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With companies all over the world looking to return to the Moon and Mars in the near future, and some launching their first mega-constellations of satellites, Space Situational Awareness is a much needed and rapidly growing field. Keeping these companies' assets as well as the lives of astronauts safe requires highly accurate trajectory mapping techniques, and current models need to be adapted for use away from standard elliptical Earth orbits to support this vital task. This project looks to improve current techniques by accounting for atmospheric and solar conditions in a Two-Line Estimate where appropriate, before converting these models to be usable when observing satellites around Mars and in the Cislunar region where orbits may be less stable. The produced model will be able to use input data from Space-based observations as well as data from traditional ground-bases.
With the eventual goal of working on Human Space Flight and Space Mission Management, I have started my PhD at Kingston based on astrodynamics around the Moon and Mars alongside my full time job. I am a Programme Manager for Strategic Operations working for Rolls-Royce's Defence Aerospace business at present, having previously managed the build and test of experimental and production engines for the company.
Before working for Rolls-Royce, I achieved my Masters degree in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Warwick, with a focus on Astrophysics. Since graduating with a first-class degree in the field, I have taken several volunteering positions to teach others about the wonders of space all whilst spending the last 5 years working in operations and project management.