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Candidate Profile
 Date Submitted:13-05-2013
 Last Modified:19-05-2013 (05:50)
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 Current job:Research Fellow in Mission Design, Advanced Concepts Team, ESA-ESTEC
 Employment Term:Temp/Contract
 Job location:Anywhere
 Date available:>3months
 Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
 Keywordsastrodynamics; flight dynamics; space mission design; trajectory optimisation and control; applied mathematics; dynamical systems theory; formation flying;
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CURRENT POSITION

Research Fellow in Astrodynamics and Mission Design                                  6/2012-Present

Advanced Concepts Team, European Space Agency (ESA-ESTEC), The Netherlands                                                      

 

EDUCATION

Doctorate of Philosophy, Aeronautics and Astronautics                                               5/2012

Purdue University, IN                                                                                               GPA: 4.0/4.0

Dissertation: “Exploration of the Region near the Sun-Earth Collinear Libration Points for the Control of Large Formations.”

Major: Astrodynamics and Mission Design               

Minor: Dynamics and Control

Advisor: Dr. Kathleen C. Howell

 

Master of Science, Aeronautics and Astronautics                                                          6/2007

University of Washington, WA                                                                                GPA: 3.82/4.0

Thesis: “Study of a Formation Flying on a Halo Orbit near the L2 Lagrangian Point of the Sun-Earth System.”

Major: Dynamics and Control                       

Advisor: Dr. Mehran Mesbahi

 

Engineering Diploma, Aeronautical Systems                                                                 6/2006

National School of Civil Aviation (ENAC), France

Major: Satellite-based Communication, Navigation and Surveillance

 

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

·         Astrodynamics and Space Mission Design

·         Trajectory Control and Optimization

·         Applied Mathematics and Dynamical Systems Theory

·         Spacecraft Formation Flying

 

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Research Fellow in Astrodynamics and Mission Design                                  6/2012-Present

Advanced Concepts Team, European Space Agency (ESA-ESTEC), The Netherlands

·         Implemented global optimization techniques for multiple gravity-assist interplanetary trajectories with low-thrust controllers and impulsive maneuvers (mga-1dsm) using the Keplerian toolbox, PyKEP (with the Sims-Flanagan module),  in association with PyGMO (Parallel Global Multi-objective Optimizer).

·         Investigated low-energy resonant transfers between planetary moons using surfaces of sections (multi-body dynamics).

 

Ariadna Program:                                                                                             10/2012-Present

ESA program in cooperation with universities to work on interdisciplinary projects

Advanced Concepts Team, European Space Agency (ESA-ESTEC), The Netherlands

·         Explored low-energy transfers via resonant gravity-assists using Keplerian maps. 

·         Proposed an interdisciplinary research project to use computer vision algorithms to detect features in maps for resonant transfers in the Jupiter system.

Ariadna proposal: “Automatic Extraction and Characterization of Structures in Area-Preserving Maps.”

 

Global Trajectory Optimization Competition: GTOC6                                 9/2012-10/2012

International competition aims to solve a global optimization problem

Advanced Concepts Team, European Space Agency (ESA-ESTEC), The Netherlands

Team 6: ESA-ACT + Honk Kong University of Science and Technology (Rank: 2nd).

·         Developed evolutionary techniques to solve a multiple gravity-assist global optimization problem using low-thrust controllers and impulsive maneuvers.

Problem statement:Global mapping of Galilean moons.

 

Research Assistant, Multi-Body Dynamics Research Group                         8/2008 - 5/2012

Purdue University, IN

Advisor: Dr. Kathleen C. Howell

·         Explored natural dynamics in multi-body regimes, particularly the libration point regions (periodic and quasi-periodic orbits, unstable and stable manifolds).

·         Investigated the relative motion of multiple spacecraft placed at a large distance from each other (large formation flying).

·         Designed trajectories in multi-body regimes using low-thrust controllers as well as impulsive maneuvers.

 

Research Assistant, Distributed Space Systems Lab                                     9/2006 - 6/2008

University of Washington, WA

Advisor: Dr. Mehran Mesbahi

·         Investigated diverse control strategies for formation flying including linear quadratic regulators, nonlinear optimal controllers and Lyapunov controllers.

·         Acquired knowledge in distributed space systems and network theory.

 

Summer Space Science Program                                                                                     8/2009

Alpbach, Austria                              

Organized by the Aeronautics and Space Agency of Austria and European Space Agency

·         Worked in an international environment to design in team an innovative mission concept aiming to increase our knowledge of extra solar planets. 

Mission design: Study to place an astrophysical observatory in an orbit near the Sun-Earth/Moon L2 libration point.

 

Graduate Research Project                                                                               9/2005 - 6/2006

University of Washington, WA                     

·         Investigated spacecraft dynamics and control system theory.

·         Developed an integrated navigation system INS/GPS.

Research project: Formulation and simulation of an integrated navigation system INS/GPS.

 

Undergraduate Research Project                                                                   12/2004 - 6/2005

National School of Civil Aviation, France

·         Acquired knowledge in electronic systems of communication, navigation and surveillance.

·         Investigated GPS signals in indoor area.

Research project: Identification and suppression of intercorrelation of GPS signals in the indoor area.

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

Journal Publications

·         Héritier, A., Howell, K. C., “Dynamical Evolution of Natural Formations in Libration Point Orbits in a Multi-Body Regime,” Acta Astronautica (submitted).

 

·         Héritier, A., Howell, K. C., “Natural Formation in the Restricted Three-Body Problem: an  Application for Formation Flight near Libration Points,” Journal of Advances in Space Research (submitted).

 

·         Héritier, A., Howell, K. C., “Natural Regions near the Sun-Earth Libration Points Advantageous for Space Observations with Large Formations,” Journal of the Astronautical Sciences (submitted).

 

Conference Papers

·         Héritier, A., Howell, K. C., “Dynamical Evolution of Natural Formations in Libration Point Orbits in a Multi-Body Regime,” 7th International Workshop on Satellite Constellations and Formation Flying, Lisbon, Portugal, March 2013 (recommended for publication in the Special Issue of Acta Astronautica).

 

·         Izzo, D., Simoes, L. F., Yam, C. H., Martens, M., Héritier, A., De Croon, G.,“Search for a Grand Tour of the Jupiter Galilean Moons,” Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 2013 (accepted, nominated for best paper award).

 

·         Izzo, D., Luis, Simoes, L. F., Martens, M., De Croon, G.,Héritier, A., Yam, C. H., So, T. Y., Chu, K. C., Leung, K. Y., Heimonen, H., Chan, K. L., Wong, K. Y. M., “6th Global Trajectory Optimisation Competition: Results of Team 6,” 23rd International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics,Pasadena, California, October 2012.

 

·         Héritier, A., Howell, K. C., “Regions near the Libration Points Suitable to Maintain Multiple Spacecraft,” AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialists Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 2012. Paper No. AIAA 2012-4666.

 

·         Héritier, A., Howell, K. C., “Natural Regions near the Sun-Earth Libration Points Suitable for Space Observations with Large Formations,” AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialists Conference, Girdwood, Alaska, August 2011. Paper No. AAS-11-493.

 

Theses and Dissertations

·         Héritier, A., “Exploration of the Region near the Sun-Earth Collinear Libration Points for the Control of Large Formations,” Ph.D. Dissertation, Purdue University, Indiana, May 2012.

 

  • Héritier, A.,“Study of a Formation Flying on a Halo Orbit near the L2 Lagrangian Point of the Sun-Earth System.” M.S.A.A Thesis, University of Washington, Washington, June 2007.

 

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Teaching Assistant, Engineering Education                                                    9/2011 - 5/2012

Purdue University, IN

·         Developed lesson plans, homework and exams for first-year engineering students.

 

Lead Teaching Assistant, Aeronautics and Astronautics                             8/2008 - 12/2011

Purdue University, IN

·         Coordinated teaching team, graduate TAs and graders for two classes.

·         Helped sophomore students during office hours.

 

Lab Instructor, Astronomy                                                                               9/2007 - 6/2008

University of Washington, WA

·         Taught lab sessions twice a week for approximately 60 freshmen students.

·         Developed lesson plans for the lab sessions.

·         Graded 60 copies per week.

·         Helped students during office hours.

 

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Aeronautics and Astronautics                       9/2006 - 6/2007

University of Washington, WA

·         Graded 20 copies per week.

·         Helped graduate students during office hours.

 

 

PRESENTATIONS

ESA-ESTEC Advanced Concepts Team Science Coffee                                              4/2013

Noordwijk, The Netherlands

·         Presentation: “The Circular Restricted Three-Body Problem and its Application to Low-Energy Transfers.”

 

7th International Workshop on Satellite Constellations and Formation Flying           3/2013

Lisbon, Portugal

·         Presentation of the conference paper:

Héritier, A.,Howell, K. C., “Dynamical Evolution of Natural Formations in Libration Point Orbits in a Multi-Body Regime,” 7th International Workshop on Satellite Constellations and Formation Flying, Lisbon, Portugal, March 2013

 

AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialists Conference                                                       8/2012

Minneapolis, MN

·         Presentation of the conference paper:

Héritier, A., Howell, K. C., “Regions near the Libration Points Suitable to Maintain Multiple Spacecraft,” AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialists Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 2012. Paper No. AIAA 2012-4666.

 

ESA-ESTEC Advanced Concepts Team Science Coffee                                              7/2012

Noordwijk, The Netherlands

·         Presentation: “Regions near the Libration Points Suitable to Maintain Multiple Spacecraft.”

 

AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialists Conference                                                       8/2011

Girdwood, AL

·         Presentation of the conference paper:

Héritier, A., Howell, K. C., “Natural Regions near the Sun-Earth Libration Points Suitable for Space Observations with Large Formations,” AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialists Conference, Girdwood, Alaska, August 2011. Paper No. AAS-11-493.

 

Graduate Student Roundtable                                                                                        4/2011

Purdue University, IN

·         Research presentation for Mark Adler, Chief Engineer of JPL's Strategic Planning and Project Formulation Office, and Project Manager for the Supersonic
Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator technology development.

 

 

COMPUTER SKILLS

Softwares:

Python                                                                                                                    2012 - Present

·         Keplerian toolbox (PyKEP)

·         Parallel Global Multiobjective Optimizer (PyGMO)

Matlab/Simulink                                                                                                    2003 - Present

Satellite Tool Kit (STK astrogator)                                                                     2008 - Present

 

OS and programming languages:

C++, Fortran                                                                                                             2011-Present

Unix/Linux, MS/Windows                                                                                      2008-Present

Latex                                                                                                                          2008-Present

 

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

First Training School of the Astrodynamics European Network                                 1/2013

Rome ''Tor Vergata'' University, Italy

·         Attended lectures on space manifold dynamics, the astrodynamics on small bodies, attitude and orbit control and symbolic manipulation in celestial mechanics.

Workshop theme: “Astrodynamics of natural and artificial satellites: from regular to chaotic motions.”

 

Preparing Future Faculty (GRAD 590B)                                                          1/2012-5/2012

Purdue University, IN

·         Explored faculty roles, responsibilities, and development opportunities at different types of higher education institutions.

 

Professional Meeting                                                                                                         6/2009      

Chicago, IL

Organized by the European Aeronautical Defense and Space Company

·         Interacted with professionals from EADS Astrium.

 

Logistic Intern                                                                                                                   4/2005

Maped Suzhou, China

·         Performed an audit for a better control of the production.

·         Participated in developing a strategy to assure better stock turnovers.

 

 

VOLUNTEER WORK and ACTIVITIES

Reviewer for the Journal of Aerospace Engineering                                                    4/2013

(Proceedings of the Institution of  Mechanical Engineers, Part G)                                               

Member of the international student organization ‘Friends of Europe’              2008 - 2012

Purdue University, IN        

Member of the international student organization ‘FIUTS’                                 2005 - 2007

University of Washington, WA                                                

Member of Women in Engineering Graduate Mentoring Program (GMP)       2008 - 2012

Purdue University, IN                        

Organizer of a sport tournament between all the French aeronautics schools               2004

(TGEA: Tournoi des Grandes Ecoles d’Aéronautiques)

National School of Civil Aviation, France               

Club Affiliations at the European Space Agency (ESA-ESTEC)                                2012 - Present

·         CubeSat Club

·         Wine Tasting Club

·         Soccer Club

·         Squash Club

Half marathon runner                                                                                          2008 - Present

 

 

AWARDS

Summer Research Grant, Purdue University, IN                                                              2010

The Ruth C. Hertzberg Research Award, University of Washington, WA                       2006                 

     

MEMBERSHIPS

American Astronautical Society (AAS)                                                               2011 - Present

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)                         2011 - Present

 

 

LANGUAGES

English:          Fluent

French:           Fluent

 

 

References available upon request


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