Miss Tamsin Mynett

Research project: Interplanetary Transportation Network Trajectories for Planetary and Asteroid Mining Applications


This project's main focus is to map and characterise the Interplanetary Transport Network (ITN) manifolds. These manifolds link the Lagrange points surrounding the celestial bodies within star systems. ITN manifolds move over time and in relation to the star and planetary systems they traverse.

The project aims to create a computer simulation of the time and space-dependent nature of ITN manifold trajectories. Based on the knowledge gained from these simulations, exemplar trajectories for space mining activities will be explored. 

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: Interplanetary Transportation Network Trajectories for Planetary and Asteroid Mining Applications
  • Research supervisor: Professor Andy Augousti
  • Other research supervisor: Dr Peter Shaw


I  worked as an engineer in the automotive industry for 25 years, followed by a brief stint working in the claims industry. Finally, for the last 12 years, I have been teaching mathematics and physics up to A-level standard.

Whilst working as an engineer I became a technical trainer, writing and running courses, some of which were Geometric Tolerancing, Experimental Design, Robustness and Presentation Skills. I worked on the shop floor and in production engineering as well as in quality control. As a technical trainer for an engineering management and training company, I became the company subject matter expert for Experimental Design and Taguchi Methods.

I have been involved in training others for most of my career and it has been necessary to learn my taught subjects in great depth. I now wish to push that learning further by carrying out a PhD I find exciting and challenging.

Areas of research interest

  • Interplanatary Transportation Network
  • Orbital Mechanics


  • MSc Aerospace Engineering, Kingston University, London
  • PGCE Mathematics , Kingston University, London
  • BEng Honours Aerospacing Engineering with Astronautics, Kingston University, London
  • HND Mechanical Engineering with Production Option, Hatfield Polytechnic, Herts

Funding or awards received

  • Starter bursary, Kingston University, London
  • Award for best performing post graduate student, Kingston University, London