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A final fiscal year 2018 spending bill released by House and Senate appropriators March 21 would give NASA more than $20.7 billion, far above the administration’s original request.
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The Air Force's share of the Defense Department's $12.5 billion national security space budget is $11.4 billion.
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A Belgian court reversed approval for Inmarsat’s European Aviation Network in the country after fleet operator Viasat challenged the legality of its authorization.
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The European Space Agency is revising its e.Deorbit program to look for synergies between the mission and satellite servicing vehicles.
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Congress expects to receive from Hyten in June a “warfighting concept of operations” for space. One of the topics will be how to prepare the military for space operations.
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Relativity, the startup company developing small launch vehicles using additive manufacturing technologies, announced March 21 an agreement with NASA’s Stennis Space Center to take over one of its test stands.
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President Trump's riff on creating a military space force captured the public’s imagination, spawning memes and jokes about starship ninjas gearing up to fight the nation’s wars in space.
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The Japanese government, working with private ventures, announced plans March 20 to establish a nearly billion-dollar fund to support the development of space startups in the country.
Wed, 21 Mar 2018 01:24:13 +0000
An Alaskan spaceport will host the first launch of a rocket developed by a stealthy startup company as soon as next week, spaceport officials confirmed March 20.
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A decision on a new launch date for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, and announcement of any potential breach of its $8 billion cost cap, could come next week, an agency official said March 20.
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A letter signed by more than 60 House members calls on the Senate to advance the stalled nomination of fellow congressman Jim Bridenstine to be NASA administrator.
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Citing recent reforms that provide more time to orbit a new satellite constellation, satellite broadband-startup OneWeb asked U.S. telecom regulators to nearly triple the size of its authorized low-Earth-orbit constellation.
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Citing progress in producing plutonium-238, NASA will allow scientists proposing missions for an upcoming planetary science competition to use nuclear power sources.
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Seeking to return a borrowed satellite as soon as possible, Israeli fleet operator Spacecom is very close to purchasing a new satellite dubbed Amos-8, a company official said March 14.
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.
Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:39:02 +0000
Companies that are developing small launch vehicles or who provide rideshare launch services say they expect new Chinese launch vehicles to drive down launch prices, raising concerns among some of unfair competition.
Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:26:31 +0000
Pentagon official: “There are new threats that the industrial base needs to support. So what does this mean in terms of production capacity?”
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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.
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     Date Submitted:14-02-2016
     Last Modified:18-03-2016 (04:56)
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     Current job:Structural Analyst
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, ,
     KeywordsThermo-structural mechanics, FEM analysis, numerical modeling, composite materials, space systems, hermal control system design, system engineering

    Nationality: Italian – Date of birth: 10 June 1990


    I am a highly organised and professional individual. I am passionate about delivering the best results through hard work and devotion. I have great drive and a passion for science and engineering. I am fully available to travel and/or to move abroad. Reference available upon request.



    Nov 2015 - now

    CAE Structural Analyst – Apprenticeship at Brembo S.p.a

    Employed in the Design Department, Auto & Commercial Vehicles System Division.

    Main tasks: responsible in the design projects of high performance braking systems performing:

    - structural non-linear stress and fatigue analysis

    - topologic/shape optimizations

    and interfacing with testing campaigns.

    Main software packages used:

    - CAD: CatiaV5

    - FEM: MSC Marc, Altair Hypermesh, Abaqus



    Oct 2012-Sep 2015


    MSc in Space Engineering (Final grade: 109/110), Courses in English

    Politecnico di Milano, Italy

    Relevant modules: Space System Design, Heat Transfer and Thermal Analysis, Structural Dynamics and Control & Aerospace Structures, Space Propulsion and Power Systems, Aerothermodynamics, Orbital Mechanics, Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control, Telecommunication Systems, Aerospace Technologies and Materials.


    Final Dissertation: “Variable-kinematics plate elements for vibro-acoustic analysis of shunted piezoelectric structures”

    • Focus: structural mechanics, numerical modelling, innovative concepts on structures.

    • Activity: Development of an advanced Finite Element model for free, static and dynamic vibroacoustic analysis of multilayered composite smart structures embedding piezoelectric transducers.

    Sep 2009-Sep 2012

    BSc in Aerospace Engineering (Final grade: 102/110)

    Politecnico di Milano, Italy



    High School Diploma (Final Grade: 100/100)

    Liceo Scientifico F. Lussana, Bergamo (Italy)

    Subjects Concentration: Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Italian Literature, Latin



    • M. Lavagna, C. Punzi, M. Bevilacqua, V. Pesce, A. Rocchi, 'Aerial Platforms for Mars Exploration', Advanced Space Technologies for Robotics and Automation 2015, (ASTRA 2015), Proceedings, 13th ESA Symposium on

    • M. Lavagna, M. Bevilacqua, C. Punzi, A. Colagrossi, P. Vincenzo, ARMONIA: feasibility study on aerobots in martian atmosphere to enhance science return, 66th International Astronautical Congress 2015




    • Italian: Native Speaker

    • English: Fluent - Certifications: FCE, TOEIC (C1 level)

    • French: Basic














    Comsol Multiphysics




    MS Office (Excel)




    (FEM) Msc Marc




    (FEM) Altair Hyperworks




    (FEM) Abaqus




    (CAD) CatiaV5




    (CAD) Solid Works




    (CAD) Autodesk Inventor




    • Space Mission Feasibility Study, Phase A “ARMONIA: Aerial Platforms for Mars Exploration”

    (March 2014 – August 2014)

    Description: Feasibility study of a complete mission to Mars (from Launch to Disposal) intended to deliver distributed sensors on the surface and collect high resolution ground and atmosphere data flying on extended regions for prolonged period.

    Role and Deliveries: Team Leader and Thermal Engineer, design of the TCS of the orbiter segment, the entry vehicles, the ground station and the flying segment. Design of super-pressure Balloons for the aerial exploration: flight dynamics and thermodynamic numerical models.

    Skills acquired: Familiarity with ESA-ECSS standards. Extended use of Matlab, Simulink and the Simscape tool for Thermal Systems. Deep understanding of the TCS design problem in a large number of mission scenarios and acknowledgement of the active/passive thermal hardware. Improvement of problem-solving skills, both in individual and in team work, oriented toward optimization at both subsystem and system level. Fruitful experience in a multi-cultural team of eight. Ability to efficiently present the final report to an audience of Space Engineering professionals.


    • Numerical simulation of MEO Satellite Attitude Dynamics and Control

    (October 2013 – February 2014)

    Description: Numerical implementation (Matlab) of the governing models of the Attitude Dynamics of a dual spin satellite in MEO orbit for Earth Observation purposes. The study included the numerical simulation of the main sources of orbital and attitude perturbation and the implementation of the use of sensors and actuators in the aim of designing an efficient system for the attitude determination and control.




    2007 - 2014

    Master of Music Degree (Final Grade: 10/10 with honours)

    Music Conservatory “Gaetano Donizetti” of Bergamo, Italy



    • Professional Orchestra Member: The musical studies gave me the possibility to be chosen to work in several professional Italian and foreign orchestras.

    • Soloist musical performances: The devotion and hard work I put in studying the Double bass gave me the opportunity to perform as a soloist in several musical events.

    • Basketball: I played for twelve years in a regional-level basketball team.

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