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Interview: Dr Malcolm Macdonald, Uni. of Strathclyde

21 Oct 2016, 09:13 UTC
Interview: Dr Malcolm Macdonald, Uni. of Strathclyde
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New space relies on new and innovative ideas to drive forward the sector. But what is the role of academia in this new space movement? How does this relate to industry and private space ventures? And how can it support research and development in this area?Spaceoneers spoke with Dr Malcolm Macdonald from the University of Strathclyde, whose work focuses on the development and application of space mission systems and technology. In his work he uses his industry experience to try to challenge conventional ideas to enable new concepts in the exploration and exploitation of space.Spaceoneers: Describe a little about your work and what you do.Dr Malcolm Macdonald: I’m the Director of the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications and what we do is end-to-end focus on the use to challenge conventional ideas, develop new concepts for the exploitation of space for the betterment of life. We look to see where space can add value, not just where it is traditionally used but also for new and exciting applications. This could be for an area where there is already interesting data and we use it in a different way or it could be right back up through the chain with ...

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