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

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  • United Kingdom

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2019
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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.

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Birds
Eigenvalues and eigenfunctions
Brain
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.

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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.

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Satellites
Communication satellites
Communication systems
Degradation
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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low thrust
Restricted Three-body Problem
three body problem
Orbits
Modulation
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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.

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Differential Evolution Algorithm
Differential Evolution
Orbits
Orbit
orbits
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.

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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

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ice ridge
polar regions
Moon
Orbits
Orbit
2016
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.

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Inspection
Antennas
Kinematics
Experimental Validation
Path Planning
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.

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solar propulsion
ice ridge
libration
moon
Moon
3 Citations (Scopus)
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Satellites
Network layers
Network performance
Network protocols
7 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 .

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Dynamical systems
Decision making
2015
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.

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disposal
Spacecraft
spacecraft
Space debris
space debris
2014

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.

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Swarm
Fragmentation
fragmentation
Communication
subgroups
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

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Antenna arrays
Fractals
Orbits
Earth (planet)
Antennas

It's hip to be square: The CubeSat revolution

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

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Spacecraft
5 Citations (Scopus)

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

Anderson, P., Macdonald, M. & Yen, C., Feb 2014, In : Acta Astronautica. 94, 2, p. 634-645

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Propulsion
Orbits
Planets
Sun
Earth (planet)
2 Citations (Scopus)

Rapid model-based inter-disciplinary design of a CubeSat mission

Lowe, C. J. & Macdonald, M., Dec 2014, In : Acta Astronautica. 105, 1, p. 321-332 12 p.

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Satellites
Orbits
Earth (planet)
Costs
Optimal design
2013
5 Citations (Scopus)

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

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

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

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low thrust propulsion
elliptical orbits
Earth orbits
Propulsion
Orbits
3 Citations (Scopus)

Static highly elliptical orbits using hybrid low-thrust propulsion

Anderson, P. & Macdonald, M., May 2013, In : Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics. 36, 3, p. 870-880

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hybrid propulsion
low thrust propulsion
solar sails
elliptical orbits
Solar sails
2 Citations (Scopus)

Sun-synchronous highly elliptical orbits using low-thrust propulsion

Anderson, P. & Macdonald, M., Nov 2013, In : Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics. 36, 6, p. 1849-1855

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low thrust propulsion
elliptical orbits
Sun
polar regions
Propulsion
2012
11 Citations (Scopus)

Analytical sun synchronous low-thrust manoeuvres

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

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low thrust
maneuvers
Sun
sun
thrust
2011
11 Citations (Scopus)

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

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Input Saturation
Backstepping Control
Backstepping
Descent
Adaptive Control
12 Citations (Scopus)

Low-thrust enabled highly non-Keplerian orbits in support of future Mars exploration

Macdonald, M., Mckay, R., Vasile, M., Bosquillon de Frescheville, F., Biggs, J. & McInnes, C., Sep 2011, In : Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics. 34, 5, p. 1396-1411 16 p.

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low thrust
Mars exploration
Mars
relay
Relay
59 Citations (Scopus)

Solar sail science mission applications and advancement: solar sailing: concepts, technology, missions

Macdonald, M. & McInnes, C., 1 Dec 2011, In : Advances in Space Research. 48, 11, p. 1702-1716 15 p.

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ice ridge
technological development
solar propulsion
spacecraft
propulsion
101 Citations (Scopus)

Survey of highly non-Keplerian orbits with low-thrust propulsion

Mckay, R., Macdonald, M., Biggs, J. & McInnes, C., May 2011, In : Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics. 34, 3, p. 645-666

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low thrust propulsion
Propulsion
Orbits
thrust
Orbit
2010
5 Citations (Scopus)

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.

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Landing
Trajectories
Lunar landing
Polynomials
Boundary conditions
14 Citations (Scopus)

Extension of the sun-synchronous Orbit

Macdonald, M., McKay, R. J., Vasile, M. & Bosquillon de Frescheville, F., Nov 2010, In : Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics. 33, 6, p. 1935-1940 6 p.

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Sun
sun
Orbits
Orbit
orbits
31 Citations (Scopus)

Technology requirements of exploration beyond Neptune by solar sail propulsion

Macdonald, M., McInnes, C. R. & Hughes, G. W., May 2010, In : Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets. 47, 3, p. 472-483 12 p.

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solar propulsion
ice ridge
Neptune (planet)
Neptune
Propulsion
2008
11 Citations (Scopus)

Mars and moon exploration passing through the european precision landing GNC test facility

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., 2008, In : Acta Astronautica. 63, 1-4, p. 74-90 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Control facilities
Mars exploration
landing
Moon
test facilities
2007
52 Citations (Scopus)

GeoSail: an elegant solar sail demonstration mission

Macdonald, M., Hughes, G. W., McInnes, C., Lyngvi, A., Falkner, P. & Atzei, A., Jul 2007, In : Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets. 44, 4, p. 784-796 13 p.

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ice ridge
Propulsion
Demonstrations
propulsion
Solar system
32 Citations (Scopus)

Heliocentric solar sail orbit transfers with locally optimal control laws

Dachwald, B., Macdonald, M. & McInnes, C., 2007, In : Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets. 44, 1, p. 273-276 3 p.

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solar orbits
Orbital transfer
ice ridge
optimal control
trajectory
40 Citations (Scopus)

Impact of optical degredation on solar sail mission performance

Macdonald, M., McInnes, C. R. & Dachwald, B., 2007, In : Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets. 44, 4, p. 740-749 9 p.

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ice ridge
Degradation
Solar sails
degradation
Optical films
2006
22 Citations (Scopus)

GeoSail: Exploring the megnetosphere using a low cost solar sail

Macdonald, M., McInnes, C. R., Alexander, D. & Sandman, A., 2006, In : Acta Astronautica. 59, 8-11, p. 757-767 10 p.

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Propulsion
Costs
Orbits
Demonstrations
Earth (planet)
76 Citations (Scopus)

Parametric model and optimal control of solar sails with optical degradation

Dachwald, B., Mengali, G., Quarta, A. A. & Macdonald, M., 2006, In : Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics. 29, 5, p. 1170-1178 8 p.

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Solar sails
solar sails
ice ridge
optimal control
Parametric Model
12 Citations (Scopus)

Sample return from Mercury and other terrestrial planets using solar sail propulsion

Hughes, G. W., Macdonald, M., McInnes, C., Lyngvi, A., Falkner, P. & Atzei, A., 2006, In : Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets. 43, 4, p. 828-835 7 p.

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solar propulsion
ice ridge
terrestrial planets
Planets
Propulsion
57 Citations (Scopus)

Solar polar orbiter: a solar sail technology reference study

Macdonald, M., Hughes, G. W., McInnes, C., Lyngvi, A., Falkner, P. & Atzei, A., 2006, In : Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets. 43, 5, p. 960-972 12 p.

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ice ridge
Spacecraft
spacecraft
solar propulsion
spacecraft environments
7 Citations (Scopus)

Terrestrial planet sample return missions using solar sail propulsion

Hughes, G. W., Macdonald, M. & McInnes, C., 2006, In : ESA European Space Agency Bulletin. 59, 8-11, p. 797-806 9 p.

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solar propulsion
sample return missions
Asteroids
ice ridge
terrestrial planets
2005
50 Citations (Scopus)

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.

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ice ridge
Planets
planets
Orbits
planet
36 Citations (Scopus)

Realistic Earth escape strategies for solar sailing

Macdonald, M. & McInnes, C. R., 2005, In : Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics. 28, 2, p. 315-323 9 p.

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ice ridge
escape
Orbits
Orbit
Earth (planet)
25 Citations (Scopus)

Spacecraft planetary capture using gravity assist manoeuvres

Macdonald, M. & McInnes, C. R., 2005, In : Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics. 28, 2, p. 365-369 4 p.

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Interplanetary spacecraft
interplanetary spacecraft
maneuvers
Spacecraft
savings
2003
13 Citations (Scopus)

Low cost Mercury orbiter and Mercury sample return missions using solar sail propulsion

McInnes, C., Hughes, G. W. & Macdonald, M., Aug 2003, In : Aeronautical Journal. 107, 1074, p. 469-478 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Launch vehicles
Propulsion
Electric propulsion
Costs
2002
5 Citations (Scopus)

Payload mass fraction optimization for solar cargo missions

McInnes, C., Hughes, G. W. & Macdonald, M., 2002, In : Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets. 39, 6, p. 933-935 2 p.

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ice ridge
cargo
Solar sails
payloads
Logistics