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Professor Lucy Berthoud

Professor Lucy Berthoud

Professor Lucy Berthoud
MEng(Bristol), PhD(Toulouse)

Professor of Space Engineering

Area of research

Spacecraft Systems Engineering

Office QB 1.34
Queen's Building,
University Walk, Clifton BS8 1TR
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 331 5140

Research summary


Mars ExpressCubesatJUICE ExplorerResearch interests include:

  • Interplanetary spacecraft systems design
  • Phase A studies of scientific spacecraft
  • Nano and microsatellites
  • Model-Based Systems Engineering for spacecraft
  • Mars Sample Return
  • Martian habitats
  • Space Debris and micrometeoroid impact
  • Active Debris removal

Previous research projects have included:

  • Modelling deorbiting of cubesats
  • Dynamics considerations of using a harpoon for debris removal
  • Designing a deployment device for 50+ cubesats
  • Selecting an asteroid for mining
  • Fuel depots at Lagrange points
  • Thermal and power design for a Ganymede Penetrator Probe
  • Thermal design for a Europa Penetrator Probe
  • Ultra low altitude SAR microsat
  • Ultra low altitude hyperspectral imager and SAR microsatellites
  • Thermal ...

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Professor Berthoud has worked for 25 years in Spacecraft research and in industry. She started out with a 4 year Master's in Mechanical Engineering (with Distinction) from the University of Bristol then went to Toulouse where she studied for a PhD in Space Physics at Sup'Aero/ONERA (French National Research Organisation). She then did Post doctoral fellowships at the European Space Agency and NASA Johnson Space Centre, before  going to work for BAe Space Systems (now Airbus Defence and Space). In 2009 Dr Berthoud started teaching at the University of Bristol and is now a Professor of Space Systems Engineering ...

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