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Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:49:42 +0000
For the space-based infrared SBIRS satellites 5 and 6, the Air Force says the per-unit cost went down 12 percent — from $1.9 billion to $1.6 billion.
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Loral Space and Communications wants to move ahead with a “strategic transaction” involving fleet operator Telesat that may spark a legal fight with Telesat’s other major shareholder, a Canadian pension fund.
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To prevent collisions in space, nations with advanced orbital monitoring abilities need to share data with each other. Russia, being skilled in space situational awareness (SSA), should be part of the global effort to protect the space environment, experts said March 15 at the Satellite 2018 conference here.
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:48:13 +0000
In its budget proposal for the coming year, the U.S. Air Force is trying to send the same message to foreign adversaries and critics at home: the service definitely is not underestimating threats the United States and its allies face in space.
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     Date Submitted:06-09-2013
     Last Modified:06-09-2013 (02:29)
    Job information
     Current job:Aerospace Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
     Keywords* Systems Engineering & Mission Analysis * STK (Orbit Modelling Software) * Remote Sensing & Coverage Analysis * Rarefied Aerodynamic Modelling * Orbital Mechanics * Concepts Generation and 3D CAD design

    Personal Profile
    As a highly-motivated aerospace engineer within the space sector, I have experience in the fields of space mission analysis, satellite systems engineering and remote sensing. Taking part to Earth Observation and interplanetary phase A studies with major players of the space industry made me develop a valuable and broad technical skill set. Particular interests are focused towards orbit mechanics and rarefied aerodynamic modelling. I am extremely passionate about space and a strong believer of the need to expand the world’s space capabilities.

    Career Objective
    Looking to secure a position in the space industry, where I can bring technical value and develop current skill set further.

    Masters Degree – Space Studies – Cum Laude 2012-2013
    International Space University, Strasbourg, France
    Gave a wide overview of the space sector. Courses included: Space Systems Engineering, Space Sciences, Space Applications, Space Management & Business, Space Policy, Space Economics & Law.

    Bachelors and Masters Degree – Aerospace Engineering 2008-2012
    University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
    Courses included: Advanced Space Systems, Applied Aerodynamics, Aerospace Propulsion, Aerospace Structures and Materials, Systems and Control Engineering

    European Baccalaureate

    European School of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

    Professional and Leadership Experience
    NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California - Internship         2013 to Aug 2013
    Research Scholar, Mission Design Division May
    I worked as a system engineer in the Mars Sample Return mission. Tasks included pre phase-A concepts generation & design and orbit modelling in matlab. I wrote a technical report outlining my results and presented them to the Mission Design Division at NASA Ames.

    International Space University, Strasbourg, France- Full Time         Oct 2012 to May 2013
    Mars-X Project Manager
    Project manager of a team of 27 members. Mars-X is a project involving an alternative holistic approach towards exploring Mars from its moons. Sponsored by NASA and Lockheed Martin. Presented to numerous conferences and institutions, including NASA HQ, NASA Ames, JPL and ESA.

    University of Bristol, Bristol, UK - Part Time        Apr 2012 
    STK Teaching Assistant
    Supervised 80 space systems engineering students during an STK instructional workshop. I advised master level students on questions ranging from general orbital mechanics and astronomy to the STK software.

    SES Astra, Luxembourg - Internship      Jul 2011 (3 weeks)
    Telecom Satellite Operator
    Worked in the Business Development division, mapping and digitalising the uplink and downlink radiofrequencies and orbital ephemeris of communication satellites to update the in-house database.

    University of Bristol, Bristol, UK - Full Time      Oct 2010 to May 2011
    Head of Mission Analysis
    Designed an Earth Observation satellite in collaboration with EADS Astrium. My task consisted in using various engineering approaches and software to define the satellite's mission.


    Grasso, A. 2013. Ultra-Low Orbit on Mars for Gravity Field Measurements and Atmospheric Sensing Applications (Unpublished).

    Grasso, A. 2012. Feasibility Study of an Ultra-Low Altitude Hyperspectral Micro-Satellite. 63rd International Astronautical Congress, Napoli, 1-5 October 2012. IAC-12-E2.1.6.

    Honours and Awards
    Edmon Brun award for the best student paper at the 63rd International Astronautical Congress
    Oct 2012
    L'association Aéronautique et Astronautique de France

    Scholarship to attend the International Space University
    Sep 2012
    European Space Agency

    Winner of the 2012 UK student paper competition
    Jun 2012
    British Interplanetary Society

    Other Skills
    Languages: Italian (Mother Tongue), English (Fluent), French (Fluent)
    Computing: * Excellent Knowledge: Microsoft Office, Systems Tool Kit (STK), Concurrent Design Facility (CDF) at the International Space University
    * Good Knowledge: 3D CAD (Autodesk Inventor), C/C++, Matlab, Simulink
    * Basic Knowledge: Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DS2V), Finite Element Analysis

    Space: Attended and presented at numerous conferences, workshops and events related to space. Active advocator and promoter of space.
    Sports: Practised professional football, swimming and diving. Enjoy running.

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