Miss Darcey Rowena Graham
MSci Physics - University of Nottingham - 2018
I completed my Masters in Physics at the University of Nottingham in 2018 before moving to New Zealand to start my PhD at the University of Auckland in 2019, set to be completed in 2022. My research focuses on the design of low-thrust interplanetary trajectories for small satellites, with a Venus mission using electric propulsion in mind. I have worked with collaborators at L3 Harris, NASA Goddard, and Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, the latter two on significant portions of my thesis in developing new methods for low-thrust trajectory design. This includes preliminary trajectory design, upgrading low-fidelity trajectories to high-fidelity, and work modelling gravity assists.
Research | Current
My current research is in developing methods of trajectory design for small low-thrust spacecraft. I am currently working on new models for gravity assists and upgrading low-fidelity trajectories to high-fidelity. This builds on methods developed at NASA Goddard.
Teaching | Current
TA - June 2019-December 2020
Areas of expertise
Space mission design, low-thrust trajectory design, gravity assists, Venus missions, small spacecraft
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Graham, D., Rattenbury, N. J., & Cater, J. E. (2019). Mission Feasibility from Trajectory Optimization and the State Of Space Systems Research at The University Of Auckland. Paper presented at AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference. 11 August - 15 August 2019. Related URL.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nicholas Rattenbury, John Cater