Work and Research
Mechanical and dynamic modeling of space robotic systems and articulated space structures in general
Control systems design for in-orbit missions to be performed by autonomous space robotic systems
Integrated structure/control design for autonomous spacecraft
Structure-Control interaction analysis
Optimization of space robotic systems maneuvers
Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence applied to space operations
A. Stolfi, P. Gasbarri, M. Sabatini, Impedance control of a multi-arm space robot for capturing a non-cooperative target, IAF 67th International Astronautical Congress, Guadalajara, Mexico, September 2016
A. Stolfi, M. Sabatini, P. Gasbarri, G.B. Palmerini, Analysis of rendezvous maneuvers exploiting impedance control technique, 3rd IAA Conference on Dynamics and Control of Space Systems, Moscow, Russia, May 2017
A. Stolfi, P. Gasbarri, M. Sabatini, A combined impedance-PD approach for controlling a dual-arm space manipulator in the capture of a non-cooperative target, Acta Astronautica, Vol. 139, pp. 243-253, October 2017
A. Stolfi, P. Gasbarri, M. Sabatini, Performance analysis and gains tuning procedure for a controlled space manipulator used for non-cooperative target capture operations, XXIV AIDAA International Conference, Palermo-Enna, Italy, September 2017
A. Stolfi, P. Gasbarri, M. Sabatini, Parametric analysis of a controlled deployable space manipulator used for capturing a non-cooperative satellite, IAF 68th International Astronautical Congress, Adelaide, Australia, September 2017
R. Volpe, M. Carpentiero, A. Stolfi, A small platform application for the inspection of an uncontrolled satellite, 4th IAA Conference on University Satellite Missions & CubeSat Workshop, Rome, Italy, December 2017
A. Stolfi, P. Gasbarri, M. Sabatini, A parametric analysis of a controlled deployable space manipulator for capturing a non-cooperative flexible satellite, Acta Astronautica, Vol. 148, pp. 317-326, July 2018
A. Stolfi, P. Gasbarri, M. Sabatini, Performance analysis and gains tuning procedure for a controlled space manipulator used for non-cooperative target capture operations, Aerotecnica Missili & Spazio, Vol. 97, No. 1, 2018
A. Stolfi, P. Gasbarri, M. Sabatini, Optimal in-orbit operations of a multi-degree of freedom space manipulator, IAF 69th International Astronautical Congress, Bremen, Germany, October 2018
A. Stolfi, F. Angeletti, P. Gasbarri, M. Panella, A deep learning strategy for on-orbit servicing via space robotic manipulator, XXV AIDAA International Conference, Rome, Italy, September 2019
F. Angeletti, A. Stolfi, P. Gasbarri, Learning-based control of a spacecraft with sloshing propellant, XXV AIDAA International Conference, Rome, Italy, September 2019
A. Stolfi, P. Gasbarri, A.K. Misra, A two-arm flexible space manipulator system for post-grasping manipulation operations of a passive target object, IAF 70th International Astronautical Congress, Washington D.C., USA, October 2019
A. Stolfi, F. Angeletti, P. Gasbarri, M. Panella, A deep learning strategy for on-orbit servicing via space robotic manipulator, Aerotecnica Missili & Spazio, 2019, DOI 10.1007/s42496-019-00028-z
F. Angeletti, A. Stolfi, P. Gasbarri, Learning-based Control of a Spacecraft with Sloshing Propellant, Aerotecnica Missili & Spazio, 2020, DOI 10.1007/s42496-020-00033-7
A. Stolfi, P. Gasbarri, A.K. Misra, A two-arm flexible space manipulator system for post-grasping manipulation operations of a passive target object, Acta Astronautica, Vol. 175, pp. 66-78, October 2020
Work and Research Experience
January 2020 – June 2020
PostDoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, “Sapienza” University of Rome, Rome, Italy
Fields: Dynamics and control of space manipulators for on-orbit servicing operations;
Space structures dynamic analysis.
Duties and responsibilities:
- High-fidelity dynamics and mechanical modeling of space manipulator systems
- Control-oriented modeling and control synthesis for space manipulator systems
- Autonomous on-orbit servicing missions definition and planning
- Numerical implementation and testing by means of combined use of in-house developed and commercial software tools
- Results analysis and technical reports preparation
Education and Training
November 2016 – October 2019
Ph.D. in Aeronautical and Space Engineering at Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, “Sapienza” University of Rome, Rome, Italy
Curriculum: Space Structures and Robotics
Thesis: Dynamics and control of robotic systems for on-orbit objects manipulation
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Paolo Gasbarri
Thesis Content: The thesis work focuses on the analysis of the different mission phases involved in autonomous on-orbit operations to be performed by space manipulator systems on a class of cooperative and non-cooperative target objects. Dynamics modeling and control design are carried out and numerical simulations are conducted.
July 2018 – December 2018
Graduate Research Trainee in the field of Space Robotics at Department of Mechanical Engineering, McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada
October 2011 – October 2016
Master’s Degree in Space Engineering at “Sapienza” University of Rome, Rome, Italy with the final grade of 110/110 cum laude.
Curriculum: Launchers and Space Missions
Thesis: Design of an impedance control of a multi-arm space manipulator for capturing a non-cooperative target
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Paolo Gasbarri
Thesis Content: The thesis work focuses on the development and numerical simulation of a space manipulator system and a target object dynamic model together with a suitable control strategy aimed at maintaining a stable contact between the manipulator endpoint(s) and the target object after the first contact has occurred.
October 2007 – March 2011
Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering at “Sapienza” University of Rome, Rome, Italy with the final grade of 105/110.
Thesis: One-dimensional models of Electro-Active Polymers
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Paola Nardinocchi
Thesis Content: The thesis work focuses on the development and numerical simulation of one-dimensional models of Electro-Active Polymers that take into consideration the characteristic multi-physics of these materials.
Mother languages: ENGLISH, ITALIAN
Good organizational and managing of consistent work loads with attention to work schedules skills, gained during university studies
Good team-working skills gained in the frame of group projects developed during university studies
Excellent problem-solving skills and high autonomy and adaptivity in performing assigned tasks
Good command of Microsoft Office suite (word processor, spread sheet, presentation software)
Good command of LaTeX suite
Good command of Matlab and Simulink software gained during university studies
Basic knowledge of Fortran programming language gained during university studies
Good command of commercial advanced software for structural, multidisciplinary and multibody systems design and analysis (MSC Patran, MSC Nastran, MSC Adams, Adina, Comsol Multiphysics) gained during university studies
Solaris: Preliminary system design of a satellite that exploits solar radiation pressure in order to control its attitude – “Sapienza” University of Rome, Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering, Master's Degree Course in Space Engineering (2012)
Structures experimental testing, experimental data collection, handling, processing and analysis at the Structures Experimental Laboratory, “Sapienza” University of Rome, Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering, Bachelor’s Degree Course in Aerospace Engineering (03/2010 – 05/2010)
Peer reviewer for Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, IEEE Access, International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, Acta Astronautica
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