Malcolm Macdonald

Glasgow based  

About SpaceProf

A Glasgow based space technology engineer, academic, and director working at the interface between academia, industry, & government.

Bringing Space Down to Earth


Supporting science & engineering communication to make it more easily accessible. Read more.


Committed to science communication, from outreach events to international conferences. Read more.


Enabling & developing space-derived services through advancing a range of technologies, working at the interface between disciplines.


Spanning basic research to applied engineering, commercialisation, roadmapping, & policy, in both multi-national & locally focused teams.

Nibbles in Space

A series of short podcasts, making space more accessible. A nibble is half a byte. A nibble is 4 bits of information, whether you listen to it as a podcast or if want a little more of a Nibble you can read it here.



Most recent

The International Handbook of Space Technology

"for those who know that great thoughts reduced to practice become great acts"

A definitive modern text on space technology. With a foreword by Elon Musk, and contributions from globally leading agency experts from NASA, ESA, JAXA, and CNES, as well as European and North American academics and industrialists this comprehensive handbook provides an overview and a holistic understanding of the system-of-systems that is a modern spacecraft.


Engineer, professor, & director

Some of what I currently do

Special Advisor on Innovation


Great adventure relies on good planning, Huli is the new standard in outdoor activity route planning.


University of Strathclyde

Chair of Space Technology in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering.


UK Space Agency

Steering Board member, providing advice to Ministers on strategy, function, & operation of agency, and on performance.


SoXSA, Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications

Translating research for market-led innovation-pull to develop new concepts for the exploitation of space. Connecting innovation across business, academia, & government.



Contact Information

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
James Weir Building
75 Montrose Street
Glasgow, G1 1XJ