Dr Brenton Smith

School of Engineering and Information Technology
UNSW Canberra Space

Brenton Smith is a postdoctoral research fellow at UNSW Canberra Space specialising in satellite formation control, space situational awareness and space traffic management. Brenton is particularly interested in practical implementations of propellantless means of controlling formations of satellites to enable the next-generation of space-borne capability. He submitted his Ph.D. dissertation in 2018 which deepened the understanding of aerodynamic accelerations for satellite formation control. His work continues along this theme by developing high-fidelity and computationally efficient propagations of satellites to improve orbit determination and prediction, satellite formation flight methodology, and space traffic management.

Journal articles

Smith BGA; Capon CJ; Brown M; Boyce RR, 2020, 'Ionospheric drag for accelerated deorbit from upper low earth orbit', Acta Astronautica, vol. 176, pp. 520 - 530, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2020.07.007

Smith B; Abay R; Abbey J; Brown M; Boyce R, 2020, 'Propulsionless Planar Phasing of Multiple Satellites using Deep Reinforcement Learning', Advances in Space Research, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.asr.2020.09.025

Capon CJ; Smith B; Brown M; Abay R; Boyce RR, 2019, 'Effect of ionospheric drag on atmospheric density estimation and orbit prediction', Advances in Space Research, vol. 63, pp. 2495 - 2505, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.asr.2019.01.013

Naughton DP; Bedington R; Barraclough S; Islam T; Griffin D; Smith B; Kurtz J; Alenin A; Vaughn I; Ramana A; Dimitrijevic I; Tang ZS; Kurtsiefer C; Ling A; Boyce R, 2019, 'Design considerations for an optical link supporting intersatellite quantum key distribution', Optical Engineering, vol. 58, http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.58.1.016106

Smith B; Capon C; Brown M, 2019, 'Ionospheric drag for satellite formation control', Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, vol. 42, pp. 2590 - 2599, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.G004404

Smith B; Boyce R; Brown L; Garratt M, 2017, 'Investigation into the practicability of differential lift-based spacecraft rendezvous', Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, vol. 40, pp. 2680 - 2687, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.G002537

Conference Papers

Capon CJ; Lorrain P; Smith B; Brown M; Kurtz J; Boyce RR, 2020, 'Numerical Predictions for On-Orbit Ionospheric Aerodynamics Torque Experiment', in IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings, IEEE, presented at 2020 IEEE Aerospace Conference, 07 March 2020 - 14 March 2020, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/AERO47225.2020.9172256

Smith B; Boyce R; Brown M, 2017, 'Fast Aerodynamic Establishment of a Constellation of CubeSats', in 7th European Conference for Aeronautics and Space Sciences, Milan, Italy, presented at 7th European Conference for Aeronautics and Space Sciences, Milan, Italy, 03 July 2017 - 06 July 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.13009/EUCASS2017-289

Conference Presentations

Smith B; Capon C; Brown M; Boyce R, 2019, 'Ionospheric Drag for Accelerated Deorbit from Upper Low Earth Orbit', presented at 70th International Astronautical Congress, Washington D.C., 21 October 2019 - 25 October 2019

Smith B; Capon C; Brown M; Boyce R, 2018, 'Active use of ionospheric aerodynamics for the control of satellites', presented at 42nd COSPAR Scientific Assembly, Pasadena, USA, 18 July 2018 - 22 July 2018, http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2018cosp...42E3176S

Theses / Dissertations

Smith B, 2019, A Comprehensive Examination of Low Earth Orbit Aerodynamic Accelerations for Satellite Formation Control