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Simone D'Amico

Simone D'Amico

Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics
PhD, Technical University of Delft (The Netherlands), Aerospace Engineering (2010)
BS and MS, Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Aerospace Engineering (2003)

Simone D’Amico received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from Politecnico di Milano (2003) and the Ph.D. degree from Delft University of Technology (2010). From 2003 to 2014, he was research scientist and team leader at the German Aerospace Center (DLR). There, he gave key contributions to the design, development, and operations of spacecraft formation-flying and rendezvous missions such as GRACE (United States/Germany), TanDEM-X (Germany), PRISMA (Sweden/Germany/France), and PROBA-3 (ESA). Since 2014, he has been Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, Founding director of the Space Rendezvous Laboratory (SLAB), and Satellite Advisor of the Student Space Initiative (SSSI), Stanford’s largest undergraduate organization. He has over 150 scientific publications and 2000 google scholar’s citations, including conference proceedings, peer-reviewed journal articles, and book chapters. D'Amico's research aims at enabling future miniature distributed space systems for unprecedented science and exploration. His efforts lie at the intersection of advanced astrodynamics, GN&C, and space system engineering to meet the tight requirements posed by these novel space architectures. The most recent mission concepts developed by Dr. D'Amico are a miniaturized distributed occulter/telescope (mDOT) system for direct imaging of exozodiacal dust and exoplanets and the Autonomous Nanosatellite Swarming (ANS) mission for characterization of small celestial bodies. D’Amico’s research is supported by NASA, AFRL, AFOSR, KACST, and Industry. He is member of the advisory board of startup companies such as Capella Space Corp and Infinite Orbits. He is member of the Space-Flight Mechanics Technical Committee of the AAS, Associate Fellow of AIAA, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics. Dr. D’Amico was recipient of the Leonardo 500 Award by the Leonardo da Vinci Society and the Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation, ISSNAF (2019), the Stanford’s Introductory Seminar Excellence Award (2019), the FAI/NAA‘s Group Diploma of Honor (2018), the Exemplary System Engineering Doctoral Dissertation Award by the International Honor Society for Systems Engineering OAA (2016), the DLR’s Sabbatical/Forschungssemester in honor of scientific achievements (2012), the DLR’s Wissenschaft Preis in honor of scientific achievements (2006), and the NASA’s Group Achievement Award for the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, GRACE (2004).