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Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:37:00 +0100
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Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:08:00 +0100
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Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:05:00 +0100
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Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:00:00 +0100
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Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:55:00 +0100
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Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:15:00 +0100
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Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:09:00 +0100
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Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0100
The MASCARA (Multi-site All-Sky CAmeRA) station at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile has achieved first light. This new facility will seek out transiting exoplanets as they pass in front of their bright parent stars and create a catalogue of targets for future exoplanet characterisation observations. In June 2016, ESO reached an agreement with Leiden University to site a station of MASCARA at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile, taking advantage of the excellent observing conditions of the ...
Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:35:00 +0100
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Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:27:00 +0100
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Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:00:00 +0100
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced that it selected United Launch Alliance's (ULA's) commercially developed Atlas V rocket to launch the first two missions of its Dream Chaser cargo system in support of NASA's Cargo Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) contract. "ULA is pleased to partner with Sierra Nevada Corporation to launch its Dream Chaser cargo system to the International Space Station in less than three years," said Gary Wentz, ULA vice president of Human and Commercial Systems. "We reco...
Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:56:00 +0100
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Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:20:00 +0100
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Mon, 17 Jul 2017 08:37:00 +0100
Images of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot reveal a tangle of dark, veinous clouds weaving their way through a massive crimson oval. The JunoCam imager aboard NASA's Juno mission snapped pics of the most iconic feature of the solar system’s largest planetary inhabitant during its Monday (July 10) flyby. The images of the Great Red Spot were downlinked from the spacecraft’s memory on Tuesday and placed on the mission’s JunoCam website Wednesday morning. “For hundred...
Fri, 14 Jul 2017 20:37:00 +0100
The Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) announced today the successful launch of two Norwegian microsatellites developed and built by SFL for the Norwegian Space Centre with support from the Norwegian Coastal Authority, Space Norway, and the European Space Agency. The Soyuz-2.1a rocket carrying the satellites into orbit launched from Baikonur at 06:36:49 UTC Friday 14 July 2017. Shortly after launch both satellites were contacted from ground stations in Svalbard and Vardo, Norway. Both satellites a...
Thu, 13 Jul 2017 16:24:00 +0100
The final days of the LISA Pathfinder mission are some of the busiest, as controllers make final tests and get ready to switch off the gravitational pioneer next Tuesday. Following 16 months of scientific effort, LISA Pathfinder completed its main mission on 30 June, having demonstrated the technology needed to operate ESA's future LISA space observatory to study gravitational waves - ripples in spacetime predicted by Albert Einstein in his General Theory of Relativity. The LISA mission wi...
Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 12 Jul 2017 10:23:00 +0100
NASA's Juno mission completed a close flyby of Jupiter and its Great Red Spot on July 10, during its sixth science orbit. All of Juno's science instruments and the spacecraft's JunoCam were operating during the flyby, collecting data that are now being returned to Earth. Juno's next close flyby of Jupiter will occur on Sept. 1. Raw images from the spacecraft’s latest flyby will be posted in coming days. "For generations people from all over the world and all...
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     Date Submitted:06-12-2016
     Last Modified:28-12-2016 (03:58)
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     Current job:Junior Aerospace Engineer
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     Job location:Anywhere
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     KeywordsAerothermodynamics modelling, Radiation Shielding designer, Space System Analyst
    CV

    Personal statement:  I’m a junior and highly motivated Aerospace Engineer. I have already been involved in several engineering projects with different student teams and different international contexts. I’m looking for the opportunity to prove my skills and extend my engineering knowledge.

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    Education: 

    Sept. 2014 –Nov. 2016  MSc in Aerospace and Astronautical Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy. Career:Space

    March 2016 –Sept. 2016 Visiting Scholar, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. Specialized in aerothermodynamics modelling

    Sept. 2011 - July 2014   BSc in Aerospace Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy.

    Sept. 2006 – July 2011  Scientific Secondary School level qualification, Liceo Scientifico Giovanni Marinelli, Udine, Italy.

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    Msc thesis:

    Title: Low-fidelity modelling for aerothermal characteristics of re-entry objects

    Supervisors: Prof. Nicole Viola (Politecnico di Torino, Italy) & Eng. Edmondo Minisci (University of Strathclyde, UK)

    Description: This thesis aims to explain the development a low-fidelity tool capable of evaluating the aerodynamic and aerothermal characteristics for the atmospheric reentry of a hypersonic object within extremely low CPU time and acceptable margin of error.

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    Bachelor thesis:

    Title: Nuclear Electric Propulsion Space Vehicles for Mars Missions

    Supervisor: Prof. Giancarlo Genta (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)

    Description: This work aims to present the main typologies of Electric thrusters, compatible with the N.E.P., which could be used for a Human mission towards Mars. Past, current and ongoing Martian mission projects based on NEP have also been investigated.

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    Experience

    March 2016- Sept. 2016                 Aerodynamic/Aerothermal Analyst, Software developer

    Centre for Future Air-Space Transportation Technology, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (UK)

    During my period as visiting student at University of Strathclyde, I developed my MSc thesis by working at the cFASTT research Centre. I was involved in the development of 2.0 version of FOSTRAD aerodynamic/aerothermal module, which is a low-fidelity tool, capable of predicting the hypersonic atmospheric re-entry of a space object through all flow regimes.

    Oct. 2015 – Sept. 2016                 Radiation Shielding designer, Mission Cost analyst

    FATO Mars Team, Politecnico di Torino, Torino (Italy)

    The team was born to participate in Gemini Mars Design Competition, promoted by the Mars Society. I was responsible for the Spacecraft radiation shielding design and mission cost analysis. I was also involved in the Spacecraft ECLSS sizing and design.

    Oct. 2012 – July 2014                 CAD designer, CAE analyst

    Team DIANA, Politecnico di Torino, Torino (Italy)

    The team was born to represent the university in the AMALIA project (Google Lunar XPRIZE). Its research fields are space robotics and mechanical rover design. My role was to design the mechanical system deployment of the mast subsystem of the test-rover DIANA (3.0 version) and to design the chassis for the rover that will be part of University Rover Challenge international contest.

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    CONFERENCES,PUBLICATIONS, AWARDS

    Stardust Final Conference on Asteroids and Space Debris, ESTEC, 31st Oct. – 3rd Nov. 2016, Noordwijk, (Netherlands).

    -Low-fidelity modelling for aerodynamic characteristics of re-entry objects - G. Benedetti, N. Viola, E. Minisci, A. Falchi, M. Vasile

    67th International Astronautical Conference IAC 2016, Sept., 26-30 2016, Guadalajara (Mexico).

    -Preliminary Analysis and Design for an End-to-End Mars Flyby Manned Mission – G. Benedetti, E. Garofalo, F. Marino, L. Mascolo, D. Riccobono

    19th Annual International Mars Society Convention, Sept. 22-25 2016, Washington D.C. (U.S.).

    -Awarded with the 5th place in the International Gemini Mars Competition with FATO Mars Team

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    Computer skills

    Programming languages: C, Matlab

     

    CAD/FEM: DS Solidworks, MSC Patran/Nastran

     

    Modelling: Matlab Simulink, MSC ADAMS

    Aerodynamic/Aerothermal modelling: FOSTRAD, FOSTRAD 2.0

     

    Miscellaneous: Microsoft Office, Blender, MUL2

     

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    Languages

     

    Listening

    Reading

    Speaking

    Writing

    ITALIAN

    C2

    C2

    C2

    C2

    Mother tongue

    ENGLISH

    C1

    C1

    B2

    B2

    First Certificate in English (FCE), University of Cambridge

    GERMAN

    B1

    B1

    B1

    B1

    Zertifikat Deutsch, Goethe Institut

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    Communication - organisational skills

    My communication skills have greatly improved both through my oral presentations of my publications and through my university projects and courses.

    I have good critical and reasoning capability, which allows me to face life problems in a calm and rational way. I gladly participate in group projects, especially if I have to work with motivated and competent people. I think that my participation in these groups has always been very positive for my personal growth and for people who have collaborated with me.

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    Interests

    - Astronautics and Space exploration

    - History

    - Science and Technology

    - Reading

    - Amateur astronomy

    - Philately and Numismatics

    - Fencing, Archery, Caraibic Dance

    - Cooking

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    Other

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