The autopilot that takes us to space

In the Poli labs, a new generation of scientists is charting new routes: today we introduce you twelve of them, among the best young researchers in Europe

Politecnico is at the top of the world rankings of universities also thanks to the frontier scientific research it carries out in its laboratories. The protagonists of this Italian record are the approximately 3,500 scientists and researchers of Politecnico. Among the hottest topics are obviously those related to the systemic transformation towards climate neutrality; and then, the world of digital, space exploration, life sciences, the movements embraced by the New European Bauhaus, the new frontiers in the study of matter... In particular, young researchers inject new life into the research system and grow innovative scientific strands. Politecnico invests in activities aimed precisely at encouraging young scientists of excellence to join in. Among many, this year we welcome twelve new young researchers who are among the best of their generation. They are here at Politecnico di Milano thanks to the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) fellowship programme. Let us introduce them... in alphabetical order.

CARMINE GIORDANO works on simulating the dynamics of the solar system. "Thousands of spacecraft will permeate the solar system within a few years. However, there is no autopilot in space and everything still needs to be controlled from the ground. At the same time, there is enormous interest in smaller bodies, such as asteroids or comets, both for exploration reasons (they can give us valuable information about the origin of the solar system and life on Earth) and for economic reasons (they are made of rare materials useful in terrestrial applications). My project builds on these two problems and aims to develop autonomous guidance and control algorithms for CubeSats in the vicinity of smaller bodies, using low-power, high-performance computing boards."

Read more: all Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) researchers in 2023 on MAP 12