Simone D’Amico

Simone D’Amico

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Stanford University
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Region 6 (Western U.S.)
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Aerospace Systems Integration Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Avionics Systems, Navigation Systems, Space Systems, Systems Engineering, Target Tracking Systems
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Simone D’Amico is Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AA), W.M. Keck Faculty Scholar in the School of Engineering, and Professor of Geophysics (by Courtesy). He is the Founding Director of the Stanford Space Rendezvous Laboratory, Director of the Undergraduate Program in Aerospace Engineering, and Co-Director of the Center for AEroSpace Autonomy Research (CAESAR) at Stanford. He has 20+ years of experience in research and development of autonomous spacecraft and distributed space systems, including multi-agent architectures such as “rendezvous, proximity operations, and capture”, “satellite formation-flying and swarms”, “fractionated spacecraft”, and “mega-constellations”. He developed the distributed Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) system of several such missions and is currently the institutional PI of three autonomous satellite swarms funded by NASA and NSF with one of them operational in orbit right now. Besides academia, Dr. D’Amico is in the Advisory Board of four space start-ups focusing on distributed space systems for future applications in SAR remote sensing, orbital lifetime prolongation, and space-based solar power. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from Politecnico di Milano (2003) and the Ph.D. degree from Delft University of Technology (2010). Before Stanford, Dr. D’Amico was research scientist and team leader at the German Aerospace Center (DLR). He was the recipient of several awards, including the 2020 M. Barry Carlton Award, Best Paper Awards at IAF (2022), IEEE (2021), AIAA (2021), AAS (2019) conferences, the Leonardo 500 Award by the Leonardo da Vinci Society/ISSNAF (2019), FAI/NAA’s Group Diploma of Honor (2018), DLR’s Sabbatical/Forschungssemester (2012) and Wissenschaft Preis (2006), and NASA’s Group Achievement Award for the GRACE mission (2004).

  • 2020 M. Barry Carlton Award
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