We are hiring!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
Prof. Camilla Colombo wins ERC CoG grant with GREEN SPECIES project!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”.
IAC22 ASI scholarship winners in COMPASSSeptember 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.
IAC22 ESA scholarship winner in COMPASSSeptember 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.
Open positions within the COMPASS group on mission analysisAugust 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.
CRADLE Press Release Re-postAugust 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.
Mirko Trisolini at the 32nd JAXA Symposium on Astrodynamics and Flight MechanicsAugust 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.
COMPASS at ESA Space Debris Risk Assessment and Mitigation Analysis Workshop 2022June 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.
Mirko Trisolini joined the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for the CRADLE projectJune 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.
COMPASS at ESA Living Planet Symposium 2022June 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.
Marco Nugnes’ Research Stay at NASA Jet Propulsion LaboratoryMay 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.
6th European Space Debris modelling, and Remediation workshopMay 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!
New member of the COMPASS teamMay 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.
Politecnico di Milano Research and Innovation Career Week SpaceApril 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.
Low-thrust de-orbiting from Low Earth Orbit through natural perturbationsApril 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
New Open Access paper on b-planeApril 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.
COMPASS work on re-entry predictions selected for ESA Integral Picture of the MonthApril 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.
Nvidia Accelerate Research Grant for Alessandro MasatMarch 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.
New Open Access paper on Planetary ProtectionMarch 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.
B-plane and Picard-Chebyshev for trajectory optimisation in Acta Astronautica Open AccessFebruary 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
Journal of Space Safety Engineering paper on HEO spacecraft disposal and demise is out!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 .
Francesca Scala’s research stay at the European Space Research and Technology CentreFebruary 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.
Francesca Scala presenting at the 2022 AIAA SciTech Forum and ExpositionJanuary 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.
Mirko Trisolini presents at the 2022 AIAA SciTech ForumJanuary 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.
Alessandro Masat presenting at 2022 AIAA SciTech Forum and ExpositionJanuary 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.
Space Debris seminar by Dr. Letizia from ESADecember 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.
COMPASS at the Aerospace Europe Conference 2021November 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.
COMPASS at International Astronautical Congress 2021November 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.
ASI scholarship winner in COMPASSOctober 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.
Advances in Space Research paper on geosynchronous spacecraft re-entry is out!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.
Advances in Space Research paper on optimal low thrust manoeuvre for formation flying is out!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.
COMPASS group at the first edition of Festival Dell’IngegneriaSeptember 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.
ESA-funded project on robust trajectory design with uncertaintiesAugust 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.
New article on constellation design published in Acta AstronauticaAugust 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.
Where will space electric propulsion take us? Join us to find it out!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.
COMPASS @ ESA’s International Conference on Astrodynamics Tools and Techniques!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.
ESA’s Guidance, Navigation and Control conference is finally here!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.
Icarus paper on meteoroids entry is out!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.
PostDoc Mirko Trisolini among the MSCA Master Class interviewed by Alumni PoliMiMay 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.
COMPASS at the 16th International Conference on Space OperationsMay 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.
COMPASS joins the 7th Planetary Defense Conference on Deflection & Disruption TestingApril 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.
COMPASS researchers at the 8th European Conference on Space DebrisApril 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.
COMPASS joins Milano Digital Week for the first timeMarch 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!
COMPASS at the 31st AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics MeetingFebruary 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!
New analytical model for the design of collision avoidance manoeuvres in spaceDecember 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!
ESA Space Debris Office seminar at PoliMiDecember 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.
Demisability analysis of re-entering structures on resonant trajectoriesDecember 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.
COMPASS at MEETmeTONIGHT 2020November 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.
COMPASS will be back at MEETmeTONIGHT 2020!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/
From Italy to CyberSpace: COMPASS joins the 71 International Astronautical CongressOctober 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
MISS, a new software suite for designing collision avoidance manoeuvresSeptember 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!
COMPASS at the 2020 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist ConferenceAugust 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.
Publication of an article on precise line-of-sight modelling for relative navigationJune 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!
Master Class at PoliMi on Marie Curie ApplicationMay 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
COMPASS and Space Enable from MIT on a webinar on sustainabilityMay 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.
When science meets art: A Salient EarthMay 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.
Publication of an article on precise models of the relative dynamics in low Earth orbitsApril 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.
Matteo Romano’s PhD DefenceFebruary 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.
Davide Menzio‘s PhD DefenceFebruary 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.
COMPASS team inspires the next generation of scientistsFebruary 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.
Jean-Sébastien Ardaens delivers a seminar on angles-only relative navigationDecember 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.
Davide Menzio’s research stay extension at the Jet Propulsion LaboratoryDecember 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.
COMPASS visiting the University of TexasDecember 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.
COMPASS at the first International Orbital Debris ConferenceDecember 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.
Moon landing exhibition in MilanDecember 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.
Seminar of Jean-Sébastien Ardaens on angles-only relative navigationDecember 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.
Open PhD position in Aerospace EngineeringDecember 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.
COMPASS will participate in DAER’s OpenLabs 2019November 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.
COMPASS parteciperà ai DAER OpenLabs 2019November 26, 2019
COMPASS parteciperà ai DAER OpenLabs 2019!
Inaugural Lecture of 157th Academic Year of Politecnico di MilanoNovember 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”.
Mirko Trisolini and Simeng Huang at PoliMoon 2019October 29, 2019
Mirko Trisolini and Simeng Huang of the COMPASS team participated to the PoliMoon event at the Planetario of Milan.
COMPASS at the 70th International Astronautical CongressOctober 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.
NASA SpaceApps 2019October 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.
COMPASS is back at MeetMeTonight 2019!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!
Mirko Trisolini speaking about MMT19 at Radio2 show CaterpillarSeptember 26, 2019
Mirko Trisolini of the COMPASS team participated to the radio show Caterpillar about the participation to the European Researchers’ Night (MeetMeTonight)
Showing the importance of scientific research at the 2019 European Research and Innovation DaysSeptember 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.
COMPASS at the XXV AIDAA International CongressSeptember 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”.
Davide Menzio at AAS/AIAA summer meetingAugust 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.
Chinese Teenager Popular Science SeminarJuly 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.
COMPASS at the 5th International Symposium on Solar Sailing (ISSS2019)July 30, 2019
Narcís Miguel from the COMPASS team participated in the 5th International Symposium on Solar Sailing (ISSS2019).
COMPASS at the 10th International Conference on Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringJuly 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.
DAER summer reunionJuly 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.
10th International Workshop on Satellite Constellations and Formation FlyingJuly 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.
Davide Menzio’s research stay at the Jet Propulsion LaboratoryJuly 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.
Research stay at the European Space Operations CentreJuly 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.
The new president of the Italian Space Agency visits PoliMiJuly 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.
COMPASS at the Wold Economic ForumJuly 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.
ESA’s Space Engineering and Technology Final Presentation DaysJuly 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.
COMPASS at the 8th European Conference for Aeronautics and Space SciencesJuly 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.
COMPASS at the New Trends in Celestial Mechanics (NTCM) ConferenceJune 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.
Excited about science? COMPASS joins the ERC at Ecsite 2019June 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.
Publication of an article on satellite coverage area determination modelling Earth as an ellipsoidMay 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.
Publication of article on the sustainable exploitation of the geosynchronous orbitMay 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.
Mirko Trisolini PhD VivaMay 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.
Seminar by Prof. Baojun Pang on the space debris environmentMay 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).
Publication of article on the extension of the King-Hele contraction methodMay 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.
Participation at the 37th IADC meeting at ASI, RomeMay 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.
Great success at the 2019 IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth ObservationMay 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!
Great success of the Open Day of the European InstitutionsMay 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.
Visit the COMPASS stand at the Open Day of the European Institutions this Saturday in BrusselsMay 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.
Seminar by Dr. Yang Yang from RMITApril 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.
CanSat Italy CompetitionApril 28, 2019
The COMPASS team participated to the CanSat Italy competition as part of the judging commission.
COMPASS at the 4th KePASSA workshopApril 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.
PoliMi Open Day 2019April 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.
Storie Politecniche – meet the women in STEMMarch 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.
The challenge of planetary protectionMarch 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.
A life cycle assessment approach to the environmental impact of Space DebrisMarch 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.
COMPASS at the 27th International Symposium on Space Flight DynamicsFebruary 26, 2019
The COMPASS team attended the 27th International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics with 3 contributions on space-debris related topics.
COMPASS contributing to the work by the Space Mission Planning Advisory Group on asteroid missionsFebruary 13, 2019
COMPASS is contributing to the Space Mission Planning Advisory Group (SMPAG) technical work on asteroid missions for planetary defense.
ReDSHIFT Project Final Conference InvitationJanuary 31, 2019
The ReDSHIFT Final Conference will take place in Florence on March 13 - 14, 2019 at the Auditorium di Santa Apollonia.
COMPASS at the ESA NEO and Debris Detection ConferenceJanuary 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.
COMPASS at the 29th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics MeetingJanuary 17, 2019
The COMPASS team attended the AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting with 4 contributions on space-debris related topics.
ASI SMPAG seminar on NEO deflection strategiesDecember 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.
NASA SpaceApps in MilanOctober 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.
The COMPASS team at the 69th International Astronautical CongressOctober 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.
A journey through space at COMPASS control center in MeetMeTonight 2018September 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.
A Symposium on Astrodynamics at the University of ArizonaAugust 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.
COMPASS at the 2018 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist ConferenceAugust 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.
COMPASS at the 5th European Workshop on Space Debris Modeling and RemediationJuly 27, 2018
The COMPASS group participated in the 5th European Workshop on Space Debris Modeling and Remediation at CNES headquarters in Paris, France.
Ioannis Gkolias’ seminar in Academy of AthensJuly 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.
Stefan Frey gives a seminar at Tsinghua UniversityJuly 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.
MIAPP at Asteroid DayJune 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".
COMPASS at the 5th IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for AerospaceJune 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.
MIAPP workshop on Near-Earth ObjectsJune 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.
COMPASS at PolimiOpenLabs for STEMintheCity 2018April 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.
COMPASS at the 7th Satellites End of Life Workshop at CNESJanuary 25, 2018
COMPASS participated in the 7th Satellites End of Life Workshop, organized by CNES in Paris, France.
COMPASS joins MeetMeTonight 2017September 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.
The COMPASS team at the 68th International Astronautical CongressSeptember 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.
COMPASS at the 7th CELMEC and the 1st SDSM summer schoolSeptember 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.