Contact Dr Stephen Hobbs

Areas of expertise

  • Instrumentation, Sensors and Measurement Science
  • Space Systems
  • Systems Engineering


Steve's academic training is in mathematics and experimental physics (Cambridge University, 1st class), then ecological physics (instrumentation and atmospheric physics; Cranfield Institute of Technology).

Research projects have included international field campaigns in US and Europe, involving ground-based and airborne measurement systems to study insect migration, land-surface / atmosphere interactions, and remote sensing.  He has extensive practical experience including electronics, signal processing, field experiments and satellite payloads.

Qualifications include membership of professional societies in physics, meteorology and remote sensing.

Steve has been involved in teaching space engineering subjects at postgraduate level for over 20 years, with experience running the MSc in Astronautics and Space Engineering as well as doctoral research student supervision. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

He was funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering for an Industry Secondment to Astrium, and works as the UK representative for design engineering to the ISO committee for Space Systems and Operations (ISO TC20/SC14).

Current activities

Academic interests / expertise include:

  • Space system engineering
  • Measurement physics and signal processing - especially for space sensor systems such as radar
  • Radar and Earth observation applications
  • Environmental applications - land surface and atmosphere in particular.

Current research projects:

  • Geosynchronous synthetic aperture radar (GEO SAR)
  • Sustainable space - space debris mitigation and remediation
  • Low-cost de-orbit systems for small satellites (e.g. TechDemoSat-1 and ESA's ESEO mission).


His research sponsors include:

  • UK research councils
  • European Union
  • European Space Agency
  • BNSC / UK Space Agency
  • Royal Society
  • US Department of Agriculture
  • UK space industry: SSTL, NPA Fugro, EADS Astrium


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers


  • Hobbs S (eds), (2006) Proceedings of 7th Conference on the Dynamics and Control of Systems and Structures in Space., Greenwich, London, UK: Cranfield University Press.
  • Ottavianelli G, Hobbs S, Smith R & Bruno D (2005) Assessment of hyperspectral and SAR remote sensing for solid waste landfill management, p. 103-110.
  • Hobbs S (eds), (2004) Proceedings of 6th Conference on Dynamics and Control of Systems and Structures in Space., Riomaggiore, Italy.: Cranfield University Press, ed. 1st.