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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
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    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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