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    PhD Candidate

    Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

     

    EDUCATION

     

    Ph.D.

    Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

    Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

    Research focus: High-power electric space tug sizing and integrated design and validation of real-time predictive control strategies (robust and stochastic) for automated rendezvous maneuvers in elliptic orbits.

    Advisors: Giorgio Guglieri, Nicole Viola

    Nov 2015 –

    Mid 2019

    M.S.

    Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

    Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

    Research focus: Design and validation of guidance and control strategies for spacecraft automated rendezvous in LEO.

    Advisors: Giorgio Guglieri, Elisa Capello

    Oct 2012 –

    Mar 2015

    B.S.

    Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

    Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

    Research focus: Optimization of the performance of hybrid rocket motors for a microgravity platform.

    Advisor: Lorenzo Casalino

    Sep 2009 –

    Oct 2012

     

    RESEARCH INTERESTS

    Automated rendezvous and docking/proximity maneuvers of spacecraft

    Developing 6 dof orbital simulator for proximity maneuvers in both Earth and Moon environment

    Designing guidance and control strategies for spacecraft attitude and relative motion control

    Classical, Robust and Stochastic Model Predictive Control

    Designing and applying linear-quadratic MPC controllers to real-time constrained systems

    Designing and applying tube-based robust MPC controllers to real-time constrained systems

    Developing an innovative offline-sampling based stochastic MPC algorithm for real-word applications involving real-time constrained systems

    Real-time and Hardware-In-the-Loop simulations

    Designing real-time tube-based robust MPC for translational and attitude control of spacecraft during rendezvous maneuvers

    Designing real-time offline sampling-based stochastic MPC for translational and attitude control of spacecraft during rendezvous maneuvers

    Designing real-time tube-based robust MPC for UAV path following applications

    Designing real-time offline sampling-based stochastic MPC for UAV path following applications

     

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    Graduate Research Fellow for ARTE project (Advanced Research Thermal passive Exchange), developed in collaboration with Argotec Srl, sponsored by ASI. Operation location : ISS inflight (Dec 2014-Aug 2015).

    Graduate Research Fellow for HEAT project (Heat Exchange pAssive Technology), developed in collaboration with Argotec Srl, Alenia Aermacchi, Università degli Studi di Torino (Dec 2014-Aug 2015).

    WPs Responsible for the spacecraft design phase (WP3100, WP3150, WP3300 and WP4110) of the project “High Power Hall Effect Thruster subsystem for space transportation and exploration” sponsored by European Space Agency under GSTP Programme, Contract 4000122232.

    Technical Responsible for the ESA Express Procurement EXPRO “Application of High Power Electric Propulsion to new Mission Scenarios: Adoption and Improvements of a Multi Input/ Multi Output Space System Design Tool”, funded by European Space Agency.

     

    Lecture Assistant of prof. Battipede Manuela at Politecnico di Torino for the Space flight mechanics class (October 2014-February 2015).

    Lecture Assistant of prof. Guglieri Giorgio at Politecnico di Torino for the Flight Simulation class (March-June 2016, March-June 2017, March-June 2018).

    Lecture Assistant of prof. Nicole Viola at Politecnico di Torino for the Space exploration systems II class (January-March 2017, November 2017-March 2018).

     

    Mentor of the four M.S. thesis:

    Electric propulsion for a cislunar space tug: preliminary sizing and investigation on mutual influences (C.A. Paissoni, 2017).

    How the Cislunar Station can support refueling of a high-power electric spacecraft for Moon-Mars cargo transfers (M. Lanza, 2018).

    How a dedicated refueling system can support a high-power electric spacecraft for Moon-Mars cargo transfers (L. Cancarini, 2018).

    Tube-based MPC for fixed-wing UAV maneuvers (F. Giuffrida, 2018).

     

    RELEVANT PROGRAMMING/SOFTWARE SKILLS

    MATLAB/Simulink

    Development of a 6 dof orbital simulator

    Modeling and Simulation for several control strategies

    Sizing framework for component-level design of electric spacecraft

    C/XC programming

    Flight simulator for Cessna 172

    SIL/PIL for UAV path following applying different real-time predictive control strategies

     

    NATIONAL and INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION

    National Research Council of Italy – Institute of Electronics, Computer and Telecommunication Engineering, Turin, Italy

    Systems & Control Technologies Group – Dr. Roberto Tempo, Dr. Fabrizio Dabbene

    Thales Alenia Space Italia, Turin, Italy

    Mission Analysis and System Design Division – Eng. Denaro, Eng. Gargioli, Eng. Massobrio

    Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California

    Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering – Professor Romano research group

    Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

    Institut für Systemtheorie und Regelungstechnik – Professor Allgöwer research group

    ESA – European Space Research and Technology Center, Noordwijk, Netherlands

    Propulsion and Aerothermodynamics Division – Electric Propulsion Section

    SITAEL SpA,Ospedaletto, Pisa, Italy

    Electric Propulsion Division

    New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA

    Aerospace Engineering Department

    Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA

    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department

     

    ABROAD ACTIVITIES

    Naval Postgraduate School – Spacecraft Robotics Laboratory, Monterey, California (Jul-Sep 2016)

    Universität Stuttgart - Institut für Systemtheorie und Regelungstechnik, Stuttgart, Germany (Dec 2016)

    ESA – European Space Research and Technology Center, Noordwijk, Netherlands (Feb-Mar 2017)

    Naval Postgraduate School – Spacecraft Robotics Laboratory, Monterey, California (Jun-Aug 2017)

     

    PUBBLICATIONS

    Journal Articles

    M. Mammarella et al. “The Lunar Space Tug: A Sustainable Bridge between Low Earth Orbits and the Cislunar Habitat”. In: Acta Astronautica 138 (2017), pp. 102–117.

    M. Mammarella et al. “How the Lunar Space Tug Can Support the Cislunar Station”. In: Acta Astronautica (2018).

    M. Mammarella et al. “Tube-Based Robust Model Predictive Control for Spacecraft Proximity Operations in the Presence of Persistent Disturbance”. In: Aerospace Science and Technology 77 (2018), pp. 585–594.

    M. Mammarella et al. “Sample-Based SMPC for Tracking Control of Fixed-Wing UAV”. In: IEEE Control Systems Letters (2018).

    M. Mammarella et al. “”. In: IEEE Transactions of Control Systems Technology (2018).

     

    Conference Proceedings

    M. Mammarella. “Guidance and Control Algorithms for Space Rendezvous and Docking Maneuvers”. In: Proceedings of Pegasus-AIAA Student Conference. 2016.

    M. Mammarella, E. Capello, and G. Guglieri. “A Comprehensive Analysis of Guidance and Control Algorithms for Orbital Rendezvous Maneuvers”. In: Proceedings of AIAA SPACE 2016. 2016.

    M. Mammarella et al. “A Sustainable Bridge between Low Earth Orbits and Cislunar Infrastructures: the Lunar Space Tug”. In: Proceedings of 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC). 2016.

    M. Mammarella et al. “How the Lunar Space Tug can Support the Cislunar Station”. In: 10th IAA Symposium on the Future of Space Exploration: Towards the Moon Village and Beyond. 2017.

    M. Mammarella et al. “Electric Propulsion for High-Power Deep Space Transportation System: Investigation on Mutual Influences and Preliminary Sizing”. In: Proceedings of 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC). 2017.

    M. Mammarella, G. Guglieri, and N. Viola. “Missions, Architectures and Technologies for a Lunar Space Tug in Support of Cislunar Infrastructures”. In: Proceedings of 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC). 2017.

    M. Mammarella et al. “The Lunar Space Tug in the Future Space Exploration Scenario”. In: Proceedings of 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC). 2017.

    M. Mammarella et al. “Spacecraft Proximity Operations Via Tube-Based Robust Model Predictive Control with Additive Disturbances”. In: Proceedings of 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC). 2017.

    M. Mammarella et al. “A General Sampling-Based SMPC Approach to Spacecraft Proximity Operations”. In: Proceedings of 56th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control 2017. 2017.

    M. Mammarella, P.M. Vernicari, and N. Viola. “Design and Cost Analysis of High-Power Solar Electric Propulsion Platforms”. In: Proceeding of Space Propulsion 2018. 2018.

    M. Mammarella et al. “Mission Scenarios for High-Power Electric Platforms”. In: Proceedings of Space Propulsion 2018. 2018.

    M. Mammarella and E. Capello. “A Robust MPC-Based Autopilot for Mini UAVs”. In: Proceedings of International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS). 2018.

    M. Mammarella, E. Capello, and G. Guglieri. “Robust Model Predictive Control for Automated Rendezvous Maneuvers in Near-Earth and Moon Proximity”. In: Proceedings of AIAA SPACE 2018. 2018.

    M. Mammarella et al. “Electric Propulsion, an Enabling Technology for the Deep Space Gateway”. In: Proceedings of AIAA SPACE 2018. 2018.

    M. Mammarella et al. “Attitude Control of a Small Spacecraft for Earth Observation via Tube-based Robust Model Predictive Control”. In: Proceedings of AIAA SPACE 2018. 2018.

    M. Mammarella et al. “How to Sustain the Deep Space Gateway with Reusable High-Power Electric Platforms”. In: Proceedings of AIAA SPACE 2018. 2018.

     

    PROFESSIONAL SERVICE (as Reviewer)

    Reviewer for Automatica, IEEE Indian Control Conference, IEEE Control System Letters, AIAA Pegasus Student Conference, Aerospace Science and Technology, IEEE American Control Conference


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