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Professor Lucy Berthoud


I have worked in spacecraft research and industry for 25 years. I have a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bristol and a PhD in Space Physics from Sup'Aero/ONERA (French National Research Organisation). I worked at the European Space Agency and NASA Johnson Space Centre, before going to work for BAe Space Systems (now Airbus Defence and Space). I am a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Aerospace Engineering teaching space systems, advanced space systems, systems engineering design. My research interests are in microsatellites, interplanetary spacecraft design, Mars sample return missions, planetary protection, active debris removal and model-based systems engineering. In 2014 I was awarded a University teaching award for Engineering and in 2015 I was nominated to give a 'Best of Bristol' public lecture on 'Is there Life on Mars? In 2016 I gave a University of Bristol TEDx talk.

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  • Space
  • Spacecraft
  • Satellites
  • Planets
  • Mars
  • CubeSat
  • Interplanetary mission