- February 28, 2024
Interested in contributing to the future of Space Autonomous Rendezvous? One PhD position open on “Efficient and Robust Guidance Navigation and Control Algorithms for a Rendezvous Technology Demonstration in Low Earth Orbit”.
- January 23, 2024
Francesca is a new PhD candidate at Politecnico di Milano. She will mainly work on fragmentation reconstruction in any orbital region for the long and short term.
- January 22, 2024
Wiebke recently started her PhD at Politecnico di Milano. She will investigate the density based model of the global space debris population. In particular she will focus on including uncertainties.
Seminar on AI Technologies and Simulation Tools for SSA by Captain Jacqueline Smith and Captain Tory Smith from MITJanuary 19, 2024
This seminar introduces research topics from MIT’s Astrodynamics, Space Robotics, and Controls Lab and the Space Enabled research group. Topics will cover: multi-agent reinforcement learning approaches for scalable ground-based sensor tasking; modeling the population evolution of lethal non-trackable objects in LEO using the MIT Orbital Capacity Tool; comparison of simulated data using the NASA Standard ...
- January 19, 2024
Yifan recently started her PhD at Politecnico di Milano. She will mainly work on resource allocation and optimization.
- January 18, 2024
Mathilda is a new PhD candidate in Politecnico di Milano. During her 3 years period he will mainly work on end-of-life disposal design for spacecrafts operating in the cislunar space.
- January 17, 2024
Eduardo is a new PhD candidate in Politecnico di Milano. During his 3 years period he will mainly work on collision avoidance manoeuvres and re-entry predictions.
- January 15, 2024
The new paper by our Andrea Muciaccia and Camilla Colombo in collaboration with the SPIRE group of DAER, ASI and INAF, presents the work done in terms of observation, monitoring and reconstruction of the Cosmos 1408 fragmentation occurred on the 15th November 2021. Check it out at: link
- January 12, 2024
Interested in contributing to the future of Space Traffic Management? Two Postdoc positions open on “Techniques and software development for Space Situational Awareness and Space Traffic management”.
- November 13, 2023
SpEye CubeSat mission goes on, phase A reviews successfully passed!
- September 22, 2023
Il 22, 23 e 24 settembre si terrà il festival dell’ingegneria presso il Politecnico di Milano – Campus Milano Bovisa. Veniteci a trovare al nostro laboratorio su “Orbite e satelliti per salvaguardare il nostro pianeta” e alla lezione per tutti i bambini su come Lo Spazio per noi e per lo studio dei cambiamenti climatici.
- June 19, 2023
Check out the new JGCD journal article by Francesca Scala, Ioannis Gkolias and Camilla Colombo on the analytical trajectory design for distant planetary orbiters using the Hamiltonian phase space.
- May 29, 2023
Francesca Scala successfully defended her PhD thesis “Multiple satellites formation flying for earth observation applications in low Earth orbit” at Politecnico di Milano, to be awarded the doctoral degree in Aerospace Engineering.
- May 11, 2023
Politecnico di Milano will host the “Space capacity allocation for the sustainability of space activities” workshop on 6th to 8th June: open to researchers, space operators and regulators to discuss on space sustainability and space capacity management. Register by 18/05/2023. here.
- May 1, 2023
The new paper published by Lorenzo Giudici, Mirko Trisolini and Camilla Colombo presents a fully probabilistic model for the long-term propagation of space debris clouds evolving under any orbital regime. The paper is available at the following link: here.
- May 1, 2023
Last week, our Giacomo and Andrea attended the 3rd Aerospace PhD Days organised by AIDAA, and held in Bertinoro, presenting the work of their PhD research. The conference was an excellent opportunity to get to know, share and discuss with PhD students from other universities working in the aerospace fileds.
- April 28, 2023
Are you curious about the modelling of a distributed L-band radiometer and its link to relative motion? Last week Cristina Erbeia presented her thesis work, developed under the supervision of our Camilla Colombo and Francesca Scala, at the Pegasus Student Conference 2023 in Rome.
- April 24, 2023
The new paper published in IEEE TGRS by Manuel Martin-Neira and co-authored by Francesca Scala, Camilla Colombo, ESA and Airbus D&S proposes an innovative mission concept, TriHex, to achieve high spatial and radiometric resolution for passive L-band application, approaching user needs beyond SMOS and SMAP missions. The paper is available for early access at the following link: here.
- March 24, 2023
The new paper published in MDPI Aerospace by Francesco Salmaso, Mirko Trisolini, and Camilla Colombo applies Deep Learning and Recurrent Neural Network to the prediction of the re-entry time of uncontrolled space objects. The paper is freely available at this link.
- March 21, 2023
Marco Nugnes successfully defended hid PhD thesis “Design of low-thrust trajectories through differential dynamic programming enhancing the effects of orbital perturbations” at Politecnico di Milano, to be awarded the degree of Doctor.
- March 20, 2023
Ph.D. student Andrea presented our work on space sustainability at the 9th Space Traffic Management Conference in Austin, Texas.
- March 1, 2023
COMPASS Group, within Politecnico di Milano, participated to the opening ceremony of the exhibition ‘Looking Beyond’, in Milan on the 27th February. Resulting from the collaboration of IAF, AIDAA, ASI, Telespazio and MAECI, the exposition promotes the 75th IAC, that will be held in Milan in 2024.
- February 24, 2023
Check out this new article on perturbation methods for hyperbolic flybys! Prof. Martin Lara, Alessandro Masat, and Camilla Colombo propose an analytical approach to study the effect of a planet’s oblateness on the trajectory of close encounters.
Xiaodong Lu at I-CELMEC Conference “New frontiers of Celestial Mechanics: theory and applications” in PadovaFebruary 21, 2023
How to deorbit spacecrafts efficiently to guarantee the sustainability of the space environment? Last week Xiaodong Lu presented an approach to design the end-of-life disposal for spacecrafts at I-CELMEC Conference.
- February 7, 2023
We are hiring! New junior researcher position at @compass @aerospacepolimi with application deadline on 17/02/2023 on the design of transfer trajectories in the three-body problem of the Earth-Moon system and the Sun-Earth system and the dynamics of orbits under the effects of solar radiation pressure. Link to the position: research grants polimi
- February 2, 2023
How can we guarantee the long-term sustainability of the constellation? One of the solution is represented by the development of active debris removal and servicing activities for the constellation fleet. The new paper published in Acta Astronautica by @Giacomo Borelli, @Gabriella Gaias, @Camilla Colombo presents a design of the rendezvous and proximity operations required for an active debris removal service for large constellation. Check it out for a 50-days free access at: here.
- February 1, 2023
Professor Camilla Colombo from the Department of Aerospace Science and Technology of Politecnico di Milano was awarded the prestigious consolidator grant from the European Research Council (ERC) with the project GREEN SPECIES “Robust control of the space debris population to define optimal policies and an economic revenue model for sustainable development of space activities”.
- January 23, 2023
Last week the COMPASS group took part of the 33rd AAS/AIAA Space Flight Meeting in Austin, Texas with two technical contributions. Our Ph.D. candidates Giacomo and Lorenzo presented their work on rendezvous and proximity operations and space debris evolutionary model.
- January 11, 2023
The new paper published in Icarus by Mirko Trisolini, Camilla Colombo and Yuichi Tsuda proposes a new statistical formulation to model ejecta generated by impacts onto asteroids surfaces.
- January 5, 2023
New article on HPC and GPU computing! Alessandro Masat, Camilla Colombo, and Arnaud Boutonnet propose an augmentation scheme to optimise the computational performance of the massive orbit propagation problem.
- December 20, 2022
The new paper published in Acta Astronautica by Mirko Trisolini, Camilla Colombo and Yuichi Tsuda analyses target asteroids for a novel sample collection mission concept. The paper is freely available at this link.
A new model for manoeuvre planning algorithm for satellite formations using mean relative orbital elementsOctober 7, 2022
Formation flying missions have increased their importance thanks to the better performances that can be achieved with a distributed system of satellites. A recent paper by Alejandro Monteiro Miñan, Francesca Scala and Camilla Colombo proposes an open-loop manoeuvre planning algorithm, to provide the control accelerations for a formation reconfiguration.
- September 27, 2022
Our PhD student Francesca Scala won one of the five Best Interactive Presentation Award at the 73rd International Astronautical Congress IAC22 in Paris.
- September 15, 2022
In a space environment with an ever-growing satellite population, the latest paper by Eduardo Polli, Juan Luis Gonzalo and Camilla Colombo eases studies in the context of Space Situational Awareness, by developing an algorithm capable of assessing the average collision probability between an object subjected to continuous tangential thrust, and tens of thousands of constellations’ satellites, all within milli-seconds. Available here.
- September 15, 2022
Thanks to everyone who attended the Festival dell‘Ingegneria last weekend and visited the activities of the COMPASS group of the DAER of Politecnico di Milano! It was great to discuss with you the challenges of space sustainability, climate change and appreciate how Space is for Earth!
- September 5, 2022
Our Ph.D. candidates Alessandro Masat and Marco Nugnes have been awarded two of the Agenzia Spaziale Italiana’s (ASI) scholarship to participate at the 73rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC22) in Paris and the Space Generation Congress (SGC2022) organised by the Space Generation Advisory Council.
- September 5, 2022
Our Ph.D. candidate Francesca Scala has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) to attend the congress as an ESA-sponsored student for the International Space Education Board’s (ISEB) Student Program at the 73rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC22) in Paris.
- August 5, 2022
We are hiring! Two open positions within the COMPASS group on Mission Analysis. Apply by 31/08/2022 at these links: Mission analysis for the REMEC (Radiation Environment Monitor for Energetic Cosmic Rays) mission, Mission analysis of launch service for Fat in-orbit reaction.
- August 1, 2022
The Politecnico di Milano is coordinator of the European CRADLE (Collecting Asteroid-Orbiting Samples) project. The project, carried out in collaboration with JAXA: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Università degli Studi di Padova, and D-Orbit aims to investigate novel mission concepts for sample collection without having to land or touch down.
- August 1, 2022
How can we study the evolution of particle ejecta around asteroids? Can we leverage their dynamics to collect them in orbit? Check out the latest work of Mirko Trisolini presented at the 32nd JAXA Symposium on Astrodynamics and Flight Mechanics. See the results here.
- June 27, 2022
Camilla Colombo and Andrea Muciaccia from COMPASS group attended the ESA Space Debris Risk Assessment and Mitigation Analysis Workshop, held in Darmstadt, Germany on 23-24 June 2022. Camilla Colombo presented the ongoing work on risk assessment and mitigation activities at Politecnico di Milano.
- June 6, 2022
Dr. Mirko Trisolini, from the COMPASS group, is carrying out a research period of 9 months at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to continue the research for the MSCA Individual Fellowship “CRADLE”. At JAXA, he will increase his experience and knowledge on asteroid exploration and sample collection, working in alongside experts from the Hayabusa2 mission.
- June 6, 2022
The ESA’s Living Planet Symposium is one the biggest Earth observation conferences in the world, playing a fundamental role in advancing our understanding of how our planet works and how it is being affected by climate change. The COMPASS group participated to the Living Planet Symposium 2022, held in Bonn, Germany on 23–27 May 2022.
- May 23, 2022
Marco Nugnes, from the COMPASS team, is spending six months of his PhD at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory under the Visiting Student Research Program (JVSRP), where he will work on his PhD research on low-thrust trajectory optimisation using the technique of the differential dynamic programming.
- May 20, 2022
The 6th European Space Debris modelling, and Remediation workshop took place this week in Milan, organised by @Politecnico di Milano and @Centre National D'Etudes Spatiales (CNES). Many interesting contributions from 100 participants from the world space community. Valuable collaborations to foster a sustainable use of Space!
- May 19, 2022
Martina Rusconi joined the COMPASS team! She recently graduated in Space Engineering at Politecnico di Milano and has been granted a research fellowship on orbit and attitude modelling.
Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy Open Access paper on long-term density propagation techniques is out!April 29, 2022
What is the best technique to propagate uncertainties of high-altitude, high area-to-mass ratio satellites? Find out the answer in the latest open access paper of PhD candidate Pan Sun, with Camilla Colombo, Mirko Trisolini, and Shuang Li. Free access to the paper at this link.
- April 7, 2022
Do you know that a PhD can be a great way to begin a career in the fields of research and innovation? Follow PoliMi’s Research & Innovation Career Week to discover PhD opportunities in Space, 7th April 2022, 17:00. Speakers include Camilla Colombo from PoliMi, Luca Soli from Thales Alenia, Tommaso Ghidini from ESA, Alessandro Morselli from Nautilus, and Marco Molina from SITAEL.
- April 6, 2022
How to enhance end-of-life deorbiting by using orbit perturbations? Check this out in the Open Access paper by Simeng Huang, Camilla Colombo, Elisa Maria Alessi, Yang Wang and Zhili Hou
- April 4, 2022
Improving the model of b-plane circles and using it for flyby design: check out the new Open Access paper by Alessandro Masat, Matteo Romano and Camilla Colombo. Find the paper here.
- April 1, 2022
The Meng Thesis work of our student Christian Fusaro on re-entry predictions and demisability analysis of spacecraft in Highly Elliptical Orbits (HEO) has been selected for the ESA INTEGRAL Picture of the Month.
- March 30, 2022
Visual and emerging computing research coming on orbital uncertainty propagation in COMPASS! Our AlessandroMasat was awarded by NVIDIA . Corporation a high-performance GPU and professional support within the Applied Research Accelerator program.
- March 17, 2022
Twice as fast and ten times more precise planetary protection compliance analysis? KS variables ensure so, learn how in the new Open Access paper by Alessandro Masat, Matteo Romano and Camilla Colombo. See the paper here.
- February 28, 2022
New advances in flybys and trajectory design open access! Alessandro Masat and Camilla Colombo introduce the use of the b-plane and the Picard-Chebyshev scheme to efficiently surf complex and chaotic orbital perturbations. See the paper here
- February 25, 2022
Can we predict the long-term disposal of satellites in highly elliptical orbits? Do they pose a risk at re-entry? Check the latest article in the Journal of Space Safety Engineering of our student Christian Fusaro, with Mirko Trisolini and Camilla Colombo to find out! Free access to the paper for 50 days at this link .
- February 21, 2022
Francesca Scala, from the COMPASS team, is spending a six-month period of her PhD as visiting researcher at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESA-ESTEC), where she will increase her experience and expertise acquired during her research activities on mission design and guidance, navigation and control strategies.
- January 7, 2022
Are you interested in new study to improve the quality of data of Earth observation missions? Our Francesca Scala presented a tool for GNC simulation of future formation flying missions at the 2022 AIAA SciTech Forum.
- January 6, 2022
How do we model impacts on asteroids? Mirko Trisolini presented his work for the MSCA CRADLE project on ejecta models at the 2022 AIAA SciTech Forum in San Diego.
- January 5, 2022
GPU computing can accelerate the trajectory design process in the high-fidelity environment. Alessandro Masat gave a talk at the 2022 AIAA SciTech Forum and Exposition on how to make the most of this emerging compute architecture by augmenting the integration system.
- December 16, 2021
Since the start of the space age in 1957, there has been more space debris in orbit than operational satellite, posing a threat to active satellites. Francesca Letizia from ESA Space Debris Office gave a seminar at PoliMi about the debris environment and risk mitigation actions.
- November 23, 2021
How can we predict the evolution of millions of space debris under orbital perturbations? Check out the latest conference paper at the Aerospace Europe Conference 2021 by our Lorenzo Giudici.
- November 8, 2021
The COMPASS group participated to the 72nd International Astronautical Congress this October in Dubai, UAE. The COMPASS members participating contributed to the technical programme of the congress with several presentation on topics such as space debris, collision avoidance, asteroid ejecta dynamics, formation flying and active debris removal, and sustainability of space. For more info on the research works presented at the congress visit our LinkedIn page.
- October 20, 2021
Our Ph.D. candidate Giacomo Borelli has been awarded one of the ASI scholarships to participate to the 72nd International Astronautical Congress (IAC) and the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) in Dubai this October.
- October 20, 2021
The re-entry prediction and demisability of geosynchronous spacecraft are studied in the latest Open Access paper published in Advances in Space Research by Mirko Trisolini and Camilla Colombo. The paper is freely available in Open Access at this link.
- October 20, 2021
The design of optimal low thrust manoeuvres for remote sensing multi-satellite formation flying in low Earth orbit is studied in the latest Open Access paper published in Advances in Space Research by Francesca Scala, Gabriella Gaias, Camilla Colombo, and Manuel Martin-Neira. The paper is freely available in Open Access at this link.
- September 14, 2021
Last weekend, the COMPASS group opened its doors during the first edition of Festival dell’Ingegneria. Our research group participated to the open-labs events of the Department of Aerospace Science and Technology of Politecnico di Milano on Saturday and Sunday, sharing our exciting activities in the field of space sustainability.
Presentation about environmental risk assessment of satellite constellations at the Stardust-R Global Virtual Workshop IISeptember 13, 2021
Our Eduardo Maria Polli is participating in the Stardust-R Global Virtual Workshop II, presenting a new method for assessing the collision probability for an injecting or de-orbiting satellite that has to pass through a satellite constellation.
- August 3, 2021
ESA-funded project on robust trajectory design with uncertainties is kicking off! The cooperation between COMPASS and the European Space Agency on mission analysis on planetary protection and robust trajectory design continues, co-funding the PhD of Alessandro Masat under the supervision of Camilla Colombo and Arnaud Boutonnet.
- August 2, 2021
How to design a satellite constellation in a multi-criteria way through property assessment? Check out our latest work on Acta Astronautica by Simeng Huang, Camilla Colombo, and Franco Bernelli-Zazzera. The article is freely available in Open Access.
- July 21, 2021
Electric propulsion in space has become a key enabler for new types of missions. However, it also presents challenges, both in mission operations and hardware design. Join the seminar by SITAEL and PoliMi to discover the answers to some of these challenges! Our Camilla Colombo will talk about electric propulsion-enabled missions studied by the COMPASS group.
- June 26, 2021
Wanna know more about the newest developments in astrodynamics software? ESA’s 8th International Conference of Astrodynamics Tools and Techniques is the place for you! Check out the work of our Alessandro Masat, about planetary protection and long-term high-fidelity orbital propagation, and Matteo Romano, about the reconstruction of in-orbit collisions based on newly detected fragmentations.
- June 24, 2021
The long-delayed 11th International ESA Conference on Guidance, Navigation & Control Systems is finally here, in a pandemics-friendly virtual format. Our Juan Luis Gonzalo is taking part of the conversation, presenting new algorithms for the efficient modelling of low-thrust collision avoidance manoeuvres, with view to on-board applications.
- June 3, 2021
How to model meteoroids entry? Check out a new probabilistic continuum model in the paper on Icarus by Simone Limonta, Mirko Trisolini, Stefan Frey and Camilla Colombo. The paper is freely available in Open Access at this link.
- May 25, 2021
Our PostDoc Mirko Trisolini is among the young researchers starting this year a MSCA Individual Fellowship at Politecnico di Milano. He talked about his project with Alumni PoliMi.
- May 7, 2021
The COMPASS team attended the 16th International Conference on Space Operations, held virtually 3-5 May, 2021. Check out the presentations by Camilla Colombo, Francesca Scala, Mirko Trisolini and Matteo Romano at https://spaceops2021.org.
- April 30, 2021
The COMPASS team attended the 7th IAA Planetary Defense Conference from 26th to 30th April 2021, held virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Check out the presented e-poster about the Gravitational-magnetic tug, an investigation on combined gravitational and magnetic interaction for asteroid deflection.
- April 23, 2021
The COMPASS group participated to the 8th European Conference on Space Debris organised by ESA/ESOC on 20-23 April 2021. The conference, held every four years, represents the largest gathering of researchers and professional working on space debris related activities and topics. The COMPASS group contributed with 4 oral presentations and 3 posters.
- March 23, 2021
The COMPASS team took part in Milano Digital Week for the first time this year, with a series of online talks about space sustainability and the services provided by satellites. You can find the recordings at our YouTube channel.
Simeng Huang successfully defends her PhD thesis on mission analysis for low-thrust satellite constellationsFebruary 17, 2021
Simeng Huang, on February 16, successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis “Multi-Phase Mission Analysis and Design for Satellite Constellations with Low-Thrust Propulsion”. Congratulations!
- February 4, 2021
The COMPASS team attended the 31st AAS/AIAA Virtual Space Flight Mechanics Meeting from 1st to 3rd February 2021. COMPASS members presented their latest developments in the fields of astrodynamics and orbital mechanics, with particular focus on mission design and trajectory optimization.
Constrained optimisation of preliminary spacecraft configurations under the design-for-demise paradigmJanuary 22, 2021
A new publication by Mirko Trisolini Camilla Colombo and Hugh Lewis explores the application of multi-objective optimisation for the design-for-demise of satellites.
Propagation and reconstruction of re-entry uncertainties using continuity equation and simplicial interpolationJanuary 21, 2021
A new open access publication by Mirko Trisolini and Camilla Colombo from the COMPASS team explores the application of a continuum-based approach to the propagation and reconstruction of uncertainties in planetary re-entries. Check it out!
- December 29, 2020
Satellite operators need increasingly powerful tools for collision avoidance manoeuvre (CAM) design, to deal with the growing number of objects in space. A recent open access publication by Juan Luis Gonzalo, Camilla Colombo, and Pierluigi Di Lizia proposes an analytical formulation for CAMs allowing to maximize deviation or minimize collision probability. Check it out!
- December 16, 2020
On December 16, Francesca Letizia from the ESA Space Debris Office gave a seminar at PoliMi about the sustainability of the space environment and the importance of space situational awareness for current space activities and for future space exploitation.
- December 2, 2020
Mirko Trisolini from COMPASS participated to the 5th International Space Debris Re-entry Workshop organised by ESA, presenting his work on the re-entry and disposal of GEO satellites on resonant trajectories.
- November 30, 2020
COMPASS was back at MEETmeTONIGHT in the virtual edition of 2020! Our team of researchers inspired the audience with an interactive presentation on the benefits of space for mankind and the evolution of space technology toward sustainable and smart solutions.
- November 25, 2020
Save the date for MEETmeTONIGHT 2020 to check out the COMPASS research activities in Space! You have 2 chances to join COMPASS activities live online: Friday 27th Nov. at 3 p.m. and Saturday 28th Nov. at 4 p.m. (CET). Don't forget to register! https://www.meetmetonight.it/compass-dallo-spazio-al-cyberspazio/
- October 25, 2020
In-person meetings have become a rare luxury due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That is why the International Astronautical Federation has made the 71st International Astronautical Congress – The CyberSpace Edition their first fully online congress. On 12-14 October more than 10,000 attendees joined all over the world to share the latest space developments. The COMPASS team contributed with 5 papers and videolectures.
Aerospace Science and Technology article on constellation low-thrust transfer without self-induced collision is out!September 25, 2020
How to transfer a plurality of satellites using low-thrust propulsion without self-induced collisions? Check out our work on Aerospace Science and Technology by Simeng Huang, Camilla Colombo, and Franco Bernelli-Zazzera. The article is freely available in Open Access
- September 1, 2020
MISS, a new software tool for the analysis and design of collision avoidance manoeuvres in space, is presented in a paper published by Juan Luis Gonzalo, Camilla Colombo, and Pierluigi Di Lizia in the Journal of Space Safety Engineering.
Publication of an article on advanced Monte Carlo sampling for the estimation of asteroid impact probabilityAugust 27, 2020
The use of advanced Monte Carlo sampling methods for estimating the probability of asteroid impacts is discussed in a paper authored by Matteo Romano and Camilla Colombo from the COMPASS team and Matteo Losacco and Pierluigi Di Lizia from PoliMi. The publication is accessible in open access. Check it out!
- August 13, 2020
The COMPASS team attended the 2020 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Virtual Lake Tahoe Conference, held virtually, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, from 9 to 12 August 2020.
- June 16, 2020
An analytical model of the line-of-sight to a target satellite for relative navigation applications is outlined in a paper authored by Gabriella Gaias and Camilla Colombo from the COMPASS team. The publication is accessible in open access. Check it out!
- May 12, 2020
Want to join us at Politecnico di Milano and #research about #Space? Apply to take part to the second edition of the Master Class dedicated to possible candidates to #MSCA (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions) - European Individual Fellowship program. Deadline 24th May2020! #MSCAPOLIMI2020 #COMPASS_ERC #polimi
- May 7, 2020
Prof. Danielle Wood from Space Enable MIT Media Lab and Prof. Camilla Colombo from COMPASS talk about “Sustainability in Space and on Earth” on a webinar co-organized by the Italian Space Agency and the US Consulate in Milan.
- May 5, 2020
“A Salient Earth” is an art project by Sarah Ceravolo about the sustainability of space and particularly the space debris problem. A vivid colormap from our recent publications was used in the project.
Predicting the vulnerability of spacecraft components: modelling debris impact effects through vulnerable zonesApril 16, 2020
A new journal article by Mirko Trisolini assesses the effects of hypervelocity space debris impacts on satellites through a geometrically based probabilistic approach.
- April 9, 2020
A practical analytical framework for precise relative motion in low Earth orbits is outlined in a paper authored by Gabriella Gaias and Camilla Colombo from the COMPASS team.
Willer Gomes dos Santos delivers a seminar about the small satellite projects of the ITA Space CenterFebruary 17, 2020
Prof. Willer Gomes dos Santos, from the Space Center (CEI) of the Brazilian Aeronautics Institute of Technology (ITA), delivered a seminar this Monday, 17 Feburary 2020, at PoliMi’s Department of Aerospace Science and Technology. In the seminar, he gave an overview of the present and future small satellite projects of the CEI.
- February 12, 2020
Matteo Romano successfully defended his PhD thesis “Orbit propagation and uncertainty modelling for planetary protection compliance verification” at Politecnico di Milano, to be awarded the degree of Doctor.
- February 12, 2020
Davide Menzio successfully defended his PhD thesis “Search-grid applications for trajectory design in presence of flyby” at Politecnico di Milano, to be awarded the degree of Doctor.
- February 11, 2020
The COMPASS team presented its research about “Sustainable Space for Smart Life” to students from Stendhal Elementary School in an interactive lecture aimed to inspire the young scientists of the future.
- December 19, 2019
Mr. Jean-Sébastien Ardaens from DLR/GSOC delivered a seminar this Thursday, 19 December 2019, at PoliMi’s Department of Aerospace Science and Technology. Invited by the COMPASS project, he discussed about recent developments and on-orbit experiments on angles-only relative navigation in low Earth orbit.
- December 17, 2019
Davide Menzio, from the COMPASS team, was awarded with the Ermenegildo Zegna Founder’s scholarship and extended his research period at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory until January 2020, where he will increase his “on the field” experience and improve the existing tools with the latest developments of his research on trajectory design and optimization.
- December 13, 2019
Kindly hosted by Dr. Brandon Jones and Dr. Ryan Russel, Camilla and Stefan gave a seminar at the University of Texas on 13 December. They presented the COMPASS project with a focus on space debris and its modelling.
- December 12, 2019
Stefan and Camilla of the COMPASS group attended the first International Orbital Debris Conference (IOC) in Christmassy Sugarland, TX, USA. They presented the new tools their team developed for optimising collision avoidance manoeuvres and estimating the evolution and implications of on-orbit fragmentation clouds.
- December 6, 2019
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing, an exhibition is taking place in Milan to celebrate the event.
- December 3, 2019
Upcoming seminar on “Angles-Only Relative Navigation in Low Earth Orbit” by Mr. Jean-Sébastien Ardaens – DLR/GSOC, on 19 December 2019, 12:00, at the Department of Aerospace Science and Technology.
- December 2, 2019
The PhD position entitled “N-Satellite Formation-Flying for Interferometry Applications in Low Earth Orbits” is now open in the COMPASS research group. Application deadline 06/Dec/2019.
Publication of an article on the long-term attitude stability of quasi-rhombic-pyramid-shaped solar sailsNovember 28, 2019
The long-term stability of shuttercock-like solar sails is studied in a paper authored by Narcís Miguel and Camilla Colombo from the COMPASS team.
- November 26, 2019
COMPASS is taking part in DAER OpenLabs 2019! Come visit our stand this Saturday, November 30, at Politecnico di Milano’s Bovisa campus.
- November 26, 2019
COMPASS parteciperà ai DAER OpenLabs 2019!
- November 11, 2019
Check out the Inaugural Lecture for the Opening of the 157th Academic Year of Politecnico di Milano by Camilla Colombo on “Satellites and Space Debris: Services from Space in a more sustainable world”.
- October 29, 2019
Mirko Trisolini and Simeng Huang of the COMPASS team participated to the PoliMoon event at the Planetario of Milan.
- October 26, 2019
The COMPASS team attended the 70th International Astronautical Congress hosted at the Walter E. Convention Center in Washington, D.C., 21-25 October 2019. COMPASS members presented their latest developments in spacecraft trajectory optimisation, modelling and risk analysis for space debris, and orbital dynamics.
- October 20, 2019
The COMPASS team organised the 2019 NASA SpaceApps Challenge in Milan with the support of PoliMi, DAER, US Consulate of Milan, and Fondazione Politecnico.
- September 27, 2019
Come and visit our stand “COMPASS: Sustainable Space for Smart Life” at MeetMeTonight 2019, on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 at the Indro Montanelli gardens in Milan! You will learn how to deflect asteroids, avoid space debris, and control large satellite constellations, and you will embark for a trip to the Moon while navigating through the junk orbiting all around the Earth!
- September 26, 2019
Mirko Trisolini of the COMPASS team participated to the radio show Caterpillar about the participation to the European Researchers’ Night (MeetMeTonight)
- September 26, 2019
The COMPASS team took part in the 2019 European Research and Innovation Days, celebrated in Brussels on 24-26 September. Together with other ERC-funded projects, we met stakeholders and policymakers to stress the importance of scientific research for Europe’s future.
- September 12, 2019
Giacomo Borelli, Alessandro Masat and Matteo Nicoli presented their master thesis work developed within the COMPASS group at the XXV International Congress of the Italian Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIDAA) held at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.
- August 14, 2019
Davide Menzio of the COMPASS team is attending the AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference to present his work on the spatial flyby map performed at JPL under the supervision of Dr. Stefano Campagnola.
- July 31, 2019
Simeng Huang and Lincheng Li gave a Chinese Teenager Popular Science Seminar on “An Overview of Space Missions”, stimulating teenager’s interest in space science.
- July 30, 2019
Narcís Miguel from the COMPASS team participated in the 5th International Symposium on Solar Sailing (ISSS2019).
- July 25, 2019
The COMPASS team attended the 10th International Conference on Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with recent developments on low-thrust station-keeping for satellite constellation at inclined geosynchronous orbits.
- July 23, 2019
Another academic year came and went. Time really flies, so what better location for the annual reunion of the Department of Aerospace Science and Technology than the Aero Club Como? DAER staff, friends and students gathered at the shore of lake Como to enjoy an afternoon of music, food and even sea plane flights.
- July 19, 2019
From 17 to 19 July, our Gabriella Gaias and Simeng Huang attended the 10th International Workshop on Satellite Constellations and Formation Flying, hosted at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. Gabriella presented a new tool for spaceborne navigation systems based only on angular observations, and Simeng proposed an efficient strategy for the de-orbiting of large constellations.
- July 17, 2019
Davide Menzio, from the COMPASS team, is carrying out a research period at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he will increase his “on the field” experience and improve the existing tools with the latest developments of his research on trajectory design and optimization.
- July 8, 2019
Stefan Frey and Matteo Romano from the COMPASS team are carrying out their last visiting periods at the European Space Operations Centre of ESA, where they will once more work “on the field” to improve the existing tools with the latest developments from their researches.
- July 4, 2019
Being Italy’s leading academic institution in aerospace engineering, Politecnico di Milano has many projects with the Agenzia Spaziale Italiana. As a testament of this long relation, the new president of ASI Giorgio Saccoccia visited our Department of Aerospace Science and Technology this Thursday. The COMPASS team introduced him to our virtual reality tools for outreach activities, aimed at raising awareness about the challenges and benefits of space utilization.
- July 3, 2019
Camilla Colombo was selected to attend the Annual Meeting of the New Champions of the World Economic Forum in Dalian, China as part of the delegation of the ERC.
- July 3, 2019
Every year, the European Space Agency organizes its Space Engineering and Technology Final Presentation Days, a remarkable occasion to look back on the recent achievements from its technology programmes. This year, the event took place 2-4 July at ESTEC, with ESOC joining on 3 July. Juan Luis Gonzalo from COMPASS was on ESOC to present our recent work on the use of sails and tethers as passive deorbiting devices, developed in collaboration with 4 other European partners.
- July 3, 2019
The COMPASS team attended the 8th European Conference for Aeronautics and Space Sciences to present recent developments on low-thrust geostationary station-keeping.
- June 28, 2019
Narcís Miguel from the COMPASS team participated in the Conference New Trends in Celestial Mechanics (NTCM), in a special session dedicated to applied problems.
- June 8, 2019
As complex as scientific research can be, getting the general public excited about science can be even more challenging. This is why the annual conference of the European network of science centres and museums (Ecsite) is a must-attend event to all professionals working to engage audiences with science and technology. The European Research Council joined the event for the very first time this year, and they invited the COMPASS team to come along.
- May 29, 2019
A journal article led by Marco Nugnes of the COMPASS team presents a new refined procedure for the determination of the coverage area in view of an orbiting satellite, modelling the Earth’s surface as an oblate ellipsoid of rotation instead of the classical perfect sphere.
- May 24, 2019
Are we done with GEO? Check some fresh ideas that could lead to a sustainable exploitation of the geosynchronous orbital region in the new paper by Ioannis Gkolias & Camilla Colombo funded by ReDSHIFT H2020 project.
- May 23, 2019
Mirko Trisolini had his PhD Viva and successfully defended his PhD thesis at the University of Southampton to be awarded the degree of Doctor.
- May 14, 2019
Prof. Baojun Pang, from the Harbin Institute of Technology (China), visited Politecnico di Milano to meet the COMPASS group. He delivered a seminar on the space debris environment, showcasing the destructive power of space debris and recapping assistants on the latest updates of the Space Debris Environment Engineering Model (SDEEM 2019).
- May 13, 2019
An article presenting parts of the research conducted in the COMPASS group is being published in the Advances in Space Research journal. The paper shows how to improve the accuracy of semi-analytically propagated orbits – especially highly eccentric ones – perturbed by atmospheric drag.
- May 10, 2019
The Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC) was meeting in Rome for the 37th time to discuss the space debris issue. Bringing in the expertise of the COMPASS group, Stefan was participating within the ASI delegation.
- May 10, 2019
The 12th IAA Small Satellites for Earth Observation Symposium took place from 5 to 10 May in Berlin. Cristiano Contini and Camilla Colombo were awarded the second prize as best student paper with their work “Attitude and orbital dynamics fine coupling for high area-to-mass Satellites”. A great success for COMPASS team, PoliMi and DAER!
- May 7, 2019
Last Saturday, May 4, citizens across Europe had a very special appointment at the annual Open Day of the European Institutions. The COMPASS team could not miss this change to show the general public how EU/ERC-funded research changes their lives for the better, approaching visitors to the benefits and challenges of space use and exploration.
- May 2, 2019
The annual Open Day of the European Institutions is a unique opportunity to learn about what the European Union does for its citizens. This year, the COMPASS team will take part in the event at the ERC headquarters in Brussels.
- April 30, 2019
Dr. Yang Yang from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology visited the COMPASS team and held a seminar at the Department of Aerospace Science and Technology.
- April 28, 2019
The COMPASS team participated to the CanSat Italy competition as part of the judging commission.
- April 26, 2019
The COMPASS team at the 4th KePASSA workshop, the best place to talk about astrodynamics tool and techniques applied to space situational awareness.
- April 6, 2019
Choosing which degree to pursue is a defining moment for any student. Among the nearly countless options, which one is the best for you? On Saturday, April 6, PoliMi opened its doors to hundreds of teenagers facing this dilemma. And the COMPASS team was there, to show that the University is way more than lectures and exams.
- March 22, 2019
Storie Politecniche – An event where female researchers in STEM speak with young women in the process to choose their field of study. Gabriella Gaias from the COMPASS team took part of this outreach activity.
- March 7, 2019
The interest for planetary protection doesn’t reach only space agencies and space enthusiast. The COMPASS group is doing research to make designing interplanetary missions more compliant to regulations.
- March 7, 2019
A new journal article led by Thibaut Maury, from the Université de Bordeaux, assesses the environmental impact of Space Debris using the Life Cycle Assessment approach. Camilla Colombo and Mirko Trisolini from the COMPASS team are coauthors of this work.
- February 26, 2019
The COMPASS team attended the 27th International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics with 3 contributions on space-debris related topics.
- February 13, 2019
COMPASS is contributing to the Space Mission Planning Advisory Group (SMPAG) technical work on asteroid missions for planetary defense.
- January 31, 2019
The ReDSHIFT Final Conference will take place in Florence on March 13 - 14, 2019 at the Auditorium di Santa Apollonia.
- January 24, 2019
Matteo Romano from the COMPASS team and Matteo Lo Sacco attended the ESA NEO and Debris Detection Conference presenting a poster on orbital conjunctions analysis and NEO impact probability computation.
- January 17, 2019
The COMPASS team attended the AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting with 4 contributions on space-debris related topics.
- December 11, 2018
On 11 December 2018, the ASI SMPAG Working Group and Politecnico di Milano organized a seminar on “Advanced Studies on NEO Deflection Strategies”. Mathieu Petit and Lorenzo Bolsi presented their latest work within the COMPASS project on NEO deflection.
- October 22, 2018
The 2018 NASA SpaceApps Challenge in Milano was a great success! A total of 171 participants worked for almost 48 straight hours to produce some outstanding projects and ideas.
- October 1, 2018
The COMPASS team is taking part to the 69th International Astronautical Congress in Bremen, Germany. Camilla Colombo, Davide Menzio, Stefan Frey and Matteo Romano are attending this year’s IAC to present their works in front of the thousands of researchers from the international community that will be in Bremen from the 1st to the 5th of October.
- September 29, 2018
For the second year in a row COMPASS joined MeetMeTonight, Milan’s celebration of the “Researchers Night”. Hundreds of visitors of all ages stepped into our control room September 28-29, discovering about the daily services provided by satellites, the risks posed by space debris and the challenges of interplanetary travel. And if this were not enough, this year we introduced a brand-new virtual reality tour among all the manmade objects orbiting Earth.
- August 28, 2018
Continuing with their US tour, COMPASS members Ioannis Gkolias, Juan Luis Gonzalo and Narcis Miguel travel south from the mountains of Salt Lake City to Tucson, to speak at a Symposium on Astrodynamics hosted by Profs. Aaron Rosengren and Roberto Furfaro of the University of Arizona.
- August 23, 2018
The 2018 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference was held 19-23 August at the Snowbird resort, up in the mountains of Utah. COMPASS team members Ioannis Gkolias, Juan Luis Gonzalo and Narcis Miguel climbed their way to the summit to present their latest research on satellite dynamical theory, satellite disposal and collision avoidance.
- July 27, 2018
The COMPASS group participated in the 5th European Workshop on Space Debris Modeling and Remediation at CNES headquarters in Paris, France.
- July 24, 2018
Ioannis Gkolias from the COMPASS group gave a seminar at the Academy of Athens presenting his work on a sustainable use of the geosynchronous orbital region.
- July 19, 2018
Stefan Frey of the COMPASS team gave a seminar at the Tsinghua University, Beijing, regarding the space debris issue: “Orbit evolution of space debris: modelling and applications”, co-authored by Stefan Frey and Camilla Colombo.
- June 30, 2018
June 30 was Asteroid day 2018 and ESA/ESO made a two-hour webcast. About 10 minutes were also spent on the MIAPP workshop "Near-Earth Objects".
- June 22, 2018
During the 5th IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for Aerospace, Marco Nugnes presented his work about the development of an engineering tool to optimise the number of operative satellites of a generic GNSS constellation considering the effects of failure modes on the coverage performance.
- June 9, 2018
The MIAPP workshop on “Near-Earth Objects: Properties, Detection, Resources, Impacts and Defending Earth” took place from 14 May to 8 June 2018 in Munich.
- April 14, 2018
On Saturday 14, COMPASS participates in PolimiOpenLabs, one of the several activities organized by Politecnico di Milano within the STEMintheCity initiative of the City of Milan, to promote the STEM culture and address gender gaps in these fields.
- January 25, 2018
COMPASS participated in the 7th Satellites End of Life Workshop, organized by CNES in Paris, France.
- September 30, 2017
Every September, citizens around Europe are invited to a very special date with science at the “Researchers Night”, and the city of Milan joins the celebrations organizing its MeetMeTonight event. COMPASS participates for the first time this year by opening our own space control room for space enthusiasts, science lovers and curious citizens to visit.
- September 29, 2017
The COMPASS team is taking part to the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia. Camilla Colombo, Davide Menzio, Stefan Frey, Matteo Romano, Simeng Huang and Ioannis Gkolias are attending this year’s IAC to present their works in front of the thousands of researchers from the international community that will be in Adelaide from the 25th to the 29th of September.
- September 9, 2017
The COMPASS group participated in the 1st Satellite Dynamics and Space Missions summer school and the 7th International Meeting on Celestial Mechanics, that took place in San Martino al Cimino, in Viterbo, Italy.