Miss Darcey Rowena Graham

MSci Physics - University of Nottingham - 2018

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


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)

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  • 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.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/47826
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nicholas Rattenbury, John Cater


Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 303 - Bldg 303
Level 6, Room 616
New Zealand

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