Davide Menzio

I obtained my BEng from Politecnico di Torino in 2013 with a thesis on the validation test of the solar panels of the cubesat e-st@r-II. In 2014, I enrolled to a MEng in Aerospace Engineering with specialisation in space at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and I had the opportunity to complete my academical studies at the Technische Universiteit Delft thanks to an Erasmus+ scholarship. In 2016, I graduated with a master thesis on the long-term attitude behaviour on highly eccentric orbit performed at Space Debris Office of the European Space Agency. Since the end of 2016 I started a PhD at the Politecnico di Milano on space trajectory optimisation in the interplanetary environment as part of the COMPASS project.
My current work consists in the development of new techniques for the design and optimisation of interplanetary trajectories to reduce the high mission cost and create new opportunities for space exploration. In particular, my attention was focused so far on the pruning of departure/arrival dates for gravity assisted trajectories, on the preliminary design of suboptimal multi-gravity assisted trajectories through a shape-based approach, on the analysis of the flyby effect with a variational approach and on the optimisation of ballistic and low-energy flyby in high-order dynamics with energy related functions.
Among my interest: high performance computing, optimisation and machine learning techniques.

Current research within COMPASS