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     Date Submitted:13-05-2013
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     Current job:Research Fellow in Mission Design, Advanced Concepts Team, ESA-ESTEC
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     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     Keywordsastrodynamics; flight dynamics; space mission design; trajectory optimisation and control; applied mathematics; dynamical systems theory; formation flying;
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    CURRENT POSITION

    Research Fellow in Astrodynamics and Mission Design                                  6/2012-Present

    Advanced Concepts Team, European Space Agency (ESA-ESTEC), The Netherlands                                                      

     

    EDUCATION

    Doctorate of Philosophy, Aeronautics and Astronautics                                               5/2012

    Purdue University, IN                                                                                               GPA: 4.0/4.0

    Dissertation: “Exploration of the Region near the Sun-Earth Collinear Libration Points for the Control of Large Formations.”

    Major: Astrodynamics and Mission Design               

    Minor: Dynamics and Control

    Advisor: Dr. Kathleen C. Howell

     

    Master of Science, Aeronautics and Astronautics                                                          6/2007

    University of Washington, WA                                                                                GPA: 3.82/4.0

    Thesis: “Study of a Formation Flying on a Halo Orbit near the L2 Lagrangian Point of the Sun-Earth System.”

    Major: Dynamics and Control                       

    Advisor: Dr. Mehran Mesbahi

     

    Engineering Diploma, Aeronautical Systems                                                                 6/2006

    National School of Civil Aviation (ENAC), France

    Major: Satellite-based Communication, Navigation and Surveillance

     

     

    RESEARCH INTERESTS

    ·         Astrodynamics and Space Mission Design

    ·         Trajectory Control and Optimization

    ·         Applied Mathematics and Dynamical Systems Theory

    ·         Spacecraft Formation Flying

     

     

    RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

    Research Fellow in Astrodynamics and Mission Design                                  6/2012-Present

    Advanced Concepts Team, European Space Agency (ESA-ESTEC), The Netherlands

    ·         Implemented global optimization techniques for multiple gravity-assist interplanetary trajectories with low-thrust controllers and impulsive maneuvers (mga-1dsm) using the Keplerian toolbox, PyKEP (with the Sims-Flanagan module),  in association with PyGMO (Parallel Global Multi-objective Optimizer).

    ·         Investigated low-energy resonant transfers between planetary moons using surfaces of sections (multi-body dynamics).

     

    Ariadna Program:                                                                                             10/2012-Present

    ESA program in cooperation with universities to work on interdisciplinary projects

    Advanced Concepts Team, European Space Agency (ESA-ESTEC), The Netherlands

    ·         Explored low-energy transfers via resonant gravity-assists using Keplerian maps. 

    ·         Proposed an interdisciplinary research project to use computer vision algorithms to detect features in maps for resonant transfers in the Jupiter system.

    Ariadna proposal: “Automatic Extraction and Characterization of Structures in Area-Preserving Maps.”

     

    Global Trajectory Optimization Competition: GTOC6                                 9/2012-10/2012

    International competition aims to solve a global optimization problem

    Advanced Concepts Team, European Space Agency (ESA-ESTEC), The Netherlands

    Team 6: ESA-ACT + Honk Kong University of Science and Technology (Rank: 2nd).

    ·         Developed evolutionary techniques to solve a multiple gravity-assist global optimization problem using low-thrust controllers and impulsive maneuvers.

    Problem statement:Global mapping of Galilean moons.

     

    Research Assistant, Multi-Body Dynamics Research Group                         8/2008 - 5/2012

    Purdue University, IN

    Advisor: Dr. Kathleen C. Howell

    ·         Explored natural dynamics in multi-body regimes, particularly the libration point regions (periodic and quasi-periodic orbits, unstable and stable manifolds).

    ·         Investigated the relative motion of multiple spacecraft placed at a large distance from each other (large formation flying).

    ·         Designed trajectories in multi-body regimes using low-thrust controllers as well as impulsive maneuvers.

     

    Research Assistant, Distributed Space Systems Lab                                     9/2006 - 6/2008

    University of Washington, WA

    Advisor: Dr. Mehran Mesbahi

    ·         Investigated diverse control strategies for formation flying including linear quadratic regulators, nonlinear optimal controllers and Lyapunov controllers.

    ·         Acquired knowledge in distributed space systems and network theory.

     

    Summer Space Science Program                                                                                     8/2009

    Alpbach, Austria                              

    Organized by the Aeronautics and Space Agency of Austria and European Space Agency

    ·         Worked in an international environment to design in team an innovative mission concept aiming to increase our knowledge of extra solar planets. 

    Mission design: Study to place an astrophysical observatory in an orbit near the Sun-Earth/Moon L2 libration point.

     

    Graduate Research Project                                                                               9/2005 - 6/2006

    University of Washington, WA                     

    ·         Investigated spacecraft dynamics and control system theory.

    ·         Developed an integrated navigation system INS/GPS.

    Research project: Formulation and simulation of an integrated navigation system INS/GPS.

     

    Undergraduate Research Project                                                                   12/2004 - 6/2005

    National School of Civil Aviation, France

    ·         Acquired knowledge in electronic systems of communication, navigation and surveillance.

    ·         Investigated GPS signals in indoor area.

    Research project: Identification and suppression of intercorrelation of GPS signals in the indoor area.

     

     

    PUBLICATIONS

    Journal Publications

    ·         Héritier, A., Howell, K. C., “Dynamical Evolution of Natural Formations in Libration Point Orbits in a Multi-Body Regime,” Acta Astronautica (submitted).

     

    ·         Héritier, A., Howell, K. C., “Natural Formation in the Restricted Three-Body Problem: an  Application for Formation Flight near Libration Points,” Journal of Advances in Space Research (submitted).

     

    ·         Héritier, A., Howell, K. C., “Natural Regions near the Sun-Earth Libration Points Advantageous for Space Observations with Large Formations,” Journal of the Astronautical Sciences (submitted).

     

    Conference Papers

    ·         Héritier, A., Howell, K. C., “Dynamical Evolution of Natural Formations in Libration Point Orbits in a Multi-Body Regime,” 7th International Workshop on Satellite Constellations and Formation Flying, Lisbon, Portugal, March 2013 (recommended for publication in the Special Issue of Acta Astronautica).

     

    ·         Izzo, D., Simoes, L. F., Yam, C. H., Martens, M., Héritier, A., De Croon, G.,“Search for a Grand Tour of the Jupiter Galilean Moons,” Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 2013 (accepted, nominated for best paper award).

     

    ·         Izzo, D., Luis, Simoes, L. F., Martens, M., De Croon, G.,Héritier, A., Yam, C. H., So, T. Y., Chu, K. C., Leung, K. Y., Heimonen, H., Chan, K. L., Wong, K. Y. M., “6th Global Trajectory Optimisation Competition: Results of Team 6,” 23rd International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics,Pasadena, California, October 2012.

     

    ·         Héritier, A., Howell, K. C., “Regions near the Libration Points Suitable to Maintain Multiple Spacecraft,” AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialists Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 2012. Paper No. AIAA 2012-4666.

     

    ·         Héritier, A., Howell, K. C., “Natural Regions near the Sun-Earth Libration Points Suitable for Space Observations with Large Formations,” AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialists Conference, Girdwood, Alaska, August 2011. Paper No. AAS-11-493.

     

    Theses and Dissertations

    ·         Héritier, A., “Exploration of the Region near the Sun-Earth Collinear Libration Points for the Control of Large Formations,” Ph.D. Dissertation, Purdue University, Indiana, May 2012.

     

    • Héritier, A.,“Study of a Formation Flying on a Halo Orbit near the L2 Lagrangian Point of the Sun-Earth System.” M.S.A.A Thesis, University of Washington, Washington, June 2007.

     

     

    TEACHING EXPERIENCE

    Teaching Assistant, Engineering Education                                                    9/2011 - 5/2012

    Purdue University, IN

    ·         Developed lesson plans, homework and exams for first-year engineering students.

     

    Lead Teaching Assistant, Aeronautics and Astronautics                             8/2008 - 12/2011

    Purdue University, IN

    ·         Coordinated teaching team, graduate TAs and graders for two classes.

    ·         Helped sophomore students during office hours.

     

    Lab Instructor, Astronomy                                                                               9/2007 - 6/2008

    University of Washington, WA

    ·         Taught lab sessions twice a week for approximately 60 freshmen students.

    ·         Developed lesson plans for the lab sessions.

    ·         Graded 60 copies per week.

    ·         Helped students during office hours.

     

    Graduate Teaching Assistant, Aeronautics and Astronautics                       9/2006 - 6/2007

    University of Washington, WA

    ·         Graded 20 copies per week.

    ·         Helped graduate students during office hours.

     

     

    PRESENTATIONS

    ESA-ESTEC Advanced Concepts Team Science Coffee                                              4/2013

    Noordwijk, The Netherlands

    ·         Presentation: “The Circular Restricted Three-Body Problem and its Application to Low-Energy Transfers.”

     

    7th International Workshop on Satellite Constellations and Formation Flying           3/2013

    Lisbon, Portugal

    ·         Presentation of the conference paper:

    Héritier, A.,Howell, K. C., “Dynamical Evolution of Natural Formations in Libration Point Orbits in a Multi-Body Regime,” 7th International Workshop on Satellite Constellations and Formation Flying, Lisbon, Portugal, March 2013

     

    AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialists Conference                                                       8/2012

    Minneapolis, MN

    ·         Presentation of the conference paper:

    Héritier, A., Howell, K. C., “Regions near the Libration Points Suitable to Maintain Multiple Spacecraft,” AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialists Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 2012. Paper No. AIAA 2012-4666.

     

    ESA-ESTEC Advanced Concepts Team Science Coffee                                              7/2012

    Noordwijk, The Netherlands

    ·         Presentation: “Regions near the Libration Points Suitable to Maintain Multiple Spacecraft.”

     

    AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialists Conference                                                       8/2011

    Girdwood, AL

    ·         Presentation of the conference paper:

    Héritier, A., Howell, K. C., “Natural Regions near the Sun-Earth Libration Points Suitable for Space Observations with Large Formations,” AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialists Conference, Girdwood, Alaska, August 2011. Paper No. AAS-11-493.

     

    Graduate Student Roundtable                                                                                        4/2011

    Purdue University, IN

    ·         Research presentation for Mark Adler, Chief Engineer of JPL's Strategic Planning and Project Formulation Office, and Project Manager for the Supersonic
    Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator technology development.

     

     

    COMPUTER SKILLS

    Softwares:

    Python                                                                                                                    2012 - Present

    ·         Keplerian toolbox (PyKEP)

    ·         Parallel Global Multiobjective Optimizer (PyGMO)

    Matlab/Simulink                                                                                                    2003 - Present

    Satellite Tool Kit (STK astrogator)                                                                     2008 - Present

     

    OS and programming languages:

    C++, Fortran                                                                                                             2011-Present

    Unix/Linux, MS/Windows                                                                                      2008-Present

    Latex                                                                                                                          2008-Present

     

     

    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    First Training School of the Astrodynamics European Network                                 1/2013

    Rome ''Tor Vergata'' University, Italy

    ·         Attended lectures on space manifold dynamics, the astrodynamics on small bodies, attitude and orbit control and symbolic manipulation in celestial mechanics.

    Workshop theme: “Astrodynamics of natural and artificial satellites: from regular to chaotic motions.”

     

    Preparing Future Faculty (GRAD 590B)                                                          1/2012-5/2012

    Purdue University, IN

    ·         Explored faculty roles, responsibilities, and development opportunities at different types of higher education institutions.

     

    Professional Meeting                                                                                                         6/2009      

    Chicago, IL

    Organized by the European Aeronautical Defense and Space Company

    ·         Interacted with professionals from EADS Astrium.

     

    Logistic Intern                                                                                                                   4/2005

    Maped Suzhou, China

    ·         Performed an audit for a better control of the production.

    ·         Participated in developing a strategy to assure better stock turnovers.

     

     

    VOLUNTEER WORK and ACTIVITIES

    Reviewer for the Journal of Aerospace Engineering                                                    4/2013

    (Proceedings of the Institution of  Mechanical Engineers, Part G)                                               

    Member of the international student organization ‘Friends of Europe’              2008 - 2012

    Purdue University, IN        

    Member of the international student organization ‘FIUTS’                                 2005 - 2007

    University of Washington, WA                                                

    Member of Women in Engineering Graduate Mentoring Program (GMP)       2008 - 2012

    Purdue University, IN                        

    Organizer of a sport tournament between all the French aeronautics schools               2004

    (TGEA: Tournoi des Grandes Ecoles d’Aéronautiques)

    National School of Civil Aviation, France               

    Club Affiliations at the European Space Agency (ESA-ESTEC)                                2012 - Present

    ·         CubeSat Club

    ·         Wine Tasting Club

    ·         Soccer Club

    ·         Squash Club

    Half marathon runner                                                                                          2008 - Present

     

     

    AWARDS

    Summer Research Grant, Purdue University, IN                                                              2010

    The Ruth C. Hertzberg Research Award, University of Washington, WA                       2006                 

         

    MEMBERSHIPS

    American Astronautical Society (AAS)                                                               2011 - Present

    American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)                         2011 - Present

     

     

    LANGUAGES

    English:          Fluent

    French:           Fluent

     

     

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