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.
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 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.
- 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.
- 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.