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     Date Submitted:13-08-2013
     Last Modified:14-08-2013 (01:13)
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     Current job:PhD at University of Padova
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:>3months
     Industry:Satellite Operators
     KeywordsOrbit determination, satellite aerodynamics, radiation pressure, navigation, mission design
    CV
    Education
    2011–Present PhD student in Astronautics and Space Sciences, Center of Studies and Activities for Space "G.Colombo" (CISAS) – University of Padova, Padova.
     
    2011 NAPEOS software system training course, University of Padova, Padova.
    3 days course, held by Dr. Tim Springer (PosiTim)
     
    2008–2010 Master degree in Aerospace Engineering, University of Padova, Padova,
    Final grade: 110/110.
     
    2009–2010 Master program in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California,
    Irvine, GPA: 3.9/4.0. Education Abroad Program (EAP), 2 semesters duration.
     
    2004-2007 Bachelor degree in Aerospace Engineering, University of Padova, Padova,
    Final grade: 97/110.
     
    1999-2004 High school Scientific Diploma, Computer National Plan (PNI), Liceo scientifico
    "E. Curiel", Padova, Final grade: 88/100.
     
     
    PhD Dissertation
    Title Analysis of the Radiation Pressure and Aerodynamic effects on Earth orbiting satellites for Precise Orbit Determination (POD) applications.
    Supervisor Prof. Stefano Casotto
    Description A new methodology is proposed to address the problem of describing the main nongravitational forces acting on Earth satellites for precise orbit determination applications.
    Different databases of force coefficients are developed for what concerns the satellite Aerodynamics, Solar Radiation Pressure, Earth Radiation Pressure, and spacecraft Thermal Re-Radiation, which are used by the NAPEOS software system to improve the POD results.
     
     
    Master’s Thesis
    Title Dynamics and control of an airship for planetary applications in MATLAB-Simulink environment.
    Supervisors Prof. Enrico Lorenzini, Dr. Giacomo Colombatti, Eng. Alessio Aboudan
    Description In a collaboration between the University of Padova and the University of California Irvine, a complete airship simulator was implemented and the developed airship autonomous control was integrated and tested. The thesis was selected as winner of the Rocco Petrone award issued by the Italian Space Agency (ASI).
     
     
    Experience
    2013 Research Associate, European Space Agency – European Space Operations Centre,
    ESA/ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany.
     
    Conducting a 5 months internship at HSO-GN related to the ongoing PhD activity. The necessary software modifications were implemented in the NAPEOS software system to make use, test and validate the developed databases of satellite non-gravitational force coefficients.
     
    Detailed achievements:
    - improved the knowledge of precise orbit determination and of the NAPEOS software system;
    - learned how NAPEOS source code is designed and how the different programs are working;
    - learned and experienced how to implement and integrate new models in NAPEOS;
    - learned and experienced how to modify and integrate the NAPEOS GUI.
     
    2013 Alpbach Summer School, FFG, ESA, ISSI, Austrospace, Alpbach, Austria.
     
    The purpose of the 2 weeks Summer School "Space Weather: Science, Missions and Systems" was to foster the practical application of knowledge derived from lectures, to develop organisational and team-work skills and to encourage creativity. Teams competed to design the best project, judged by an independent jury.
     
    Detailed achievements:
    - improved the ability to work in an international and multicultural environment;
    - improved the ability of leading a group, equally distributing and organizing the necessary work;
    - experienced the collaboration and the need of compromises in a group made of scientists and engineers working toward the same objective;
    - learned and experienced how to substain an intensive working rhythm with 20-hour working days.
     
    2011–2012 GOCE-Italy Research Program, Italian Space Agency – ASI, Italy.
     
    An ESA endorsement project, financed by ASI and coordinated by Prof. Fernando Sansó, from the Politecnico di Milano, with the objective of developing improved local and global gravity field models from the ESA GOCE satellite data.
    Detailed achievements:
    - experienced the collaboration with different Italian univeristies and companies;
    - deepened the knowledge in the different fields of the program: geodesy, solid and ocean tides, orbit determination and geology;
    - gained experience in progress/final reports writing and presentation holding.
     
     
    Honors and Awards
    2012 Graduation Prize Rocco Petrone, Prize for the best thesis about "Rovers for Moon and planetary exploration", with the thesis "Dynamics and control of an airship for planetary applications in MATLAB-Simulink environment".
     
     
    Conferences and Meetings
    - GOCE - 4th International User Workshop 2011, 31 March - 01 April 2011, Technische Universität München (TUM) Munich, Germany.
     
    - Work Meeting with Thales Alenia Space Italia – TASI, 04 May 2012, TASI, Torino, Italy.
     
    - Progress and Final Meetings with GOCE-Italy group, 2011–2012, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, and ASI, Rome, Italy.
     
     
    Publications
    - GOCE Fully-Dynamic Precise Orbit Recovery, F. Gini, F. Panzetta, M. Bardella, S. Casotto, 23rd AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, AAS 13-285, 2013.
     
    - Fully-Dynamic Approach for GOCE Precise Orbit Determination, S. Casotto, F. Gini, F. Panzetta, M. Bardella, Bollettino di Geofisica Teorica ed Applicata, 2013.
     
     
    Computer skills
    Programming Languages
    Fortran, C, C++, Matlab and Matlab-Simulink, python, Bash;
     
    Operative Systems
    Linux, Macintosh, Microsoft Windows;
     
    Engineering Softwares
    Fluent, ESATAN-TMS Radiative module, Solidworks, AutoCAD;
     
    Other Softwares
    LATEX, Microsoft Office package, OpenOffice package, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop.
     
     
    Languages
    Italian Mothertongue
    English Advanced Full professional proficiency
    Spanish Basic Basic words and phrases only
    German Basic Basic words and phrases only
     
    Personal Information
    Volunteer Experiences
    - Ambulance Volunteer for the Italian Red Cross (January 2005 - Present);
    - Boy Scout Leader for AGESCI (2004 - 2011);
    - Experience of one month volunteering in Argentina for Jardin de los niños Italia.
     
    Interests
    - Photography;
    - Reading;
    - Cycling;
    - Football.

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