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Professor Berthoud has worked for 25 years in Spacecraft research and in industry. She has a Master's in Mechanical Engineering (with Distinction) from the University of Bristol, UK and a PhD in Space Physics from Sup'Aero/ONERA (French National Research Organisation) in Toulouse, France. She has worked at the European Space Agency, NASA Johnson Space Centre and BAe Space Systems (now Airbus Defence and Space). In 2009 Lucy started teaching at the University of Bristol in the Aerospace Engineering department. She teaches Space Systems, Advanced Space Systems, Systems Engineering design and has research interests in microsatellites, interplanetary spacecraft design, Mars sample return missions, planetary protection, active debris removal, Model-Based Systems Engineering. She works for a spacecraft manufacturer: Thales Alenia Space, part time. She is passionate about teaching and leads a teaching network for other space engineering lecturers in the UK called 'Space Universities Network'. In 2014 she was awarded UoB teaching award for the Faculty of Engineering. In 2015 she was nominated a 'Best of Bristol' lecturer. In 2016 she gave a TEDx University of Bristol talk entitled 'Is there life on Mars?'. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was awarded a University of Bristol Teaching Fellowship in 2016. She was made a Professor of Space Systems Engineering in 2018 and a UK National Teaching Fellow in 2019.


Research interests:

  • Interplanetary spacecraft systems design
  • Phase A studies of scientific spacecraft
  • Nano and microsatellites
  • Model-Based Systems Engineering for spacecraft
  • Mars Sample Return
  • Martian habitats
  • Space Debris and micrometeoroid impact

Previous research projects have included:

  • MBSE for early design of spacecraft missions
  • Radiation modelling of Martian Habitats
  • Volcano plume detection via CubeSat
  • Designing a deployment device for 50+ cubesats
  • Selecting an asteroid for mining
  • Thermal and power design for a Ganymede Penetrator Probe
  • Thermal design for a Europa Penetrator Probe
  • Ultra low altitude SAR microsat
  • Ultra low altitude hyperspectral imager and SAR microsatellites

External positions

Senior Consultant, Thales Training and Consultancy

1 Oct 2013 → …

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