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     Date Submitted:01-02-2019
     Last Modified:01-02-2019 (09:31)
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     Current job:Research Fellow
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
     KeywordsSystems engineering, Computer-Vision, Test and Validation

    Space Engineer


    November 2016              Present

     Field of Work

    Politecnico di Milano

    Research Fellow

    Software development and experimental validation of Vision Based algorithms for spacecraft autonomous navigation, robotics applied to space exploration and embedded structures for space systems control

    From 2006 to 2007         

    Tiellecom s.r.l.

    Logistic and sales support in the family’s phone shop

    Occasional work


    Private lessons of Maths, Physics and English given across the university years


    From 2013 to 2016

    Master of Science in Space Engineering

    Politecnico di Milano

    Grade 104/110


    Vision Based Navigation for Autonomous Planetary Landing 

    Advisor: Prof. Michèle Lavagna

    From 2010 to 2013

    Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering

    Politecnico di Milano

    Grade 87/110

    From 2005 to 2010

    Diploma in Aeronautics: Air Navigation specialization

    Technical Institute J.C. Maxwell

    Grade 77/100



    Space Mission: HERMES – Technological Pathfinder

    Technological demonstration mission in collaboration with Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF) and Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI), consisting in the launch of a 3U CubeSat in Low Earth Orbit. Spacecraft payload is a dedicated sensor for Gamma-Ray Bursts detection working as part of a constellation.

    Managed activities: Structure subsystem, configuration, progress meetings, technical documentation.

    VINAG: Vision/INS Integrated Navigation Assisted by GNSS

    Project in collaboration with TSD-Space and Università di Napoli Federico II, funded by ASI, for the development of an integrated navigation system combining Vision/INS/GNSS for proximity operations in GEO/LEO orbits.

    Managed activities: Responsible of the validation and test campaign made on the Vision-Based SW.

    ESA GLXP-LT: Google Lunar X Prize Lander Technology

    ESA funded project for the development of a robotic facility for the validation and testing of Vision-Based GNC algorithms for Lunar landing. The facility has been developed from scratch both from the hardware and software point of view for calibration and testing. A full HW & SW test campaign in collaboration with TSD-Space has been performed for the facility final review.

    Managed activities: HW & SW development and calibration, technical reviews and documentation.

    PROTEO:  Adjustable mandrel for X-ray optics integration

    Development from scratch of an actuable mandrel for X-Ray telescope optics integration exploiting the “Cold Slumping Glass” technique. Project funded by ASI and developed in collaboration with Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (INAF-OAB).

    Phase A - Space mission design: ENEA (Exploring Near Earth Asteroids)

    Feasibility study of a deep space exploration mission towards a near Earth triple asteroid system.

    Managed activities: AOCS subsystem, Operations.


    Paolo Lunghi, Luca Losi, Vincenzo Pesce, Michèle Lavagna “Ground testing of vision-based GNC systems by means of a new experimental facility” 1-5 October, 2018, 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Bremen, Germany

    Luca Losi, Michèle Lavagna “Vision based navigation for autonomous planetary landing” 28-29 September, 2017, 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Adelaide, Australia

    Paolo Lunghi, Luca Losi, Marco Ciarambino, Michèle Lavagna “A new ground facility for experimental testing of vision-based autonomous planetary landing” 28-29 September, 2017, 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Adelaide, Australia

    Luca Losi, Vincenzo Pesce, Michèle Lavagna “Vision Based state estimation of an uncooperative space object” 28-29 September, 2017, 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Adelaide, Australia

    Marco Ciarambino, Paolo Lunghi, Luca Losi, Michèle Lavagna “Advancements of Vision-Based autonomous planetary landing systems and preliminary testing by means of a new dedicated experimental facility” ASTRA 2017: 14th Symposium on Advanced Space Technologies in Robotics and Automation 20-22 June, 2017, Scheltema, Leiden, the Netherlands

    Vincenzo Pesce, Luca Losi, Michèle Lavagna “Vision-Based algorithm and robust filtering for state estimation of an uncooperative object in space” ASTRA 2017: 14th Symposium on Advanced Space Technologies in Robotics and Automation 20-22 June, 2017, Scheltema, Leiden, the Netherlands

    Marco Ciarambino, Paolo Lunghi, Luca Losi, Michèle Lavagna “A new experimental facility for testing of Vision-Based GNC algorithms for planetary landing” GNC 2017: 10th International ESA conference on Guidance, Navigation & Control systems May 29, 2017, Salzburg, Austria

    Marco Ciarambino, Paolo Lunghi, Luca Losi, Michèle Lavagna “Development, Validation and Test of Optical Based Algorithms for Autonomous Planetary Landing” 6th International Conference on Astrodynamics Tools and Techniques (ICATT), 14-17 March 2016, Darmstadt, Germany


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    Simulink         LaTex

    OpenCV       Micorsoft Office




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    TOEIC 870/990 (C1 Level)


    Cambridge FIRST certificate in English (B2 Level)



    Owner of ultralight aircraft pilot license

    Basketball player at agonistic level

    Skateboard, snowboard, surf and motocross lover


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