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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:29:00 +0100
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:45:00 +0100
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Sun, 12 Nov 2017 16:15:00 +0100
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Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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     Date Submitted:13-09-2013
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     Current job:PhD Researcher
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     Keywordsspacecraft, space debris, de-orbit, system engineering, testing, requirements, mission analysis, project management
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    PERSONAL STATEMENT

    PhD researcher with an aerospace engineering background specialising in Space Debris Mitigation technologies for de-orbiting. Seeking to build on research skills and system engineering approach gained through space mission projects from requirements to delivery. Ambition is to have a managerial career in the sector including innovative technologies and policies development. Team worker, flexible and capable of build relationships with people at all levels. Strong communication and leadership skills with ability to manage people and resources in an international environment.

     

    EDUCATION

    PhD on passive drag augmentation de-orbit systems: Cranfield University, UK (December 2013 - expected June 2017)

    This is a full time programme in the School of Aerospace, Transport & Manufacturing with the Space Research Group in the area of Clean Space, theme of Space Debris Mitigation, and including the development of the De-Orbit Mechanism (DOM) Payload for ESEO mission.

    The research focuses on the development of passive drag augmentation systems for de-orbiting a range of different spacecraft at the end of life, so to have a product family of scalable designs. The work encompassed market forecast scenario of LEO spacecraft, and their compliance to Space Debris Mitigation requirements, failure analysis of satellites’ subsystems, requirements definition and design of the drag augmentation de-orbit device.

    Research activities included assisting in the supervision of four MSc students from the Astronautics & Space Engineering course and two Pre-master students.

    TESP Robotics: Tohoku University, Japan (July 2016)

    Successfully selected for Summer school in Robotics: lectures in Space and Disaster robotics, Computer vision, Robotics for human assistance, Haptic interfaces, Cameras and image sensors, including Group project on haptic sensors and interfaces.

    MSc Aerospace & Astronautics Engineering (106/110): Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy (October 2010 - March 2013)

    Modules: Space system engineering, Space propulsion, Spacecraft attitude dynamics and control, Astrodynamics, Aerodynamics, Metrology, Manufacturing for aerospace materials, Lightweight structures, laboratories in Hybrid rockets and Space robotics.

    Group Project: MISSUS (Meteorological Integrated Sensor Suite for Stratospheric analysis) experiment on ESA, SNSB, DLR, BEXUS programme (2011-2012): the primary goal of the project was to collect meteorological and attitude data, basing on a synergic approach, in order to validate the atmospheric models during the ascent, float and descent phases of the BEXUS stratospheric balloon mission. Tasks as team leader were project management, testing and data analysis.

    Individual Thesis: “MISSUS experiment on BEXUS programme: Temperature data analysis and correlation”. The aim of the work was to validate and verify the performance of the MarsTem prototype on-board MISSUS with real data sets. The thesis focused on atmospheric analysis based on the meteorological data acquired by the experiment and correlation between gondola attitude and RTD measurements.

    BSc Aerospace Engineering (105/110): Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy (October 2007 - September 2010)

    Modules: Calculus, Algebra, Applied Mathematics, Differential Equations, Physics; Mechanical engineering modules with focus on Aerodynamics, Flight mechanics, Spacecraft systems, Structural mechanics. Elective: Electrical on-board system, Satellite optical payload and sensors.

     

    RESEARCH PROJECTS

    · ESA CleanSat’s technology assessment and concurrent engineering in support of LEO platform evolutions - Drag augmentation system (DAS) modules for small satellites (2016). Lead Researcher for DAS: work packages included requirements definition, performance analysis for de-orbit and debris risk assessment, review and refinement of baseline designs, development of derived designs; also involved in the proposal preparation.

    · ESA ESEO mission: DOM drag sail payload, due for launch 2018 (2013-2017). DOM Payload Engineer: requirements verification, mechanical design, performance analysis, test campaign on prototype, engineering model, and flight model compliant with ECSS standard, including production of test procedures and reports for official documentation.

    · Icarus-3 drag sail payload for SSTL Carbonite-1 (2015). Responsible for de-orbit analysis to assess spacecraft compliance with Space Debris Mitigation requirements.

     

    SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

    · C. Palla, J. Kingston, S. Hobbs, “Development of commercial drag augmentation systems for small satellites”, 7th European Conference on Space Debris, 18-21 April 2017, ESA/ESOC, Darmstadt.

    · C. Palla, D. Grinham, J. Kingston, “Development of a family of scalable drag augmentation systems”, IEEE Aerospace Conference, 4-11 March 2017, Big Sky, Montana.

    · C. Palla, J. Kingston, “Applicability of drag augmentation systems to enable future LEO spacecraft compliance with debris mitigation guidelines”, 67th IAC, 26-30 September 2016, Guadalajara, Mexico. Paper ID: IAC-16-A6.4.5.

    · C. Palla, M. Peroni, J. Kingston, ”Failure analysis of satellite subsystems to define suitable de-orbit devices”; Acta Astronautica, 2016. DOI:10.1016/j.actaastro.2016.07.021

    · C. Palla, J. Kingston, “Forecast analysis on satellites that need de-orbit technologies: future scenarios for passive de-orbit devices”; CEAS Space Journal; 2016. DOI:10.1007/s12567-016-0120-x

    · F. Cucciarrè, S. Chiodini, C. Palla, G. Tovo, I. Vidali, D. Bettio, D. Cornale, V. Botti, E. De Villa Bais, M. Didonè, G. Colombatti, S. Debei; “MISSUS experiment onboard BEXUS 15: an innovative integrated sensors suite for meteorological measurements in low pressure environments and for attitude reconstruction”; ESA Special Publication proceedings SP-721; 2013.

     

    CAREER HISTORY

    Cranfield Students’ Association (CSA): Cranfield, UK - President (May 2015 – April 2016)

    Working part-time as a sabbatical Officer for the Students Union of Cranfield University. Focus on leadership, representation and communication between the various CSA stakeholders:

    Representing the students rights and views at University Council, Senate and committees

    Liaising with senior University executives

    Managing, supporting, assisting the CSA team of Student Officers in key projects, events, activities

    Providing academic and welfare advice for students (including high level of confidentiality)

    Monitoring the financial situation and operational expenditure (signatory to the CSA bank account)

    Increasing the students’ engagement through renewed activities and communication media (led to CSA surplus in the financial year well ahead of budget)

    Responsible for the CSA’s strategy and planning, oversight of activities, legal duties and providing guidance as officer of the CSA board of trustees

    Cranfield Students’ Association: Cranfield, UK - Research Students’ officer (May 2014 – April 2015)

    Working as a volunteer elected Officer for the Students Union of Cranfield University.

    Representing the research students in the Research & Innovation Committee

    Supporting research students on academic and welfare issues

    Building a research community improving communication channels and running tailored events

    Providing student perspective as member of the Athena SWAN self-assessment team

    Involved in organizing and planning CSA and students-led events

    PC Engineering: Treviso, Italy - Assistant Engineer (April 2013 - November 2013)

    Working for a small engineering company in safety and risk analysis on machinery.

    Field-based analysis for health and safety requirements respect to Directive 2006/42/EC

    Producing technical documentation of machinery requirements compliance

    Design of LPG plants

    Fire risk assessment in production plants and buildings

     

    SKILLS, INTERESTS & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

    Languages: English (business fluent), Italian (mother tongue), Spanish (intermediate).

    IT Skills: Confident user experienced with Microsoft Office (including Project), MATLAB, SolidWorks, AutoCAD, STELA, DRAMA. Sound knowledge of CATIA V5, ANSYS (CFX), LaTeX; knowledge of Simulink, Abaqus, ESATAN.

    Individual Interests: Alpine ski racer and qualified ski instructor, enjoy dancing salsa and playing tennis, knowledge of classical guitar. 

    Volunteering: Active roles in the University students union (CSA) as representative; member of Sci Club Treviso board (2008-2014) and currently in Ski MK Race Team board, responsible for media and communication.

    Memberships: Student member of RAeS and WIA-Europe; member of CranSEDS (Cranfield students for the exploration and development of space): involved in extracurricular activities and in the Dragonfly project competition (2015) with CranSEDS team on a feasibility study focused on designing a mission capable to reach Alpha Centauri within 100 years.

    Honours & Awards: Santander Mobility Award (2017), Highly Commended certificate - Eric Beverley competition for the research work in Aerospace field. Awarded by the Worshipful Company of Coachmakers & Coach Harness Makers of London (2015).

    Qualifications: Professional Qualification in Industrial Engineering (Italian State Examination 13/07/2013); BASI Alpine Ski Level 1 Instructor (2016), QNUK Level 2 Award in Activity First Aid (QFC) (11/09/2016).


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