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     Date Submitted:26-10-2013
     Last Modified:13-03-2017 (08:20)
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     Current job:Project Engineer & CEO Technical Advisor
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     KeywordsSpace engineer


    Sex Male | Date of birth 02/11/1986 | Nationality Italian





    September 2016 – Today

    Project Engineer & CEO Technical Advisor

    Argotec S.r.l
    52, Via Cervino, 10155, Turin, Italy

    Technical consulting with and for the CEO and the R&D unit

    Assessing the technical feasibility of new technologies for Space and Ground applications

    Supporting the preparation of documentation and proposal and technical review

    Research and Development Aerospace company

    May 2014 – Today

    Project Engineer

    Argotec S.r.l
    52, Via Cervino, 10155, Turin, Italy

    Direct responsible for AIV/AIT activities of ISS payloads supporting the test plan definition, the test procedure writing, the test execution and reporting (e.g. vibration tests, thermal cycling and balance, leak and proof tests, functional tests, physical properties tests and integration in clean room)

    Supporting the MSG Team during the Integrated Verification Testing of an ISS payload at the Marshall Space Flight Center

    Responsible for the mechanical design, configuration and CAD drawings for small satellites and ISS payloads

    Responsible for mechanical design, integration, and testing of passive thermal control devices (e.g. Loop Heat Pipes)

    Designing and developing a double action pump for the hydraulic circuit of an ISS payload

    Performing mission analysis for Earth, Cis-lunar and Lunar orbits (maneuvering, ∆V budget)

    Developing a simulation software for the orbital propagation and maneuvering for satellites in Earth and Cis-Lunar orbits including orbital perturbations

    Responsible for the requirements definition and thruster configuration for the propulsion subsystem of small satellites

    Supporting contacts with subcontractors from a technical point of view

    Supporting the preparation of the Flight Safety Data Packages and participating in NASA Safety Reviews (Phase 0/I/II/III)

    Supporting the preparation of the documentation and participating in Milestone meetings with customers (SRR, PDR, CDR, FRR)

    Supporting real-time ISS payload operations

    Supporting the thermal analysis for small satellites and ISS payloads


    Project in which I was involved with the above-mentioned tasks:


    ArgoMoon (2016)

    ArgoMoon is a small satellite, in particular a 6U cubesat that we are currently designing and it will be launched in 2018 onto the new NASA SLS within the EM-1 mission.


    Heat Exchanging pAssive Technology aka HEAT (2013-2016)
    Heat Exchanging pAssive Technology also known as HEAT aims at improve the knowledge in the field of passive thermal exchange devices. It also aims to develop new prototypes in order to increase the performances of existing devices and enlarge their applicability areas.


    Thermal Exchange aka ARTE (2014-2016)
    The sub-rack payload Thermal Exchange is an experiment also known as ARTE that aims at validating heat pipe performances on-orbit using different working fluids with low toxicity. It was successfully launched and operated on-board the station inside the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG).


    ISSpresso (2014-2015)

    It is called ISSpresso and it is the first capsule-based espresso system able to work in the extreme conditions of space. Argotec and Lavazza worked together with the Italian Space Agency to bring the authentic Italian espresso onto the International Space Station. ISSpresso is the product of a project run by Argotec, the Italian engineering company specialised in the design of aerospace systems and European leader in the preparation of healthy and nutritious foods for in-space consumption, and Lavazza, the historic Italian coffee brand.


    Research and Development Aerospace company

    February 2014 – March 2014

    Combustion Engineer

    CO3 S.r.l
    80, Via Achille Grandi, 20862 Arcore (MB) Italy

    As part of the technical team, I was in charge to review combustor design drawings, discuss and solve technical issues with customers and suppliers.

    Professional studios, consulting society




    March 2014

    Professional Qualification (Industrial Engineering - Section A)


    Politecnico di Milano
    32, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 20133, Milan, Italy

    Prove the capability to design an aerospace system starting from the given requirements.

    State examination to practice the profession (2nd session of 2013)


    October 2010- October 2013

    Master Degree in Space Engineering


    Politecnico di Milano
    32, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 20133, Milan, Italy

    Thesis:  Mechanical Activation of Energetic Materials


    Advisor: Prof. Luigi T. De Luca

    Co-Advisor: PhD Stefano Dossi


    Space system design

    Project FLAREO (FLexible ARchitecture for Earth Observation)

     FLAREO was a feasibility study and a preliminary design of a fractionated spacecraft for Earth observation performed along with a group of 11 colleagues within the framework of the Space System Design course. I was personally in charge of the preliminary design of the EPS of all the formation flight satellites.

    Space engineering design

    Spacecraft attitude dynamics and control

    Fundamentals of thermochemical propulsion

    Space propulsion and power systems

    Heat transfer and thermal analysis

    Dynamics and control of aerospace structures and fundamentals of aeroelasticity

    Telecommunication systems

    Orbital mechanics


    Aerospace structures

    Experimental techniques in aerospace engineering

    May 2009 – October 2009



    Federazione C.A.P. - Club Aviazione Popolare
    Bresso airfield (MI), Italy

    I have assisted the technical manager of the “Federazione CAP” in drafting some technical and administrative procedures. These procedures are essential to the supervision and certification activities behind the construction of amateur-built aircrafts. These supervision activities have been directly delegated from the national civil aviation authority (ENAC).

    October 2005 – February 2010

    Bachelor Degree in Aerospace Engineering


    Politecnico di Milano
    32, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 20133, Milan, Italy

    On-Board equipment and avionics systems

    Principles of flight mechanics

    Aerospace technology and materials

    Aerospace propulsion (exothermic and endothermic)

    Fluid dynamics and aerodynamics

    Structural science

    Aerospace structure

    Math calculus

    Fundamentals of electronics and informatics

    Fundamentals of statistical analysis and testing for aerospace

    Fundamentals of orbital dynamics




    Mother tongue(s)


    Other language(s)


    Communication skills

    Capacity to work inside a team within the boundaries of assigned project and stringent schedules. Capable of working under pressure to reach the project objectives.

    Always working with my colleagues in order to solve the project’s challenges.

    Organizational / managerial skills

    Good activities prioritization

    Job-related skills

    CAD design and mechanical drawings

    Mechanical and hydraulic design

    Data analysis

    Procedure and technical documents writing

    Assembly, Integration and Testing

    Experimental design and test campaign

    Feasibility studies

    Numerical simulation

    Numerical code generation


    Digital competence


    Information processing


    Content creation


    Problem solving


    Proficient user

    Proficient user

    Proficient user

    Proficient user

    Proficient user


    Operating system: Windows 7/8/10, MacOS, Unix

    Programming languages: Matlab, Simulink, C++

    CAD software: SolidWorks, UGS Solid Edge, Dassault Systemes CATIA, Autodesk AutoCAD & Inventor

    FEA software: Siemens Femap, MSC Adams, Comsol Multiphysics, MSC Nastran, Autodesk  Mechanical Simulation

    NI LabView

    AGI Satellite Tool Kit (STK)

    Microsoft Office standard package (Power Point, Word, Excel, Outlook)

    Microsoft Visio

    PDF and photo editing: Adobe Acrobat Pro, Photoshop


    Other skills

    Electrical cable and PCB components soldering

    Use of almost all the mechanical hand-tools (e.g. drill, leather, etc.)

    Knowledge of basic fire-fighting techniques

    Driving licence

    A, B





    S. Dossi, F. Maggi, L. Facciolati and L.T. De Luca Activation of micrometric aluminium metal oxide mixtures by mechanical milling in 5th European Conference for Aerospace Sciences (EUCASS 2013), ISBN: 9788494153105

    N. Viola, F. Stesina, M. Marenco, A. Frosi et al. Thermal Exchange: A payload for Technological Experiments On-Board the International Space Station in 66th International Astronautical Congress, Jerusalem, Israel, October 2015

    N. Viola, M. Camisassa, L. Facciolati, F. Lepore, et al. Thermal Exchange: A payload for Technological Experiments On-Board the International Space Station in AIDAA Conference, November 2015

    Dr. A. Lamberti, F. Cona, D. Di Paola, V. Di Tana, L. Facciolati, A. Filosa, A. Frosi, Dr. C. Galbiati, E. Garante, F. Iorizzo, J. L. Hall, S. Patruno, R. Rinaldi Argomoon: A Nano-Eyewitness For Space Exploration in 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Guadalajara, Mexico, 26-30 September 2016

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