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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:03:00 +0100
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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:00:00 +0100
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket carrying the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) for NASA and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-2 on Nov. 18 at 1:47 a.m. PST. The JPSS program provides the nation's next generation polar-orbiting operational environmental satellite system, delivering key observations for the nation's essential projects and services, including forecasting weather in advance and assessing environmental hazards...
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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:33:00 +0100
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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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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:47:00 +0100
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded BAE Systems a contract worth up to $12.8 million to develop an innovative space evaluation and analysis testbed to support the development, integration, evaluation and analysis of advanced space enterprise command and control (C2) tools and capability technologies. The U.S. military must be able to quickly establish situational awareness and execute operations in space. Within the space domain, many thousands of objects that ar...
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:45:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced that the "S.S. Gene Cernan" CygnusTM spacecraft successfully completed its rendezvous and berthing maneuvers with the International Space Station earlier this morning. This marks the company's eighth successful berthing with the orbiting laboratory. Cygnus launched into orbit aboard an Orbital ATK Antares(tm) rocket at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on November 12. The spacecraft then executed a ser...
Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:45:00 +0100
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +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
After a successful year-long test campaign by Airbus at IABG in Ottobrunn near Munich, the twin GRACE-FO (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On) satellites will soon travel to their launch site in California. During testing, the gravity-measuring satellites, which will track the continuous movement of liquid water, ice and the solid Earth due to Earth's changing seasons, weather and climate processes, earthquakes and even human activities, were subjected to conditions similar to t...
Sun, 12 Nov 2017 16:15:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, successfully launched its Antares(tm) rocket carrying a Cygnus(tm) spacecraft today at 7:19 a.m. EST, from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia. The launch is Orbital ATK's eighth cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station for NASA. During the mission, designated OA-8, Cygnus will deliver vital equipment, supplies and experiments to the astronauts aboard the space station, as well a...
Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
A contract for two new generation communications satellites was signed today by Turksat with Airbus Defence and Space. The satellites, Turksat 5A and Turksat 5B, are based on the latest Electric Orbit Raising (EOR) version of Airbus' highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform, which uses electric propulsion for in-orbit raising and station-keeping. "We are very pleased to welcome Turksat as a new Eurostar customer for the most powerful satellites of their fleet. We were the first to demonstra...
Thu, 9 Nov 2017 14:04:00 +0100
NASA's Orion spacecraft aims to send humans further into space than ever before, and ESA's European Service Module will provide the essentials for keeping the astronauts alive and on course. A review of the programme by NASA to assess progress is now showing a launch date from December 2019 to June 2020. The first Exploration Mission-1 will circle the Moon without astronauts to lay the foundation and prove the technology for a second mission with a crew. In Bremen, Germany, integration ...
Thu, 9 Nov 2017 11:42:00 +0100
A UK company has been selected to undertake the Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) for a satellite which will help tackle climate change, Science Minister Jo Johnson announced today. Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with the UK Space Agency to work on MicroCarb, a joint UK-French satellite mission which will measure sources and sinks of carbon, the principal greenhouse gas driving global warming. It is the first European mission intended to characterise greenhouse gas fluxes on Ear...
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     Date Submitted:24-01-2015
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     Current job:Early Stage Researcher
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:>3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsFlight Dynamics, GNC, AOCS, Space Systems Design, System Engineering
    CV

    Date of birth 18/09/1984 | Nationality Italian

    WORK EXPERIENCE

    12/01/2015–20/03/2015 GNC Engineer Intern at Deimos Space
    As part of the AstroNet-II Research Network activities, I joined Deimos Space in Madrid for an internship in the GNC/AOCS division. Using a detailed simulator in SIMULINK I tested the concept and developed the algorithms of my research work, for use in more realistic scenarios.

    01/2012–Present Flight Dynamics Engineer - Volunteer
    SGAC - Space Safety and Sustainability Working Group Studies on Active Debris Removal Mission. Author of the proposal "Attitude dynamics aspects of Active Debris Removal" for one the upcoming 2015 projects.

    10/2014–01/2015 Teaching assistant: Spacecraft Dynamics and Missions
    Surrey Space Centre - University of Surrey, Guildford
    As a Lab demonstrator for Prof. Palmer's course I prepared assignments on Attitude Dynamics, assisted students in the computer lab (MATLAB) and marked coursework

    02/2013–09/2013 STRaND-1 Spacecraft Controller
    Surrey Space Centre - University of Surrey, Guildford
    I have been trained with other PGR students for setting up the SSC ground station and I supported various passages of this 3U CubeSat

    2009–2011 European Student Moon Orbiter (ESMO) AOCS Team Coordinator
    Politecnico di Milano / SSTL / ESA
    Coordination of the AOCS Milan team and Phase B work from subsystem requirements review to simulations and design validation.
    ▪ Analysis of disturbance torques along the mission
    ▪ Use of MATLAB scripts and SIMULINK for equipment sizing and evaluation of various configurations. Simulations covered: De-spin and Sun pointing by means of Attitude Control Thrusters, Reaction Wheels desaturation, slew manoeuvres, feasibility analysis of thrust vector control during main engine burns.
    ▪ Editing of Subsystem Requirements, Design Definition and Justification and Interface Control documents.
    ▪ Design of AOCS modes and transitions as contributions to the Concept of Operations document at system level
    ▪ Participation to the ESMO Workshop at SSTL in December 2010
    ▪ Participation to the ESMO PDR at ESA/ESTEC in May 2011
    ▪ Paper presented at GNC2011 student session

    03/2009–06/2009 Mission Analysis and Flight Dynamics Engineer
    Politecnico di Milano - Space Systems Design Course
    ARIA (Atmosphere Remote Infrared Analyzer) was a concept for the 2009 Space System Design class. Students run a Phase A study simulation which was completed during 4 months of teamwork (one student per subsystem). I was in charge of Mission Analysis for this dual satellite mission for 3D remote sensing of the atmosphere
    ▪ Orbit selection, payload resolution analysis, formation flying concept
    ▪ Concept of Operations, Mission Phases and design of ΔV manoeuvres
    ▪ Orbital disturbances analysis, strategy for orbital correction manoeuvres

    10/2008–01/2009 ESMO AOCS Intern at ESA/ESTEC
    ▪ Kick-off of AOCS Milan team activities
    ▪ End of Phase A activities (use of ESA iCDF platform)
    ▪ Requirements review and RID closure process preparing the System Requirements Review (use of Telelogic DOORS)

    03/2006–12/2006 Trainee for B.Sc. Final Project
    Politecnico di Milano
    I coded the telecommunication and data handling software for PALAMEDE microsatellite and tested it on the S/C Flight Model. I gained proficiency in C and worked with an RS-232 ORBCOMM radiomodem over a realtime Linux OS (RTAI).

    EDUCATION AND TRAINING

    01/07/2012–01/07/2015
    (expected)
    PhD in Astrodynamics / AstroNet-II Early Stage Researcher
    Surrey Space Centre - University of Surrey, Guildford
    "Efficient modelling of small bodies gravitational potential for autonomous approach"
    Supervisors: Prof. Phil Palmer, Prof. Mark Roberts
    ▪ Development of an optimisation technique for generating an approximate gravitational model of small bodies from higher accuracy data
    ▪ Design of a control law to negotiate a spacecraft to one of the rotational equilibrium point around an asteroid, making use of the approximate gravitational model. The control law is composed by a Lyapunov function control for the Jacobi Energy and a simpler controller compensating the Coriolis Acceleration.
    ▪ Attendance to AstroNet-II Training Schools, organiser of the Asteroid Missions Workshop
    ▪ Papers presented at conferences: DyCoSS 2014, ICNPAA 2014, IAC 2014

    2008–2012 M.Sc. in Space Engineering
    Politecnico di Milano
    Courses: Attitude Determination and Control, Space Systems Design, Orbital Mechanics, Propulsion,
    Structures, Heat Transfer
    M.Sc. project: "Design of the AOCS for the European Student Moon Orbiter"
    Supervisor Prof. Franco Bernelli

    2004–2008 B.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering
    Politecnico di Milano
    B.Sc. project: "Design and Development of Telecommunication and Data Handling software for the PALAMEDE Microsatellite"
    Supervisor Prof. Franco Bernelli

    PERSONAL SKILLS

    Mother tongue(s) Italian
    Other language(s) English C1

    Communication skills: I have been part of many teams, from work/university projects to charity and election campaigns. I'm accustomed to deliver presentations and to speak in front of an audience. I have been a volunteer educator at local youth groups in my home town for many years. I enjoy working in an international and multicultural environment.

    Organisational / managerial skills: In June 2014 I organised the "Asteroid missions workshop" as part of the 3rd AstroNet-II Training School in Zielona Gora inviting a couple of speakers from the Hayabusa and Rosetta teams and preparing an hands-on exercise for my fellow researchers in the network.

    Team coordination/leadership: ESMO AOCS, organizer of a young people civil list for the 2007 Mayoral Elections in my town.

    Job-related skills: Flight Dynamics, AOCS, Mission Analysis, Space Systems, Requirements Specification

    Computer skills
    Programming languages: proficient in MATLAB and C, intermediate in C++, beginner in Fortran, Python, BASH and Java.
    Version Control Systems: Git and Subversion
    Engineering software: MATLAB (with SIMULINK and GUIDE), AGI STK, Telelogic DOORS. Basic knowledge of CAD and FEM software: Femap+Nastran, COMSOL, SolidEdge, SolidWorks, CATIA
    OS: experienced in Linux (user since 2006 and member Politecnico Open unix Labs), Windows, OSX
    Other: LaTeX, MS Office, Libre/OpenOffice, Web development (PHP, MySql, HTML, CSS)

    Sports: mountaineering, sailing, cycling, football, diving (NAUI, 2003)

    Hobbies: music, amateur astronomy, fixing stuff, photography, reading. I enjoy playing with my friends in our band Ammazzacaffè

    PUBLICATIONS
    ▪ Turconi, Palmer, Roberts,"Efficient modelling of small bodies gravitational potential for autonomous approach", IAC, Toronto, October, 2014
    ▪ Turconi, Palmer, Roberts, "Efficient modelling of small bodies gravitational potential for autonomous operations", ICNPAA Congress, Narvik, July 15-18, 2014
    ▪ Turconi, Palmer, Roberts, "Autonomous guidance and control in the proximity of asteroids using a simple model of the gravitational potential", 2nd IAA/AAS Conference on Dynamics and Control of Space Systems (DyCoSS), Rome, March 24-26, 2014
    ▪ Emanuelli, Nasseri, Turconi et al., "Design and Evaluation of Active Debris Removal Mission with chemical propulsion and electrodynamic tether", VIII Science and Technology Conference "Dynamic of Systems, Mechanisms, Machines", Omsk, November, 2012
    ▪ Chiuri, Pilati, Turconi et al., Attitude and Orbit Control System for the European Student Moon Orbiter (ESMO), GNC 2011 - 8th International ESA Conference on Guidance, Navigation & Control Systems, Carlsbad, June 5-10, 2011


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