Peter Roberts

Peter Roberts, BSc, MSc, EngD, CPhys

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Postgraduate research topics currently available are listed on the following Research theme(s):

I especially welcome applicants interested in the following topics:

  • Spacecraft systems engineering
  • Dynamics of spacecraft interactions with the atmosphere/orbital aerodynamics
  • Experimental gas beam physics for atomic oxygen scattering
  • Astrodynamics
  • Space debris mitigation

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Biography

Dr Peter Roberts is a specialist in space technology development focussing on orbital aerodynamic technologies.  His activities cover the full life cycle of technology development from concept through to in-orbit operations. Technology areas developed include:

  • aerodynamic materials for drag reduction enabling commercially sustainable missions in very low Earth orbits (VLEO)
  • aerodynamic modelling for VLEO satellite conceptual design optimisation
  • aerodynamic attitude control
  • end-of-life drag sails

His research has resulted in several spaceflight activities including the Icarus drag sail on TechDemoSat, and the demonstration of aerodynamic materials on the Satellite for Orbital Aerodynamics Research (SOAR), which was launched and operated by the University of Manchester in 2021-22.

His research has been funded by a number of sponsors including the European Commission, the UK Space Agency, the European Space Agency, DARPA, Thales Alenia UK, EADS Astrium (now Airbus Defence and Space), SSBV, and the EPSRC. He has experience of running large consortium grants having been the scientific coordinator of the Horizon 2020 funded DISCOVERER programme (DISCOVERER.space).

Research interests

  • Spacecraft systems engineering
  • Dynamics of spacecraft interactions with the atmosphere/orbital aerodynamics
  • Experimental gas beam physics for atomic oxygen scattering
  • Astrodynamics
  • Space debris mitigation
  • I welcome enquiries from anyone interested in studying for a PhD in these areas

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Areas of expertise

  • TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
  • QC Physics

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Aerospace Research Institute
  • Advanced materials
  • Policy@Manchester
  • Sustainable Futures

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