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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:36:00 +0100
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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:19:00 +0100
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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:47:00 +0100
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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:33:00 +0100
Arianespace’s second Ariane 5 launch of 2017 has been rescheduled for March 23, as continuation of the social movement in French Guiana has prevented today’s transfer of the heavy-lift vehicle to its ELA-3 launch zone. If the situation permits, the mission – designated Flight VA236 in Arianespace’s numbering system – will lift off on March 23 as early as possible within the following window: Between 4:31 p.m. and 7:20 p.m., Washington D.C. time Between ...
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:30:00 +0100
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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 22:21:00 +0100
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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:57:00 +0100
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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:02:00 +0100
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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:01:00 +0100
Arianespace’s dual-payload mission to orbit telecommunications satellites for Brazil and South Korea has been given the go-ahead for a March 21 liftoff from the Spaceport in French Guiana, carrying the SGDC and KOREASAT-7 relay platforms. The approval came at the completion of today’s Launch Readiness Review, which confirmed the “go” status of Ariane 5, its two payloads, the Spaceport launch infrastructure and the network of flight trajectory tracking stations. Th...
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 02:45:00 +0100
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying the ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-9) satellite for the United States Air Force lifted off from Space Launch Complex-37 on March 18 at 8:18 p.m. EDT. "This launch commemorates the 70th anniversary of the USAF." said Laura Maginnis, ULA vice president of Government Satellite Launch. "We are absolutely honored to play a role in this important milestone, while safely delivering WGS-9 to orbit." This mission was launched aboard a Delta...
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 02:42:00 +0100
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Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:14:00 +0100
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Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:00:00 +0100
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Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:00:00 +0100
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Thu, 16 Mar 2017 08:28:00 +0100
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Thu, 16 Mar 2017 08:17:00 +0100
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Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:36:00 +0100
Just over a week after being lofted into orbit, the European Union's Sentinel-2B satellite delivered its first images of Earth, offering a glimpse of the 'colour vision' it will provide for the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme. With a swath width of 290 km, the satellite's first acquisition began over the Baltic Sea and made a strip-like observation through eastern Europe, ending in northern Libya. The data were relayed in real time to the Matera ground station in Italy, where...
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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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