Institute for Aerospace Technology

Space Contacts and Capabilities

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The University of Nottingham has an array of world class academics, researchers and administrative staff that have years of experience in space research and projects. Our expertise includes: astrobiology, astromedecine, astropharmacy, global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), small satellites, space debris, earth observation, astrophysics, materials, manufacturing, system dynamics and controls and electromagnetic design.

Space researchers, academics and professional staff at the University of Nottingham
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Paul Bhatia

Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)

Programme Management of GRACE, Industry engagement, GNSS & EO testing, training and consultancy and EO InSAR applications.

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Dr Paul Blunt

Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)

Signal processing including signal modulation, multiplexing and encoding techniques, and acquisition and tracking architectures, integrated navigation including performance analysis of a GNSS-based navigation system for lunar missions.

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Prof Doreen Boyd

Earth Observation

Application of Earth Observation data and methods for optimal extract of information relating to terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems, particularly with respect to socio-ecological interactions.

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Dr Chantal Cappelletti

Small satellites and space debris

Small satellites including mission analysis and design, satellite systems analysis, design and implementation, AITV activities, in orbit operations, interplanetary missions, deployment mechanism and different manufacturing technologies. Space debris including observation and mitigation. Chair of the Nottingham Space Research Network.

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Dr Emma Chapman

Stellar optical surveys and archaeology

Separation of astronomical signals, radio interferometers observing data from the first stars. Removing foregrounds such as galactic noise and human-made radio frequency interference from cosmological data.

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Prof Ian Fisk

Food in space

Optimisation of space farming, space food processing, space food.

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Prof Giles Foody

Earth Observation

Developing Earth Observation applications to remote sense terrestrial features, analyse digital images for image classification and enhancements and increase data quality.

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Dr Stephen Grebby

Earth Observation

Identification of rocks and minerals indicative of presence of hydrocarbon and geothermal resources, detection of natural offshore oil seep, monitoring of ground motion, understanding the impact of oil spills.

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Dr Maggie Lieu

Artificial Intelligence in Space

Applications of machine learning and statistics methods to a broad range of space data, from earth observation and asteroid detection, to astrophysics problems on topics such as clusters of galaxies and black holes.

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Prof Stuart Marsh

Earth Observation

Earth Observation for monitoring: subsidence; compressible sediments and groundwater; coal mining; peat; slavery; sand; and oil seeps.

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Prof Erik Murchie

Applied Plant Physiology

The function of crop plants in resource limited and closed environments. Optimisation of photosynthesis, radiation and water use efficiency for energy conservation and nutritional value.

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Dr Nishanth Pushparaj


Astrodynamics, dynamical systems, space mission design, spacecraft trajectory optimisation, autonomous guidance navigation and control, interplanetary small-body exploration.

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Dr David Sanderson

Materials and Manufacturing

Manufacturing, assembly, and repair operations in space, and autonomous robotic processes, artificial intelligence and smart integration.

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Tanja Siggs

Space Research Network

Programme Manager for the Institute for Aerospace Technology (IAT) and the Nottingham Space Research Network point of contact.

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Prof David Thomas

Electromagnetic Design

Computational electromagnetics including: GGI_TLM & UTLM for full field 3D electromagnetic simulation - suitable for application to all areas of the spectrum from static problems through to optical frequencies and SACAMOS (developed through funding from ESA) for the development of cable models for satellite applications.

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Dr Li Shean Toh


Looking at astropharmacy in pharmacy practice and policy. Understanding how to use pharmacological countermeasures safely and effectively in extreme environments, and developing policy and systems for medicines management in extreme environments including analogue astronaut missions.

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Dr Katy Voisey

Materials and Manufacturing

Test of materials for space applications, space-manufacturing methods and a member of the Gateway Earth Development Group.

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Prof Phil Williams

Astrobiology, Astromedicine and Astropharmacy

Evolution of life and molecular evolution in space, on demand, on-site manufacture of biopharmaceuticals in extreme environments, regulation and safety, remotely manufactured medicines, and space tourism.

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For Space Expertise in the Astronomy Research Group, please visit the group's dedicated page.

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