopus)
58 Downloads (Pure)

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.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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ice ridge
Propulsion
Orbits
trajectory
Trajectories

Analytic control laws for near-optimal geocentric solar sail transfers

Macdonald, M. & McInnes, C. R., 2001, Advances in Astronautical Science. 3 ed. Vol. 109. p. 2693-2411 282 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

27 Downloads (Pure)

An analysis of dissipation functions in swarming systems

Bennet, D. J., Biggs, J. D., McInnes, C. R. & Macdonald, M., 6 Sep 2010.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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Swarm
Dissipation
Term
Mobile agents
Artificial Potential Field
122 Downloads (Pure)

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
17 Citations (Scopus)

A near-term roadmap for solar sailing

Macdonald, M., McInnes, C. & Hughes, G. W., 2004, Proceedings of the 55th International Astronautical Congress. p. 96

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Demonstrations
Propulsion
Sensitivity analysis
Earth (planet)
Systems analysis
5 Citations (Scopus)
136 Downloads (Pure)

An extension and numerical analysis of the Hohmann spiral transfer

Owens, S. R. & Macdonald, M., 1 Oct 2012, p. Article IAC-12-C1.5.5. 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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Numerical analysis
Numerical Analysis
Orbits
Orbit
Eccentricity
32 Downloads (Pure)

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
1 Citation (Scopus)
107 Downloads (Pure)

A novel approach to hybrid propulsion transfers

Owens, S. R. & Macdonald, M., 3 Oct 2011, p. Article IAC-C1.9.7. 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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Propulsion
Orbits
Spacecraft
Transfer cases (vehicles)
Earth (planet)
1 Citation (Scopus)
131 Downloads (Pure)

A novel design concept for space-based polar remote sensing

Macdonald, M., Anderson, P. & Warren, C., Sep 2012, p. Paper 8533-24. 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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Remote sensing
Orbits
Earth (planet)
Electric propulsion
Spacecraft
82 Downloads (Pure)

A novel interplanetary communications relay

Mckay, R., Macdonald, M., Vasile, M. & Bosquillon de Frescheville, F., 2 Aug 2010, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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interplanetary communication
relay
Electric propulsion
solar electric propulsion
Spacecraft
18 Downloads (Pure)

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
2 Citations (Scopus)
83 Downloads (Pure)
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Flexible spacecraft
Splines
Nonlinear programming
Polynomial approximation
Wavelet decomposition
9 Citations (Scopus)
74 Downloads (Pure)

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
790 Downloads (Pure)

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
10 Downloads (Pure)

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
24 Downloads (Pure)

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
111 Downloads (Pure)

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
324 Downloads (Pure)

Charybdis: The next generation in ocean colour and biogeochemical remote sensing

Lowe, C. J., Macdonald, M., Greenland, S. & McKee, D., 13 Aug 2012, p. Article Number SSC12-IV-7. 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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Oceans and Seas
Remote sensing
Color
Biogeochemistry
Nanosatellites

Collision and evaporation avoidance for spacecraft formation

Radice, G. & Macdonald, M., 2008, p. IAC-08.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

collision avoidance
avoidance
Spacecraft
spacecraft
Evaporation
2 Citations (Scopus)
25 Downloads (Pure)

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
7 Citations (Scopus)
64 Downloads (Pure)

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
2 Citations (Scopus)
264 Downloads (Pure)

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

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
2 Citations (Scopus)
11 Downloads (Pure)

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

CubeSat networks for fractionalised spacecraft: A review

Karagiannakis, P., Weiss, S., Macdonald, M., Bowman, J. & O'Sullivan, J., 24 Jan 2011.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

26 Citations (Scopus)
65 Downloads (Pure)

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
90 Downloads (Pure)

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)
91 Downloads (Pure)

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)

Development of an end-to-end simulation for re-usable launch vehicle

Reid, J., Macdonald, M., Milic, E., Ortega, G. & Blasco, A., 2007, p. IAC-07.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Launch vehicles
5 Citations (Scopus)
135 Downloads (Pure)

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
3 Citations (Scopus)
177 Downloads (Pure)

End-of-life disposal trajectories for libration point and highly elliptical orbit missions

Colombo, C., Lewis, H., Letizia, F., Vasile, M., Vetrisano, M., Van Der Weg, W. J., McInnes, C., Macdonald, M., Alessi, E. M., Rossi, A., Dimare, L. & Landgraf, M., 23 Sep 2013, p. IAC-13-A6.P.24, p 2563. 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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Orbits
Orbit
Trajectories
Trajectory
Earth (planet)
5 Downloads (Pure)

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
73 Downloads (Pure)

Enhancing self-similar patterns by asymmetric artificial potential functions in partially connected swarms

Punzo, G., Bennet, D. J. & Macdonald, M., 2 Sep 2011, Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems. 1st ed. Vol. 6856. (Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence; vol. 6856).

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

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Potential Function
Swarm
Mobile Robotics
Symmetry
Configuration
19 Citations (Scopus)
44 Downloads (Pure)

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
10 Citations (Scopus)
25 Downloads (Pure)

Extension of earth orbits using low-thrust propulsion

Anderson, P. & Macdonald, M., 27 Sep 2010.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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Propulsion
Orbits
Earth (planet)
Spacecraft
Earth sciences
10 Citations (Scopus)
131 Downloads (Pure)

Extension of highly elliptical Earth orbits using continuous low-thrust propulsion

Anderson, P. & Macdonald, M., Jan 2013, In : Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics. 36, 1, p. 282-292

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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low thrust propulsion
elliptical orbits
Earth orbits
Propulsion
Orbits