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     Date Submitted:15-07-2013
     Last Modified:15-07-2013 (03:56)
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     Current job:3GM Deputy Experiment manager
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:within 3months
     KeywordsOrbit determination, radio science, signal processing. Worked at JPL from 2009 to 2012 as part of the Outer Planet Navigation Group, performing operational orbit determination on Dawn.

    Work experience





    1 Apr 2013 - Today

    Occupation or position held

    JUICE Mission - 3GM Deputy Experiment Manager

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Experiment manager of the Radio Science Experiment 3GM with the JUICE mission.

    Definition of strategies and requirements; coordination with the industry and the European Space Agency.

    Participation at project reviews, Science Working Teams and mission workshops.

    Name and address of employer

    University of Rome "Sapienza" - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica ed Aerospaziale.

    Via Eudossiana 18, 00184, Rome, Italy

    Type of business or sector

    Software for orbit determination and geodesy experiments.



    1 Set 2012 – 31 Mar 2013

    Occupation or position held

    Orbit determination Consultant

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Teaching, support and use of the orbit determination code MONTE (Mission analysis and Operational Navigation Toolkit Environment).

    Transition of analysis of radiometric data for geodesy experiments from the code ODP (Orbit Determination Program) to MONTE.

    Name and address of employer

    University of Rome "Sapienza" - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica ed Aerospaziale.

    Via Eudossiana 18, 00184, Rome, Italy

    Type of business or sector

    Orbit determination and geodesy experiments.




    2 Feb 2009 - 1 Feb 2012

    Occupation or position held

    Navigator - Orbit Determination analyst at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena CA, USA)

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Activity performed as a member of the Dawn Navigation team.


    Performing operational orbit determination of Dawn using radiometric and optical spacecraft tracking data, and maintaining and disseminating reconstructed trajectories to customers internal to the project. 

    Performing covariance analysis using simulated tracking data to determine future mission requirements pertaining to orbiting the asteroid Vesta.


    Participation to operations planning and contingency meetings. Interface scientific goals – mission requirements with PI of instruments


    ·         VIR (Visible and InfraRed Mapping Spectometer), in Survey for the surface mineralogy.

    ·         FC (Framing Camera) during HAMO for optical navigation

    ·         GRaND (Gamma Ray and Neutron Detector) in LAMO (Low Altitude Mapping Orbit), to study

    the elemental composition of Vesta


    Software used: MONTE (Mission analysis and Operational Navigation Toolkit Environment) and ODP (Orbit Determination Program)

    Name and address of employer

    INAF - IFSI (Istituto per la Fisica dello Spazio Interplanetario)

    Via Fosso del Cavaliere 100, 00133, Rome, Italy

    Type of business or sector

    Navigation of interplanetary probes




    April 2010 - Today

    Occupation or position held

    Co-Founder and Partner of ARPSOFT S.r.l

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Foundation of ARPSOFT S.r.l.

    The company's main activity is development of technological solutions and services for aerospace applications, regarding navigation of interplanetary probes, remote sensing and telecommunications. ARPSOFT S.r.l. was founded after a long experience consolidated in prestigious Italian and foreign Institutes, working on many ESA and NASA projects, like Cassini, SMART-1, BepiColombo, JUNO, Venus Express, Mars Express, Rosetta, Dawn.

    Name and address of employer

    ARPSOFT S.r.l., via bolsena 40, Rome, Italy




    1 Feb 2005 - 31 Jan 2009

    Occupation or position held

    Research assistant - Radio scientist, software analyst

    Main activities and responsibilities

    OD: orbit determination of spacecraft propelled by ion engine. Estimation of ion engine's thrust. Related experience with the Flight Dynamics Group in ESA-ESOC.


    Radio Science: simulation of estimation of gravity fields and post-Newtonian parameters. Related experience with NASA-JPL radio science team.


    Remote Sensing: determination of the lunar librations using data acquired with the AMIE camera aboard SMART-1. Collaboration with the AMIE team (INAF).


       Signal processing: Study, development and implementation of the first ESA S/W correlator for Delta- DOR (Delta Differential One-way ranging) signals. Data analysis and interpretation. Support to ESOC for operational data processing.


       Documentation production: ICD (Interface Control Document), SRS (Software Requirements Specification Document), SAD (Software Architectural Design Document), SVVPR (Software Verification and Validation Plan and Report), SUM (Software User Manual).

    Name and address of employer

    University of Rome "Sapienza" – DIAA (now DIMA) Via Eudossiana 18, 00184, Rome, Italy

    Type of business or sector

    Radio Science, Signal Processing, Remote Sensing



    Education and training





    January 2009

    Title of qualification awarded

    Winner of open competition IFSI/23/2008/001, published on Gazzetta Ufficiale 4a Serie Speciale - Concorsi n 81 del 17/10/2008.


    Concorso pubblico, per titoli ed esami, ad un posto di Tecnologo – III livello - con contratto di lavoro a tempo determinato, per l’area scientifica “Sole e Sistema solare” – settore di ricerca “Planetologia”, presso l’Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica – Istituto di Fisica dello Spazio Interplanetario – Roma.

    Name and type of organisation providing education and training

    INAF - IFSI (Istituto per la Fisica dello Spazio Interplanetario)

    Via Fosso del Cavaliere 100, 00133, Rome, Italy





    Title of qualification awarded

    Qualified for Esame di Stato per Ingegneria Aerospaziale.

    Name and type of organisation providing education and training

    University of Rome "Sapienza"




    Sep 1999 - 17 Dec 2004

    Title of qualification awarded

    Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering

    Principal subjects/occupational skills covered

    Thesis title: The model of the non-gravitational accelerations of the probe SMART-1

    Name and type of organisation providing education and training

    University of Rome "Sapienza"

    Level in national or international classification

    ISCED 5




    Sep 1994 -  July 1999

    Title of qualification awarded

    Diplomatocon voto 100/100.

    Name and type of organisation providing education and training

    Liceo scientifico Statale Farnesina

    Level in national or international classification

    ISCED 3





    Specialization courses





    Sep 25-27 2006

    Title of qualification awarded

    SIGRAV Graduate School on “Experimental Gravitation in Space” Galileo Galilei Institute, Arcetri, Firenze, Italy



    Personal skills and competences




    Mother tongue




    Other language




    Organisational skills and competences

    Capable of working either independently and in a team.

    Confident in handling new tasks.

    Flexible in assignments.



    Computer skills and competences

    Operating systems: WINDOWS, UNIX and LINUX.

    Programming languages: FORTRAN, python, MATLAB, bash, csh. Basic knowledge of C++, HTML, PHP and Javascript.

    Microsoft Office Suite.

    Other utilities/libraries: MONTE and ODP (JPL operational software for spacecraft navigation of interplanetary probes), SPICE/NAIF library.


    Additional information




    Proceedings of international conferences


    D. Parcher, M. Abrahamson, A. Ardito, D. Han, R. Haw, B. Kennedy, N. Mastrodemos, S. Nandi, R. Park, B. Rush, B. Smith, J. Smith, A. Vaughan, G. Whiffen, “Dawn Maneuver Design Performance at Vesta”, 23rd AAS/AIAASpace Flight Mechanics Meeting, 10-14 February 2013, Kauai, Hawaii, USA


    M. Abrahamson, A. Ardito, D. Han, R. Haw, B. Kennedy, N. Mastrodemos, S. Nandi, R. Park, B. Rush, A. Vaughan, “Dawn Orbit Determination Team: Trajectory Modeling and Reconstruction Processes at Vesta”, 23rd AAS/AIAASpace Flight Mechanics Meeting, 10-14 February 2013, Kauai, Hawaii, USA


    B. Kennedy, M. Abrahamson, A. Ardito, D. Han, R. Haw, N. Mastrodemos, S. Nandi, R. Park, B. Rush, A. Vaughan, “Dawn Orbit Determination Team: Trajectory and Gravity Prediction Performance during Vesta Science Phases”, 23rd AAS/AIAASpace Flight Mechanics Meeting, 10-14 February 2013, Kauai, Hawaii, USA


    B. Kennedy, M. Abrahamson, A. Ardito, R. Haw, N. Mastrodemos, S. Nandi, R. Park, B. Rush, A. Vaughan, “Dawn Orbit Determination Team: Modeling and Fitting of Optical data at Vesta”, 23rd AAS/AIAASpace Flight Mechanics Meeting, 10-14 February 2013, Kauai, Hawaii, USA


    F. Barbaglio, A. Ardito, L. Iess, M. Lanucara, R. Madde’, M. Mercolino, G. Rapino, “ESA Delta-DOR enhancement: agencies interoperability, wideband and low-snr functionality”, 63rd International Astronautical Congress, 1-5 October 2012, Naples, Italy


    P. Tortora, J. W. Armstrong, S. W. Asmar, L. Iess, N. J. Rappaport, A. Ardito, L. Somenzi,

    Cassini’s determination of the gravity fields of the saturnian satellites”, 58th International

    Astronautical Congress, 24-28 September 2007, Hyderabad, India


    M. Mercolino, R. Maddè, L. Iess, M. Lanucara, P. Tortora, A. Ardito, G. Rapino, “Results

    and future applications of the ESA Delta-DOR”, 4th ESA International Workshop on

    Tracking, Telemetry and Command, 11-14 September 2007, ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany


    L. Iess, R. Abellò, A. Ardito, G. Comoretto, M. Lanucara, R. Maddè, M. Mercolino, G.

    Rapino, M. Sensi, P. Tortora, “The European Delta-DOR correlator”, 57th International

    Astronautical Congress, 2-6 October 2006, Valencia, Spain


    L. Iess, A. Ardito, S. W. Asmar, G. W. Bury, D. V. Johnston, “Precision Doppler tracking

    of the lunar probe SMART-1 in X and Ka band”, XVIII Congresso Nazionale AIDAA, 19-

    22 September 2005, Volterra (PI), Italy


    Participation to international conferences with publications of abstracts




    S. Asmar, A. Ardito, J. W. Armstrong, L. Iess, N. J. Rappaport, P. Tortora: “Saturn’s

    Gravity Field: Results from Two Flybys and Proximal Orbits Simulations”, Division for

    Planetary Sciences, 10-15 October 2008, Ithaca, NY, USA


    N. Rappaport, L. Iess, P. Tortora, J. Wahr, J. Lunine, R. Mackenzie, J.W. Armstrong, S.W.

    Asmar, A. Ardito, M. Di Benedetto, A. Graziani, P. Racioppa: “The Gravity Science

    Analysis of Cassini Flybys T11 and T22 and Future Work”, EOS Trans. AGU, 88(52), Fall

    Meet. Suppl., Abstract P23B-1367 (2007)


    L. Iess, R. Abelló, A. Ardito, G. Comoretto, M. Lanucara R. Maddè, M. Mercolino, G.

    Rapino, P. Tortora: “The software correlator for ESA DDOR”, presentation at the 4th

    RadioNet Engineering Forum Workshop: “Next Generation Correlators for Radio

    Astronomy and Geodesy”, 27-29 June 2006, Groningen, The Netherlands


    Participation of workshps


    L. Iess, A. Ardito, M. Di Benedetto, A. Graziani, P. Persi, P. Racioppa, R. Seu, P. Tortora: “Gravity Fields and Rotation of Titan Saturnian Satellites”, VIII Convegno Nazionale di Scienze Planetarie, 21-25 January 2008, Bormio


    L. Iess, A. Ardito, S.W. Asmar, G.W.Bury, P. McManamon: “Doppler measurements and frequency stability of the X/Ka radio link: results from the RSIS experiment”, 16-17 January 2007, SMART-1 Technology Workshop, ESTEC

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