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

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  • United Kingdom

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2019
17 Downloads (Pure)

Analysis of responsive satellite manoeuvres using graph theoretical techniques

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

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Satellites
Propellants
Disasters
Propulsion
Spacecraft
3 Downloads (Pure)
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Alzheimer Disease
Brain
Neural networks
Community Networks
Parahippocampal Gyrus
11 Downloads (Pure)
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Disasters
Satellites
Planning
Spacecraft
Propulsion
2017
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.

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Propulsion
Satellites
Helicopters
Disasters
Nanosatellites
24 Downloads (Pure)

Building resilience by connecting the dots

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

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Satellites
Communication satellites
Costs
2015
151 Downloads (Pure)

A general perturbations method for spacecraft lifetime analysis

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

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Perturbation Method
Spacecraft
Lifetime
Orbits
Atmospheric density
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.

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Satellites
Orbits
Launching
Costs
Propellants
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.

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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.

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Satellites
Propulsion
Orbits
Visualization
Earth (planet)
157 Downloads (Pure)

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.

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Spacecraft
Orbits
Space debris
Barreling
2014
197 Downloads (Pure)

A geostationary equivalent Polar observation system

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

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Orbits
Spacecraft
Poles
Earth (planet)
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.

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ice ridge
Propulsion
Orbits
trajectory
Trajectories
794 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.

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Testbeds
Drones
Controllers
Wi-Fi
Enclosures
59 Downloads (Pure)

Scientific mission to a solar polar orbit using solar sail propulsion

McGrath, C. & Macdonald, M., 3 Oct 2014, p. IAC-14-E2.1.7. 7 p.

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Propulsion
Orbits
Sun
Systems analysis
Thermal stress
2013
5 Citations (Scopus)
70 Downloads (Pure)

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

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

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Circle
Orbits
Electric propulsion
Trajectories
Propulsion
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.

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Orbits
Orbit
Trajectories
Trajectory
Earth (planet)
2 Citations (Scopus)
186 Downloads (Pure)

Hohmann spiral transfer with inclination change performed by low-thrust system

Owens, S. R. & Macdonald, M., 10 Feb 2013. 18 p.

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Orbits
Orbital transfer
Spacecraft
Propulsion
Trajectories
2 Citations (Scopus)
35 Downloads (Pure)

Impact of a purina fractal array geometry on beamforming performance and complexity

Karagiannakis, P., Weiss, S., Punzo, G., Macdonald, M., Bowman, J. & Stewart, R., Sep 2013. 5 p.

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Beamforming
Fractals
Geometry
Costs

Impact of Purina fractal array geometry on beamforming performance and complexity

Karagiannakis, P., Weiss, S., Punzo, G., Macdonald, M., Bowman, J. & Stewart, R., 9 Sep 2013.

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9 Citations (Scopus)
149 Downloads (Pure)

Needs assessment of gossamer structures in communications platform end-of-life disposal

Macdonald, M., McInnes, C. & Bewick, C., 19 Aug 2013. 21 p.

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Drag
Spacecraft
Propulsion
Communication
Orbits
2 Citations (Scopus)
114 Downloads (Pure)

Novel numerical optimisation of the Hohmann Spiral Transfer

Owens, S. R. & Macdonald, M., 23 Sep 2013, p. Paper IAC-13-C1.6.7. 11 p.

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Orbits
Orbital transfer
Propulsion
Spacecraft
Earth (planet)
1 Citation (Scopus)
50 Downloads (Pure)

Novel orbits of Mercury and Venus enabled using low-thrust propulsion

Anderson, P., Macdonald, M. & Yen, C. L., 10 Feb 2013. 20 p.

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low thrust propulsion
Venus (planet)
Venus
Propulsion
Orbits
90 Downloads (Pure)

Parametric CubeSat flight simulation architecture

Lowe, C. J., Macdonald, M. & Greenland, S., 23 Sep 2013, p. Article IAC-13-B4.3.4. 8 p.

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Flight Simulation
Parametric Modeling
Coupled Model
Systems Engineering
Numerical Analysis
68 Downloads (Pure)

Residual air inflated systems for CubeSats

Clark, R. & Macdonald, M., 23 Sep 2013, p. IAC-13-E2.1.6, p 20306. 11 p.

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Air
Membranes
Sounding rockets
Solar radiation
Debris
1 Citation (Scopus)
83 Downloads (Pure)

Through-life modelling of nano-satellite power system dynamics

Lowe, C. J., Macdonald, M. & Greenland, S., 23 Sep 2013, p. Article IAC-13-C3.4.4. 10 p.

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System Dynamics
Power System
Dynamical systems
Orbits
Satellites
2012
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.

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Numerical analysis
Numerical Analysis
Orbits
Orbit
Eccentricity
1 Citation (Scopus)
132 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.

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Remote sensing
Orbits
Earth (planet)
Electric propulsion
Spacecraft
325 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.

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Oceans and Seas
Remote sensing
Color
Biogeochemistry
Nanosatellites
47 Downloads (Pure)

Extension of Martian orbits using continuous low-thrust propulsion

Anderson, P., Macdonald, M. & Yen, C. L., 29 Oct 2012. 18 p.

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low thrust propulsion
Propulsion
Orbits
spacecraft
thrust
3 Citations (Scopus)
169 Downloads (Pure)

Low-cost, multi-agent systems for planetary surface exploration

Punzo, G., Dobie, G., Bennet, D. J., Jamieson, J. & Macdonald, M., 1 Oct 2012. 12 p.

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Multi agent systems
Consumer electronics
Costs
Landing
Remote sensing
124 Downloads (Pure)

New methodologies for the thermal modelling of CubeSats

Reiss, P., Hager, P., Bewick (Lucking), C. & Macdonald, M., 13 Aug 2012. 21 p.

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Thermal Modeling
Methodology
Thermal Analysis
Process Modeling
Software

New methodologies for the thermal modelling of CubeSats

Reiss, P., Hager, P., Bewick (Lucking), C. & Macdonald, M., 4 Jun 2012.

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1 Citation (Scopus)

Reconfigurable robotic platforms for structural health monitoring

Pierce, S., Punzo, G., Dobie, G., Summan, R., MacLeod, C. N., McInnes, C., Biggs, J., Macdonald, M. & Bennet, D. J., 3 Jul 2012.

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Structural health monitoring
Robotics
1 Citation (Scopus)
160 Downloads (Pure)

Static highly elliptical orbits using hybrid low-thrust propulsion

Anderson, P. & Macdonald, M., 29 Jan 2012, p. Article AAS12-257. 21 p.

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Propulsion
Orbits
Spacecraft
Solar sails
Radiation
2011
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.

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Fractals
Spacecraft
Antennas
Decentralized control
Cosmic rays
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.

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Propulsion
Orbits
Spacecraft
Transfer cases (vehicles)
Earth (planet)

CubeSat networks for fractionalised spacecraft: A review

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

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2010
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.

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

A novel interplanetary communications relay

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

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interplanetary communication
relay
Electric propulsion
solar electric propulsion
Spacecraft
10 Citations (Scopus)
25 Downloads (Pure)

Extension of earth orbits using low-thrust propulsion

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

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Propulsion
Orbits
Earth (planet)
Spacecraft
Earth sciences
77 Downloads (Pure)

Solar sail mission applications and future advancement

Macdonald, M. & McInnes, C. R., 20 Jul 2010.

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Propulsion
Spacecraft
Space applications
Trajectories
51 Downloads (Pure)

Swarm shape manipulation through connection control

Punzo, G., Bennet, D. J. & Macdonald, M., 31 Aug 2010.

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Swarm
Manipulation
Distributed Architecture
Limiting
Guidance Law
2009
16 Citations (Scopus)
54 Downloads (Pure)

Non-Keplerian orbits using low thrust, high ISP propulsion systems

McKay, R., Macdonald, M., Bosquillon de Frescheville, F., Vasile, M., McInnes, C. & Biggs, J., 12 Oct 2009, p. C1.2.8. 15 p.

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Propulsion
Orbits
Moon
Planets
Sun
3 Citations (Scopus)
96 Downloads (Pure)

Non-linear autopilot design using the philosophy of variable transient response

Counsell, J. M., Brindley, J. & Macdonald, M., Aug 2009, p. 180157. 12 p.

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Transient analysis
System stability
Controllers
Stability criteria
Missiles
2008

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
2007

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.

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Launch vehicles
23 Downloads (Pure)

Optical solar sail degradation modelling

Dachwald, B., Mengali, G., Quarta, A. A., Macdonald, M. & McInnes, C. R., 27 Jun 2007.

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degradation
solar sails
aerospace environments
histories
coatings

Testing GNC technologies for planetary landing on Mars and Moon analogues

Guizzo, G. P., Bertoli, A., Torre, A. D., Magistrati, G., Mailland, F., Vukman, A., Philippe, C., Jurado, M. M., Ori, G. G., Macdonald, M., Romberg, O., Dedei, S. & Zaccariotto, M., 2007.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Moon
Landing
Test facilities
Testing
Navigation
2004
6 Downloads (Pure)

Solar sailing

Macdonald, M. & Hughes, G. W., 2004.

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Trajectories
Planets
Earth (planet)
Hardware