Academic Profiles

Research Interests

Research interests include agents, middleware/network stacks, IP cores, multi/network processors, embedded systems, distributed satellite systems, distributed/cloud computing, CubeSat development, and neuro-morphology.

Research Collaborations

Visual Inspection Payload - Astrodynamics Group

The feasibility of performing a visual inspection mission between two satellites is being investigated utilising a microelectromechanical (MEMS) thruster built by EADS Astrium. The combined thrusting, imaging, and processing requirements will go towards a new integrated hardware and software payload design.

Teaching

Computers & Programming II: Microprocessor Organisation & Design - Spring 2013, Module Link

Spacecraft Bus Subsystems - Power, TT&C, & On-board Data Handling (OBDH) - Spring 2012, Module Link

Dynamics and Control of Spacecraft Labs - Since Autumn 2010, Module Link

Digital Design with VHDL Labs - Autumn 2007 & Autumn 2008

Departmental Duties

Member of Electronic Engineering Industrial Advisory Board (IAB)

Surrey Space Centre Marketing & Website Management

Surrey Space Centre Social Media (Facebook & Twitter)

Press Releases & Interviews

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Pioneer 10 - Space Man (p.14-15), Summer 2013

Uni. of Surrey, Surrey Space Centre Lecturer Nominated for Sir Arthur C. Clarke Award, 28 June 2013

Daily Mail, UK to launch first-ever satellite controlled by a mobile phone… and the scientists have chosen a Google Nexus handset, 8 Feb 2013

BBC Radio 4, Material World: TB vaccine, Satellites, Lake Ellsworth, Antarctic Station, 7 Feb 2013

Gizmodo, UK Scientists Are Launching a Satellite Powered By… a Google Nexus One?, 7 Feb 2013

Stuff, Space exploration? There’s an app for that, 7 Feb 2013

BBC News: Science & Environment, Strand-1 'phone-sat' ready for orbit, 7 Feb 2013

The Good Times Guide, Surrey in Space: TG2Surrey Attempts to Boldly Go Where Many More Informed Men Have Gone Before…, Jan 2013

TechRepublic, Why Microsoft’s Kinect and Google’s Android are headed to space, 29 June 2012

United Kingdom Space Agency (UKSA), Dr Chris Bridges - Career Profile, June 2012

BBC News: Science & Environment, Thinking outside the box in space, 29 May 2012

New Scientist, Space apps: smart-phone at heart of satellite mission, 5 October 2011

The Observer, How Britain can rejoin the space race, 3 July 2011

Fox News, Ground Control to Major Smartphone? NASA Wants Phones to Pilot Spaceships, 11 February 2011

BBC News: Science & Environment, Mobile phone to blast into orbit, 24 January 2011

University of Surrey, Minister of State for Universities and Science praises work of Surrey scientists, 21 July 2010

Contact Me

E-mail:
Phone: 01483 68 9137

Find me on campus
Room: BA U

Publications

Journal articles

  • Maheshwarappa MR, Bridges CP. (2014) 'Software defined radios for small satellites'. Proceedings of the 2014 NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems, AHS 2014, , pp. 172-179.
  • Bridges CP, Vladimirova T. (2013) 'Towards an agent computing platform for distributed computing on satellites'. IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, 49 (3), pp. 1824-1838.
  • Kenyon S, Barrera-Ars J, Pryce L, Liddle D, Bridges CP, Underwood C. (2012) 'STRAND-2: Kinecting two cubesats in flight'. Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC, 6, pp. 4554-4571.
  • Bridges CP, Vladimirova T. (2008) 'Real-Time Agent Computing Platform for Distributed Satellite Systems'. International Review on Computers and Software, 3 (6), pp. 651-665.

Conference papers

  • Bridges CP, Yeomans B, Iacopino C, Frame TE, Schofield A, Kenyon S, Sweeting MN. (2013) 'Smartphone Qualification & Linux-based Tools for CubeSat Computing Payloads'. IEEE Big Sky, MT USA: IEEE/AIAA Aerospace Conference 2013
  • Bridges CP, Taylor B, Horri N, Underwood CI, Kenyon S, Barrera-Ars J, Pryce L, Bird R. (2013) 'STRaND-2: Visual Inspection, Proximity Operations & Nanosatellite Docking'. Big Sky, MT USA: IEEE/AIAA Aerospace Conference 2013
  • Kenyon S, Bridges CP, Liddle D, Dyer R, Parsons J, Feltham D, Taylor R, Mellor D, Schofield A, Linehan R. (2011) 'STRaND-1: Use of a $500 Smartphone as the Central Avionics of a Nanosatellite'. International Astronautical Federation Proceedings of the 2nd International Astronautical Congress 2011, (IAC ’11), Cape Town, South Africa: 62nd International Astronautical Congress 2011, (IAC ’11)

    Abstract

    STRaND-1 is the first in a series of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL)-Surrey Space Centre (SSC) collaborative satellites designed for the purpose of technology path finding for future commercial operations. It is the first time Surrey has entered the CubeSat field and differs from most CubeSats in that it will fly a modern Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) Android smartphone as a payload, along with a suite of advanced technologies developed by the University of Surrey, and a payload from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. STRaND- 1 is also different in that anyone (not just from the space engineering or space science community) will be eligible to fly their “app" in space, for free. STRaND-1 is currently being manufactured and tested by volunteers in their own free time, and will be ready for an intended launch in the first quarter of 2012. This paper outlines the STRaND pathfinder programme philosophy which challenges some conventional space engineering practises, and describes the impact of those changes on the satellite development lifecycle. The paper then briefly describes the intent behind the design of STRaND-1, before presenting details on the design of the nanosatellite, focussing of the details of the innovative new technologies. These technologies include two different propulsion systems, an 802.11g WiFi experiment, a new VHF/UHF transceiver unit and a miniature 3-axis reaction wheel assembly. The novel processing setup (which includes the smartphone) is discussed in some detail, particularly the potential for outreach via the open source nature of Google's Android operating system. A stepthrough of the planned concept of operations is provided, which includes a possible rendezvous and inspection objective, demonstrating equal or improved capability compared to SNAP-1 with a reduced total system mass. Finally, data from the test campaign is presented and compared against other notable CubeSats known for their advanced capabilities. Rendered images of STRaND-1 are shown in Fig. I and are discussed later in the paper.

  • Bridges CP, Kenyon S, Underwood CI, Sweeting MN. (2011) 'STRaND: Surrey Training Research and Nanosatellite Demonstrator'. International Academy of Astronautics Proceedings of the1st IAA Conference on University Satellite Missions and CubeSat Workshop, Rome, Italy: 1st IAA Conference on University Satellite Missions and CubeSat Workshop
  • Bridges CP, Sauter L, Palmer P. (2011) 'Formation deployment & separation simulation of multi-satellite scenarios using SatLauncher'. IEEE IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings, Big Sky, MT: 2011 IEEE Aerospace Conference, pp. 1-9.

    Abstract

    Satellite constellation deployment for formation flying missions is one of the key areas for consideration when realizing the final constellation with reduced propellant mass requirements on the propulsion system. The use of a single launch vehicle to deploy multiple satellites into a formation is faster and cheaper but there is greater risk of collision. This risk must be managed with the competing desire to establish a relatively tight formation for better inter-satellite communication. The launcher attitude, satellite injection times and velocities are key parameters to safely achieve a given separation distance and distribution. This paper presents a visual simulator to propagate the satellite trajectories from the launcher using an expanded definition of Hill's equations, and extending to polar relative motion. It is assumed that a simple launcher is used which is incapable of reposition once in orbit. Low injection velocities are exploited to inject large numbers satellites into a stable constellation. Utilizing small tight natural motion formations help to reduce perturbations and the propellant mass required for formation maintenance. SatLauncher is a new visualization tool for investigating the relative motion and key parameters between satellites in these new missions and applications for multi-satellite launchers without the need for any further industrial tool. The QB50 mission is taken forward as a representative scenario requiring our latest software tool and new methods are presented towards collision free formation deployment.

  • Bridges CP, Vladimirova T. (2011) 'Real-time agent middleware experiments on java-based processors towards distributed satellite systems'. IEEE IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings, Big Sky, MT: 2011 IEEE Aerospace Conference, pp. 1-10.

    Abstract

    Distributed satellite systems are large research topics, spanning many fields such as communications, networking schemes, high performance computing, and distributed operations. DARPA's F6 fractionated spacecraft mission is a prime example, culminating in the launch of technology demonstration satellites for autonomous and rapidly configurable satellite architectures. Recent developments at Surrey Space Centre have included the development of a Java enabled system-on-a-chip solution towards running homogenous agents and middleware software configurations.

  • Bridges C, Underwood C, Lappas V, Kenyon S. (2011) 'STRaND-1: The world's first smartphone nanosatellite'. 2nd International Conference on Space Technology, ICST 2011,
  • Boshuizen CR, Marshall W, Bridges CP, Kenyon S, Klupar PD. (2011) 'Learning to Follow: Embracing Commercial Technologies and Open Source for Space Missions'. International Astronautical Federation Proceedings of the 62nd International Astronautical Congress 2011, (IAC ’11), Cape Town, South Africa: 62nd International Astronautical Congress 2011, (IAC ’11) (IAC-11-D4.2.5)
  • Bridges CP, Palmer P. (2011) 'Demonstrating Visual Inspection of Solar Sail Surfaces'. European Space Agency http://www.congrex.nl/11a01/, Carlsbad, Czech Republic: 8th International ESA Conference on Guidance and Navigation Control Systems (GNC 2011)
  • Vladimirova T, Bridges CP, Paul JR, Malik SA, Sweeting MN. (2010) 'Space-based wireless sensor networks: Design issues'. IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings,
  • Bridges CP, Vladimirova T. (2009) 'Agent Computing Applications in Distributed Satellite Systems'. IEEE COMPUTER SOC ISADS 2009: 2009 INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON AUTONOMOUS DECENTRALIZED SYSTEMS, PROCEEDINGS, Athens, GREECE: 9th International Symposium on Autonomous Decentralized Systems, pp. 201-208.
  • Bridges CP, Vladimirova T, Keymeulen D, Arslan T, Seuss M, Stoica A, Erdogan AT, Merodio D. (2008) 'Dual core system-on-a-chip design to support inter-satellite communications'. IEEE COMPUTER SOC PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2008 NASA/ESA CONFERENCE ON ADAPTIVE HARDWARE AND SYSTEMS, Noordwijk, NETHERLANDS: 3rd NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems, pp. 191-198.
  • Vladimirova T, Wu X, Bridges CP. (2008) 'Development of a satellite sensor network for future space missions'. IEEE 2008 IEEE AEROSPACE CONFERENCE, VOLS 1-9, Big Sky, MT: 2008 IEEE Aerospace Conference, pp. 153-162.
  • Vladimirova T, Wu X, Jallad A-H, Bridges CP, Arslan T, Stoica A, Suess M, Keymeulen D, Higuchi T, Magness R, Aydin N, Erdogan AT. (2007) 'Distributed computing in reconfigurable picosatellite networks'. IEEE COMPUTER SOC NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems, Proceedings, Univ Edinburgh, Edinburgh, SCOTLAND: 2nd NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems, pp. 682-689.
  • Vladimirova T, Bridges CP, Prassinos G, Wu X, Sidibeh K, Barnhart DJ, Jallad A-H, Paul JR, Lappas V, Baker A, Maynard K, Magness R, Arslan T, Stoica A, Suess M, Keymeulen D, Higuchi T, Magness R, Aydin N, Erdogan AT. (2007) 'Characterising wireless sensor motes for space applications'. IEEE COMPUTER SOC NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems, Proceedings, Univ Edinburgh, Edinburgh, SCOTLAND: 2nd NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems, pp. 43-50.
  • Vladimirova T, Wu XF, Bridges CP, Arslan T, Haridas N, Yang E, Erdogan AT, Barton N, Walton AJ, Thomson JS, Stoica A, McDonald-Maier KD, Howells WGJ. (2006) 'Intelligent and Distributed Reconfigurable System-on-Chip Sensor Networks for Space Applications - An Introduction to ESPACENET'. Washington DC, US, NASA: 9th International Conference on Military and Aerospace Applications of Programmable Logic Devices and Technologies (MAPLD'2006 A-260

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