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Dr Graham G Swinerd BSc, PhD

University Visitor

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Dr Graham G Swinerd is University Visitor within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Graham joined the University of Southampton in 1987, and prior to this he was employed by British Aerospace Space Systems, Stevenage. He retired as a Reader in Astronautics in September 2010, and now has a 'University Visitor' status. He continues to publish research, and participates in the Astronautics Research Group's short course teaching programme for industry in Space Systems Engineering.

Dr Swinerd is the author of ‘How Spacecraft Fly’, which is a popular science text that is recommended reading for applicants coming into the A&A degree programme who are particularly interested in the space-related degree content. For more information go to He is also the principal editor of the standard undergraduate textbook 'Spacecraft Systems Engineering' published by Wiley.

Research interests

  • orbit dynamics
  • space mission analysis
  • spacecraft attitude dynamics and control
  • space systems engineering
  • orbital debris
  • near earth impacts

Research group


Graham Swinerd now teaches Continuing Education short courses in Space Systems Engineering for industry and the European Space Agency.

Continuing Professional DevelopmentShort course codeDisciplineRole
Space Systems Engineering
CPD6036 Aerospace Engineering Teacher
Dr Graham G Swinerd
Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus
University of Southampton
Building 176
Burgess Road
SO16 7QF
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