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     Date Submitted:15-03-2011
     Last Modified:15-03-2011 (08:24)
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     Current job:PhD Researcher
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
     KeywordsAttitude, Deployment, Solar Sails, Mission design, mission analysis, nano satellites, CubeSat


    Surrey Space Centre, University of Surrey, UK
    PhD in “Deployment and Attitude Control of a nano-Solar Sail Spacecraft” 2006 - 2011
    Topic Description: This research proposed a novel Solar Sail attitude control system that utilised the centre of mass / centre of pressure offset. It also involved the design and development of a sail deployment subsystem to be used on the “CubeSail” demonstration mission.
    Areas of Concentration: Spacecraft mission analysis; Spacecraft attitude modelling; Attitude control; Orbital modelling; Attitude & orbit perturbations; Attitude actuators; Solar Sails; Membrane Folding; Space deployable; Deployable booms; Experimental investigation into effects of sail deployment on attitude.

    University of Essex
    M.Sc. in Telecommunication and Information Systems 2004 - 2005
    Honors: “with Distinction”

    University of Ottawa & Beheshti University
    B.Sc. in Electronics Engineering 1998 - 2004


    University of Surrey, UK
    Guest Lecturer – Spacecraft Propulsion 2009
    Lectured MSc students on Solar Sail propulsion.

    Teaching Assistant 2007-2009
    Various Teaching assistantship positions at the Undergraduate level.

    Student Supervision 2007-2009
    Supervision of various MSc projects and assisting fellow PhD students.


    EADS Astrium
    Drafted the proposal for construction of a Solar Sail demonstration mission (CubeSail). The proposal was accepted and work is under way.

    European Commission FP7
    Technical Lead in writing the proposal for design, construction and launch of Deorbit-Sail; A CubeSat based de-orbiter. The proposal has been accepted and is under negotiation.


    Honourable Mention 24th AIAA/USU Frank J. Redd Student Scholarship Competition  2010

    University of Ottawa Admission Scholarship ($8000) 1998

    Ontario Scholar Award, Ontario Secondary School 1998


    I have gained much mathematical and analytical skill during my PhD. I bring a practical as well as an engineering approach to problem solving.

    Proficient in: MATLAB, Simulink, Solid Edge, MS Office and Latex. Experience in: Satellite Tool Kit (STK), Visual Basic, Java, C, C#, MySQL, PHP, Linux.

    Team Working
    I have worked in a team on many occasions, as a member and manager, both during work experiences and throughout my university studies. More recently I was the project manager for the CubeSat mission for the first few months of the project, dealing with deliverables and team management.

    Extensive experience in communicating complex technical knowledge to others through presentation to department colleagues and at conferences. Prepared technical reports, proposals and papers to journals and conferences.


    N. Adeli, V. Lappas, B. Wie, "Scalable Bus-based Attitude Control System for Solar Sails", Journal of Advances in Space Research: Special Issue for Solar Sailing, 2011, under peer review

    N. Adeli, V. Lappas, ``Design, Development and Testing of a nano-Solar Sail Deployment System'', AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, under peer review

    N. Adeli, T. Theodorou, V.J. Lappas, "Ground Demonstration of a Solar Sail Attitude Control Actuator", AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit, Toronto, 2010

    N. Adeli, "Deployment System for the CubeSail nano-Solar Sail mission", in USU/AIAA Small Satellites Conference, Utah, 2010.

    V. Lappas, N. Adeli, J. Fernandez, T. Theodorou, L. Visagie, H. Steyn, O. Le Couls, and M. Perren, "CubeSail: A Low-cost Small CubeSat Mission for De-orbiting LEO objects", in European Space Agency's Small Satellites Systems and Services, June 2010.

    V. Lappas, L. Visagie, N. Adeli, T. Theodorou, J. Fernandez, H. Steyn, O. Le Couls, and M. Perren, "CubeSail: A Low-cost Small CubeSat Mission for De-orbiting LEO objects", in 2nd International Symposium on Solar Sailing, New York, July 2010.

    V. Lappas, N. Adeli, L. Visagie, T. Theodorou, and J. Fernandez, "Cubesat Solar Sail Attitude Determination and Control System Hardware Design and Orbital Analysis", in AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference and Exhibit, Toronto, 2010.

    N. Adeli, V. Lappas, B. Wie, "Scalable Bus-based Attitude Control System for Solar Sails", in Proceedings of The International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Glasgow, 2008                                                                                                     

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