Christopher Capon

Research Fellow

My goal as a researcher, educator, entrepreneur and global citizen is to develop new ways to solve the challenges we all face every day; from the big issues like global climate change, to the more mundane like helping get your uber where it needs to go quicker. Miniaturised satellite platforms are disrupting models for space innovation and research, and they provide some exciting options to achieve these goals. They also raise new (less well known) questions, like how do we develop these new systems in a sustainable way without irreparably littering the near-Earth space environment.

I currently have PhD positions open (see below for more details)

Conference Papers
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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
2020
Brown M; Smith B; Capon C; Abay R; Cegarra Polo M; Gehly S; Bowden G; Lambert A; Boyce R, 2020, 'SSA Experiments for the Australian M2 Formation Flying CubeSat Mission', in Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference, https://amostech.com/TechnicalPapers/2020/Space-Based-Assets/Brown.pdf
2020
Capon CJ; Lorrain P; Brown M; Boyce RR, 2020, 'Early experimental ionosphere drag measurements compared with numerical predictions using pdFOAM', in AIP Conference Proceedings, Big Sky, Montana, presented at IEEE Aerospace conference, Big Sky, Montana, 08 March 2020 - 14 March 2020, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.5119612
2020
Lorrain P; Capon CJ; Boyce RR; Maldonado CA; Ketsdever AD, 2019, 'Experimental investigation of ionospheric aerodynamics effects', in AIP Conference Proceedings, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.5119613
2019
Conference Presentations
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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
2019
Freeland L; Capon C; Brown M; Gilmore J, 2018, 'Regions of interest for charged drag on small satellites using GITM data', presented at 42nd COSPAR Scientific Assembly, Pasadena, USA, 14 July 2018 - 22 July 2018, https://www.cospar-assembly.org/user/download.php?id=23052&type=abstract&section=congressbrowser
2018
Lorrain P; Boyce R; Capon C; Maldonado C; Ketsdever A, 2018, 'Development of a high-speed, rarefied plasma wind tunnel for ionospheric aerodynamics research', presented at 42nd COSPAR Scientific Assembly, Pasadena, USA, 18 July 2018 - 22 July 2018, http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2018cosp...42E2077L
2018
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
2018
Journal articles
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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
2020
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
2019
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
2019
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
2018
Capon CJ; Brown M; Boyce RR, 2017, 'Scaling of plasma-body interactions in low Earth orbit (vol 24, 042901, 2017)', PHYSICS OF PLASMAS, vol. 24, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.5004204
2017
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
2017
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
2017
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
2016
Theses / Dissertations
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Capon CJ, 2017, Ionospheric Aerodynamics in Low Earth Orbit, UNSW Canberra, UNSW Canberra
2017
  • Satellites
  • Satellite Constellations
  • Plasma Physics
  • Ionospheric Aerodynamics
  • Space Situational Awareness
  • Space Traffic Management
  • Space Debris
Organisational units
lensSchool of Engineering & Information Technology
lensSpace Research
Sub Theme
lensSpace Situational Awareness
lensAI for Space