Dr Melrose Brown

Lecturer and Space Program Coordinator
+61 2 6268 8919
+61 2 6268 8276

LOCATION

Building 16 Room 212, School of Engineering and Information Technology, The University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy, PO Box 7916, Canberra BC ACT 2610, AUSTRALIA

  • ABOUT
  • PUBLICATIONS

Dr Melrose Brown leads the numerical space situational awareness research at UNSW Canberra Space and is also the Space Masters program coordinator.

Ph.D. scholarships ($35,000 per year) are available for high-achieving students (with H1/High Distinction in UG and/or Masters by Research) in engineering, mathematics, physics or relevant sciences under my supervision. If you are interested contact me at melrose.brown@adfa.edu.au



He holds a Masters and Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering. Previously he was responsible for the numerical simulation and analysis of the 'SCRAMSPACE' hypersonic flight vehicle and was heavily involved with the vehicle's design, construction, testing and launch. Since joining UNSW Canberra he has sought to apply the same coupling of high fidelity numerical simulations with ground and flight test to study the complex interaction between satellites and the space environment. His current research interests include: 

  • Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) and Particle-in-Cell (PIC) simulations of space vehicles in Low Earth Orbit (LEO)
     
  • Orbit propagation and determination techniques
     
  • High fidelity drag modelling of LEO satellites
     
  • Physics-based atmosphere modelling and approximation
     
  • Hypersonic computational fluid dynamics

Book Chapters

Tirtey S; Boyce R; Brown M; Capra B; Creagh M; Dedman A; Dimitrijevic I; Pudsey A; Sharp B; Van Standen P; others , 2014, 'SCRAMSPACE: Radical-Farming Scramjet for access to space', in STO-EN-AVT-234 Hypersonic Flight Testing, Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI)

Journal articles

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

Bricalli MG; Brown L; Boyce RR; Gollan R; Vanyai T; Pudsey AS, 2018, 'Scramjet performance with nonuniform flow and swept nozzles', AIAA Journal, vol. 56, pp. 3988 - 4003, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.J056963

Capon CJ; Brown M; Boyce RR, 2018, 'Direct and indirect charged aerodynamic mechanisms in the ionosphere', Advances in Space Research, vol. 62, pp. 1090 - 1101, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.asr.2018.06.007

Capra BR; Brown LM; Boyce RR, 2018, 'Aerothermal-structural analysis of a rocket-launched Mach 8 scramjet experiment: Descent', Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, vol. 55, pp. 501 - 517, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.A33964

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

Khraibut A; Gai SL; Brown LM; Neely AJ, 2017, 'Laminar hypersonic leading edge separation - A numerical study', Journal of Fluid Mechanics, vol. 821, pp. 624 - 646, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/jfm.2017.204

Capon CJ; Brown M; Boyce RR, 2017, 'Scaling of plasma-body interactions in low Earth orbit', Physics of Plasmas, vol. 24, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4979191

Capon CJ; Brown M; White C; Scanlon T; Boyce RR, 2017, 'pdFOAM: A PIC-DSMC code for near-Earth plasma-body interactions', Computers & Fluids, vol. 149, pp. 160 - 171, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compfluid.2017.03.020

Capon CJ; Brown M; Boyce RR, 2016, 'Charged Aerodynamics of a Low Earth Orbit Cylinder', AIP Conference Proceedings, vol. 1786, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4967682

Kurtz J; Aizengendler M; Krishna Y; Brown M; O'Byrne S; walsh P, 2015, 'Subsonic In-Flight Temperature and Pressure Measurements Using a Scramjet Inlet Flow Sensor', AIAA Journal, vol. 54, pp. 1 - 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.J054207

Capra BR; Brown LM; Boyce RR; Tirtey SC; Russell G, 2015, 'Aerothermal-structural analysis of a rocket-launched Mach 8 scramjet experiment: Ascent', Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, vol. 52, pp. 684 - 696, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.A33112

Bricalli MG; Brown LM; Boyce RR, 2015, 'Numerical Investigation into the Combustion Behavior of an Inlet-Fueled Thermal-Compression-Like Scramjet', AIAA Journal, vol. 53, pp. 1 - 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.J053513

Bricalli MG; Brown LM; Boyce RR, 2014, 'Supersonic Combustion Processes in a Premixed Three-Dimensional Nonuniform-Compression Scramjet Engine', AIAA Journal, vol. 52, pp. 1670 - 1685, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.J052640

Conference Papers

Smith B; Abay R; Abbey J; Brown M; Boyce R, 2019, 'Propulsionless Planar Phasing of Miniaturised Satellites using Deep Reinforcement Learning', Glasgow, Scotland, presented at International Workshop on Satellite Constellations and Formation Flying, Glasgow, Scotland, 16 July 2019 - 19 July 2019

Capon CJ; Lorrain P; Brown M; Boyce RR, 2019, 'Early experimental ionosphere drag measurements compared with numerical predictions using pdFOAM', in AIP Conference Proceedings, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.5119612

van Staden P; Brown ML; Boyce RR, 2018, 'Boundary layer transition in a 500 mm long circular duct at a mach 8 flight condition', in 22nd AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonics Systems and Technologies Conference, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/6.2018-5320

Abay R; Gehly S; Balage S; Brown M; Boyce R, 2018, 'Manuever Detection of Space Objects Using Bidirectional Generative Adversarial Networks', Maui, HI, presented at Advance Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference (AMOS), Maui, HI, 11 September 2018 - 14 September 2018

Cegarra Polo M; Abay R; Gehly S; Lambert A; Lorrain P; Balage S; Brown M; Bright C, 2018, 'Attitude Detection of the Buccaneer Risk Mitigation Mission CubeSat through Experimental and Simulated Light Curves in Combination with Telemetry Data', Maui, HI, presented at Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference (AMOS), Maui, HI, 11 September 2018 - 14 September 2018

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

Griffin D; Lingard D; Young M; Brown M; Lambert A; Boyce R, 2017, 'DST group and UNSW Canberra buccaneer programme', in Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC, pp. 5797 - 5800

Barraclough S; Griffin D; Benson C; Lambert A; DImitrijevic I; Ramana A; Vennik J; Brown M; Tuttle S; Sheard B; Boyce R; Wade P; May D, 2017, 'RAAF - M1: UNSW Canberra - Royal Australian air force space situational awareness and ISR pathfinder mission', in Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC, pp. 5986 - 5994

Abay R; Brown M; Boyce R; Karacor AG, 2017, 'Open source collision avoidance maneuver planning tool', in Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC, pp. 3843 - 3856

Prakash R; Gai SL; O'Byrne S; Brown M, 2016, 'DSMC computations of hypersonic flow separation and re-attachment in the transition to continuum regime', in AIP Conference Proceedings, Brisbane, Australia, presented at APPC-AIP 2016: Joint 13th Asia Pacific Physics Conference and 22nd Australian Institute of Physics Congress, Brisbane, Australia, 04 December 2016 - 08 December 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4967562

Brown M; Mehta PM; Minisci E; Vasile M; Walker AC, 2015, 'Sensitivity Analysis towards Probabilistic Re-Entry Modeling of Spacecraft and Space Debris', in Sensitivity Analysis towards Probabilistic Re-Entry Modeling of Spacecraft and Space Debris, AIAA, Dallas, presented at AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference, Dallas, 22 June 2015 - 26 June 2015, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/6.2015-3098

Mehta PM; Minisci E; Vasile M; Walker AC; Brown M, 2015, 'An Open-Source Hypersonic Aerodynamic and Aerothermodynamic Modeling Tool', in 8th European Symposium on Aerothermodynamics for Space Vehicles, 8th European Symposium on Aerothermodynamics for Space Vehicles, Lisbon, Portugal, presented at 8th European Symposium on Aerothermodynamics for Space Vehicles, Lisbon, Portugal, 02 March 2015 - 05 March 2015, http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/52834

Oberg D; Boyce R; Brown L; Itoh K; Komuro T, 2014, 'Ground based testing and numerical studies of a large axisymmetric scramjet engine in the HIEST test facility', in ISSW29: 29th International Symposium on Shock Waves, Springer, Springer

Boyce R; Brown M; itoh K; oberg D, 2013, 'The Combustion Scaling Behaviour of Inlet-Fuelled Shock-Induced Combustion Scramjets', in Challenges in Technology Innovation: Global Collaboration, XXI International Symposium on Air Breathing Engines (ISABE 2013), Busan, Korea, pp. 1558 - 1568, presented at XXI International Symposium on Air Breathing Engines (ISABE 2013), Busan, Korea, 09 September 2013 - 13 September 2013

Brown L; Bosco A; Reinartz B; Muller S; Boyce R, 2012, 'Reynolds Stress Modeling for Hypersonic Flows', in Oberlack M; Peinke J; Talamelli A; Castillo L; Holling M (eds.), PROGRESS IN TURBULENCE AND WIND ENERGY IV, Springer, Bertinoro, ITALY, pp. 111 - 114, presented at 4th Interdisciplinary Turbulence Initiative (ITI) Conference, Bertinoro, ITALY, 01 January 2010, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000392536300023&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Creagh M; Beasley P; Dimitrijevic I; Brown M; Tirtey S, 2012, 'A Kalman-Filter Based Inertial Navigation System Processor for the SCRAMSPACE 1 Hypersonic Flight Experiment', in 18th AIAA/3AF International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, Tours, France, pp. 5894 - 5894, presented at 18th AIAA/3AF International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, Tours, France, 24 September 2012 - 28 September 2012, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/6.2012-5894

Boyce RR; Schramm J; Oberg D; Hannemann K; Brown L, 2012, 'Shock tunnel and numerical studies of a large inlet-fuelled inward turning axisymmetric scramjet', in 18th AIAA/3AF International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, Tours, France, presented at 18th AIAA/3AF International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, Tours, France, 24 September 2012 - 28 September 2012, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/6.2012-5901

Tirtey S; Boyce R; Brown L; Creagh M; van Staden P; Dimitrijevic I; Capra B, 2012, 'The SCRAMSPACE I scramjet flight design and construction', in 18th AIAA/3AF International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, Tours, France, pp. 5843 - 5843, presented at 18th AIAA/3AF International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, Tours, France, 24 September 2012 - 28 September 2012, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/6.2012-5843

Brown LM; Tirtey SC; van Staden PA; Creagh M, 2012, 'Static stability of the SCRAMSPACE I Mach 8 hypersonic flight experiment', in 18th AIAA/3AF International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference 2012

Bricalli MG; Boyce RR; Brown L, 2012, 'Supersonic combustion processes in a premixed 3D non-uniform-compression scramjet engine', in 18th AIAA/3AF International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference 2012

Brown M; Boyce R, 2012, '3D Separations Within the SCRAMSPACE I Hypersonic Flight Experiment Scramjet', in 18th AIAA/3AF International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, AIAA, Tours, France, presented at 18th AIAA/3AF International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, Tours, France, 24 September 2012 - 28 September 2012, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/6.2012-5890

Tirtey SC; Boyce RR; Brown LM; Creagh MA, 2011, 'The SCRAMSPACE I Hypersonic Flight Experiment Feasibility Study', in 17th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference 2011, San Francisco, California, pp. 2277 - 2277, presented at 17th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, San Francisco, California, 11 April 2011 - 14 April 2011, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/6.2011-2277

Boyce RR; Tirtey SC; Brown L; Creagh M; Ogawa H, 2011, 'Scramspace: Scramjet-based access-to-space systems', in 17th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference 2011, San Francisco, California, presented at 17th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, San Francisco, California, 11 April 2011 - 14 April 2011, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/6.2011-2297

Brown LM; Boyce RR; Tirtey SC, 2011, 'Numerical Simulation of SCRAMSPACE I Flight Experiment', in 17th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference 2011, San Francisco, California, presented at 17th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference 2011, San Francisco, California, 11 April 2011 - 14 April 2011, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/6.2011-2367

Bosco A; Brown LM; Reinartz B; Boyce RR, 2011, 'Investigation of a compression corner at hypersonic conditions using a reynolds stress model', in 17th AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference 2011, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/6.2011-2217

boyce R; Brown M; ogawa H; Ray T, 2011, 'Design Optimisation of Axisymmetric Scramjets Considering Full Flow Path and Inlet Fuel Injection Parameters Using Hierarchical Surrogate Assisted Evolutionary Algorithms', in Design Optimisation of Axisymmetric Scramjets Considering Full Flow Path and Inlet Fuel Injection Parameters Using Hierarchical Surrogate Assisted Evolutionary Algorithms, ISBN: 978-1-61839-180-3 XX International Symposium on Air Breathing Engines 2011 (ISABE 2011), Gothenburg, Sweden, presented at ISBN: 978-1-61839-180-3 XX International Symposium on Air Breathing Engines 2011 (ISABE 2011), Gothenburg, Sweden, 12 September 2011 - 16 September 2011

Tirtey SC; Boyce RR; Brown M; Creagh M; Ogawa H, 2011, 'The SCRAMSPACE I Scramjet Flight Experiment-Scientific Rationale and Technical Developments', in ESA Special Publication, ESA Communications, Brugge, Belgium, presented at 7th European Symposium on Aerothermodynamics, Brugge, Belgium, 09 May 2011 - 12 May 2011

Tirtey SC; Boyce RR; Brown L; Creagh M, 2011, 'The SCRAMSPACE I scramjet flight experiment feasibility study', in AIAC14 Fourteenth Australian International Aerospace Congress, AIAC14 Fourteenth Australian International Aerospace Congress, Melbourne, Australia, presented at AIAC14 Fourteenth Australian International Aerospace Congress, Melbourne, Australia, 28 February 2011 - 03 March 2011

Brown M; Fischer C; Boyce RR; Reinartz BU; Olivier H, 2009, 'Computational studies of the effect of wall temperature on hypersonic shock-induced boundary layer separation', in Hannemann K; Seiler F (ed.), SHOCK WAVES, VOL 2, PROCEEDINGS, Springer-Verlag Berlin, Berlin, pp. 1231 - +, presented at SHOCK WAVES, VOL 2, PROCEEDINGS, Gottingen, Germany, - , http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-85181-3_70

Brown L; Mudford NR; O'Byrne S; Boyce RR, 2009, 'Intrinsic three-dimensionality of laminar hypersonic shock wave/boundary layer interactions', in Proc. 16th AIAA/DLR/DGLR International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, AIAA, Virginia, presented at 16th AIAA/DLR/DGLR International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference, Bremen, Germany, 19 October 2009 - 22 October 2009, http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/6.2009-7205

Reinartz B; Ballmann J; Brown L; Fischer C; Boyce RR, 2007, 'Shock wave/boundary layer interactions on hypersonic intake flows', in 2nd European Conference for Aero-Space Sciences, PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD, Brussels, Belgium, pp. 81 - 90, presented at 2nd European Conference for Aero-Space Sciences, Brussels, Belgium, - , http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2013.10.072

Theses / Dissertations

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

Brown L, 2010, Intrinsic Three-Dimensionality of Laminar Shock Wave, book, University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy, School of Engineering and Information Technology.

Conference Presentations

Bowden GW; Brown M; Freeland L; Gilmore J; Boyce R, 2018, 'Development of physics-based global models of the thermosphere and ionosphere for satellite drag determination', presented at COSPAR Scientific Assembly, 14 July 2018 - 22 July 2018

Brown M; Boyce RR; Griffin D; Lorrain P; Dimitrijevic I; Ramana A; Benson C; Lambert A; Polo M; Oberst SM; Tuttle S; Lingard D; Cartwright I; Hu G; Young M; Teske T; Colosi G; Jamali B; Horridge J; Dall'armi-Stoke G, 2015, 'Buccaneer Risk Mitigation Mission', pp. 1 - 8, presented at 15th Australian Space Research Conference, Canberra, 29 September 2015 - 01 October 2015

Smith B; Capon C; Brown M; Boyce R, '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