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     Date Submitted:08-10-2012
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     Current job:Research Fellow
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:>3months
     Industry:Launch Systems
     KeywordsAble to work both independently and in groups, with management ability and capability to motivate a team with precise objectives. Able to communicate at different levels with his team and his hierarchy. Strict, methodic and precise with special concern as
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    PROFESSION
    Period: 2012 – actually
    ◦ Employer: University of Padova, Padova, Italy
    Project from June 2012 until July 2013: Development of high efficiency plasma sources for space and industrial applications.
    ◦ Position: Research Fellow
    ◦ Main responsibilities: Responsible for experimental hardware procurement, installation and testing. Logistics manegement and contractors coordination.
     
    EDUCATION
    Ph.D. School
    CISAS “G. Colombo” – University of Padova, Ph.D. School in Science Technology and Measures for Space, curriculum: Mechanical Measures for Engineering and Space.
    "Performance characterization of propulsion systems for spacecraft applications"
    Studies and applications in hybrid propulsion systems, especially focused on performance characterization/measurement and combustion/injection instabilities mitigation. Experimental tests conducted with motors up to 50 kNs of total impulse.
    Additional skills:
    • Experience also with solid rocket motor tests
    • General thrusters diagnostics: thrust, temperature, pressure and liquid/gas mass flow rates measurements
    • Data analysis and reduction
    • Reports production
    • Flight mission requirements and safety issues in breadboarding activities
    • Responsible for test/flight campaign logistics, hardware management and procurement.
    • Participation in flight campaigns with testing purpose.
     
    Relevant Ph.D Courses:
    • X Ray & IR Detectors
    • Optics & Interferometry Elements
    • Space Ambient Physics
    • Electrical Measurements (with lab.)
    • Composite Materials Mechanics
     
    POST-GRADUATE COURSES
    Short Course on Space Propulsion
    Prof. P. Erichsen (Swedish Space Corporation)
    Politecnico di Milano – 16th May 2008
     
    RELEVANT SEMINARS
    • ESA "Exomars" Mission (Dr. Eng. P. Baglioni, ESA)
    • Launch Vehicle System Loop (Ing. P. Baiocco, CNES, Centre National d’Etuds Spatiales)
    • Ultraviolet and Visible Measurements of the Earth’s Atmosphere (Dr. Kelly Chance, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)
    • New Observations of the Lunar Surface from the Kaguya Mission (Dr. Junichi Haruyama, JAXA)
     
    UNIVERSITY
    Università degli Studi di Padova
    Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering
    "Design of A Test Bench for Hybrid Propulsion Systems"
    Subjects: Aerospace Propulsion, Mechanical and Thermal Measurements, Structural Analysis
     
    Università degli Studi di Padova
    Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering
    "Horizontal Winds Analysis for Probes Attitude Reconstruction During Descent in Planetary Atmosphere. Application in 2003 HASI Flight in Sicily"
    Subjects: Aerodynamics, Attitude Determination and Control, Inertial Navigation
     
    HIGH SCHOOL
    Science High School – Liceo Scientifico “J. Da Ponte”, Bassano del Grappa (VI), Italy
     
    RESEARCH
    2011 – 2012, CISAS "G. Colombo", Padova/Italy
    "Technical support in Helicon Plasma Thruster experiment of EU FP7 HPH.com program"
    Experimental hardware development for different plasma sources based on RF helicon technology. Development and implementation of capacitive probes. Functioning investigation through experimental
    tests.
     
    2011, Ph.D. thesis
    "Performance characterization of propulsion systems for spacecraft applications"
    Experimental investigation of hybrid rocket motors performance, both on small and full scale versions, in order to study the functioning problematics: a) discharge tests, to set-up the hydraulic circuit, valve actuation and injection of oxidizer; b) ignition tests, to study the characteristics of sprays produced by different injectors; c) hot firing tests, to investigate the behavior of the motor during complete functioning operations. Results have been used for the development of a “proto-flight” motor version, and for the analysis of its functioning parameters.
     
    2007, Master of Science thesis
    "Design of a Test Stand Facility for Hybrid Propulsion Systems"
    Study and implementation of a test-stand facility for testing hybrid propulsion systems, designed specifically for performances measurements, such as thrust, propellant mass flow rate, pressure in combustion chamber and reservoir temperature. Detail design and construction of the oxidant tank. Results of cold tests, conducted to verify the facility, to calibrate measuring instruments and validate the mathematical model which describes the evolution of pressure in the tank.
     
    2004, Bachelor of Science thesis
    "Analysis of horizontal winds effects on attitude reconstruction during probe descending in planetary atmosphere. Application at HASI 2003 flight from Sicily."
     
    PUBLICATIONS
    Paper
    A. Bettella, M. Manente, E. Benini, Y. Guçlu, D. Curreli, F. Moretto, S. Martini, M. Pessana, T. Walloschek, M. De Rosa, T. Kachler, D. Pavarin, Turbo-pump Pressurization Concept for Hybrid Propulsion Thrusters Application to Launch Vehicles, 44th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit, 21 - 23 July 2008, Hartford, CT, AIAA Paper 2008-4934.
     
    Paper
    F. Moretto, A. Bettella, N. Bellomo, G. Parissenti, M. Pessana, D. Pavarin, Feasibility Study of Hybrid Propulsion System for Sounding Rocket Application, paper SP2010_1842382, 2nd Space Propulsion Conference, San Sebastian, Spain, 2nd-5th May 2010.
     
    Paper
    N. Bellomo, A. Bettella, F. Moretto, F. Branz, M. Faenza, D. Papale, G. Venturelli, M. Pessana, D. Pavarin, Feasibility Study for Throttleable Hybrid Rocket Motor for Soft Landing, paper SP2010_1842370, 2nd Space Propulsion Conference, San Sebastian, Spain, 2nd-5th May 2010.
     
    Paper
    F. Moretto, M. Faenza, N. Bellomo, E. Geremia, A. Selmo, A. Bettella, D. Pavarin, Experimental Characterization of a Hydrogen Peroxide Simulator, 48th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit, July 29th – August 1st, Atlanta, GA, AIAA Paper (submitted for publication).
     
    Paper
    M. Lazzarin, N. Bellomo, F. Barato, D. Paulon, D. Rondini, F. Moretto, A. Selmo, SPONGE: a Sounding Rocket Experiment for PMDs, 48th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit, July 29th – August 1st, Atlanta, GA, AIAA Paper (submitted for publication).
     
    Paper
    F. Barato, N. Bellomo, M. Lazzarin, F. Moretto, A. Bettella and D. Pavarin, Numerical Modeling of Paraffin-Based Fuels Behavior, 48th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit, July 29th – August 1st, Atlanta, GA, AIAA Paper (submitted for publication).
     
    JOBS
    June 2012 – actually
    University of Padua, Padova/Italy
    Research contract ("Assegno di Ricerca")
    Development of high efficiency plasma sources for space and industrial applications.
     
    2012 – May
    Hit09 s.r.l., Padova/Italy
    Contract ("Contratto a Progetto")
    Test campaign on "FLAUTO" naval propulsion system. — Installation and testing of a new concept propulsion system for naval application.
     
    May 2011 – April 2012
    University of Padua, Padova/Italy
    Research contract ("Assegno di Ricerca")
    Development of advanced propulsion systems for intercept, capture and de-orbiting of space debris.
     
    2011 – Feb/May
    Hit09 s.r.l., Padova/Italy
    Contract ("Contratto a Progetto")
    SPARTAN motor development — Studies and research activities concerning the development of the hybrid motor for the EU FP7 "Spartan" Project.
     
    2010 – Oct/Nov
    University of Padua, Padova/Italy
    Terminable contract ("Contratto a Progetto")
    Support on hybrid rocket motors testing — Experimental activities on a 50 kNs flight version thruster, ground test bench development and diagnostics data analysis.
     
    2009 – Feb/May
    University of Padua, Padova/Italy
    Terminable contract ("Contratto a Progetto")
    Ignition System Design for a 12kN Thrust Hybrid Rocket — Design and testing of a pyrotechnical ignition system for a specific hybrid rocket motor, to grant fast and effective ignition.
     
    OTHER ACTIVITIES
    Nov 2009 – Jul 2011
    Partecipation in REXUS/BEXUS Programme by ESA, DLR and SNSB.
    Experiment design, building and testing for the REXUS 9/10 campaign with an experiment about Propellant Management Devices (PMDs) behavior in micro gravity conditions. Involved in all development phases and launch campaign.
     
    LANGUAGES
    Italian (native)
    English: Good. Certification at Trinity College London Grade 8, Spoken English for Speakers of Other Languages, with merit. April 2001.
    French: Basic
     
    TRAVELS
    Frequent national/international travels for various purposes: conferences, meetings, test campaigns, etc.
     
    PERSONAL SKILLS
    Able to work both independently and in groups, with management ability and capability to motivate a team with precise objectives. Able to communicate at different levels with his team and his hierarchy. Strict, methodic and precise with special concern as regards the quality and reliability of information. Self driven, results-oriented with a clear focus on high quality and business profit. "Open-minded", with good capacities for superintendence, creativity, communication, persuasion and synthesis. Good presentation skills.
     
    COMPUTER ABILITIES
    • Windows OS, Linux
    • Internet
    • Office
    • Solidworks
    • Matlab
    • Mathcad
    • LATEX
     
    HOBBIES
    Music studies and playing (pro-level).
     
    SPORTS
    Gliders flying, Cycling, Soccer, Trekking, Mountain bike.
     
    INTERESTS
    Extreme sports in general, experience with rafting and kart driving. Movies, new technologies, space & defence business, travels.
     
    Padova (Italy), October 8, 2012

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