About The Author

I am a EC Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) Fellow, currently working at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. I worked at Politecnico di Milano from 2013 to 2018 as Ph.D. student and Postdoc. I worked as mission analyst for ESA’s AIDA/AIM mission. Under the MSCA program, I am the PI of the GRAINS project, a collaboration between Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Politecnico di Milano and Observatorie de la Côte d’Azur.

My research interests are in the field of asteroids, astrodynamics and space engineering. They include the modelling of asteroid mass distribution to compute gravity field for effective trajectory design of spacecraft in their proximity, as well as the study of N-body gravitational dynamics, periodic motion and relative dynamics in orbital multibody regimes.

Landing On Binary Asteroids

The in-situ exploration of small celestial bodies in our Solar System is the current frontier of space exploration. Among these objects, the Near Earth Asteroid (NEA) population is largely accessible to spacecraft, and reaching most NEAs is cheaper than reaching our Moon. A further interesting subset is that of binary asteroids. These acquired increasing popularity