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Simone Battistini

Dr Simone Battistini

Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering

Summary

Simone Battistini joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2019 as a Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering. He holds a PhD in Aerospace Engineering (2013) and a MSc (2009) and a BSc (2006) in Control Engineering, all from Sapienza Università di Roma (Italy).

He has a 10 years’ experience as a researcher and a professional in the area of Aerospace Engineering and Control both at academic and industrial level. His main research interest is related to Guidance, Navigation and Control of aerospace systems.

  • About

    Simone Battistini gained a BSc and a MSc in Control Engineering from Sapienza University of Rome (Italy) in 2006 and 2009, respectively. He obtained a PhD in Aerospace Engineering in 2013 from the School of Aerospace Engineering of Sapienza University of Rome, with a dissertation on the topic of Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) of defense systems. In 2012, as part of his PhD, he was a Visiting Researcher at the Aerospace Department of Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (Israel).

    Again in 2013, he joined the University of Brasilia (UnB) as an Associate Professor in the course of Aerospace Engineering. There he served as a member in the board of regents of the course and was the course leader of several modules (Flight mechanics, Control systems design, Spaceflight mechanics, etc.). He contributed to create the Laboratory of Simulation and Control of Aerospace Systems where several studies from different areas were involved. He was the Principal or Co-Principal Investigator in six successful funding bids in collaboration with Brazilian public institutions.

    In 2017 he was a visiting professor at the course of Aerospace Engineering of the University of Vigo (Spain).

    In 2018 he left UnB and joined MBDA Italy as GNC engineer. There he was responsible for the assessment of new technologies and for the design, simulation, implementation, and testing of GNC solutions for autonomous aerospace vehicles (mainly missiles and UAVs). He represented the company in several meetings at national and international level, including the European Defence Agency CapTech meetings.

    His research interests cover a wide range of themes in Aerospace and Control engineering. The main objective is to find technological solutions that meet the needs of modern aerospace applications, developing new ideas and building upon existing results with an interdisciplinary approach. In particular, he is keen on investigating issues related to GNC in aerospace applications (satellite missions, aerospace platforms and vehicles) and other areas where these concepts can find utilization, as, for example the interactions between the different functions of a GNC system in specific circumstances (uncertain or non-observable systems, multiple autonomous vehicles).

  • Teaching

    Thermofluids

    Aerospace Engineering 

    Flight Mechanics and Simulation (Lev. 6) 

  • Research

    • Title: LAICAnSat airdropped platform
      Funders: Brazilian Research Council (CNpQ), Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), Foundation for the Support to Research in the Federal District (FAP-DF)
      Collaborators: University of Brasilia, University of Nottingham, Montana State University, Brasilia Astronomical Club
    • Title: Attitude Determination and Control for Small Satellites
      Funders: Foundation for the Support to Research in the Federal District (FAP-DF)
      Collaborators: University of Brasilia, University of Nottingham, Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics

    University of Brasilia, University of Nottingham, Montana State University, Brasilia Astronomical Club, Keldysh Institute for Applied Mathematics 

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Ovchinnikov, M.Y., Roldugin, D.S., Borges, R.A., Cappelletti, C., & Battistini, S. (2020). Modeling a Satellite Mockup’s Angular Motion on an Air Bearing with Uniaxial Magnetic Attitude Control. Mathematical Models and Computer Simulations, 12 (4), 474-481. http://doi.org/10.1134/S2070048220040146

    Silva, R.C.D., Ishioka, I.S.K., Cappelletti, C., Battistini, S., & Borges, R.A. (2019). Helmholtz Cage Design and Validation for Nanosatellites HWIL Testing. IEEE Trans. Aerospace and Electronic Systems, 55, 3050-3061.

    Silva, R.C.D., Guimarães, F.C., Loiola, J.V.L.D., Borges, R.A., Battistini, S., & Cappelletti, C. (2018). Tabletop Testbed for Attitude Determination and Control of Nanosatellites. Journal of Aerospace Engineering, 32 (1), 04018122. http://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)AS.1943-5525.0000952

    Cappelletti, C., Battistini, S., & Graziani, F. (2018). Small launch platforms for micro-satellites. Advances in Space Research, 62 (12), 3298-3304. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.asr.2018.05.004

    Menegaz, H.M.T., & Battistini, S. (2018). Switching multiple model filter for boost-phase missile tracking. IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, 54 (5), 2547-2553. http://doi.org/10.1109/TAES.2018.2822118

    Santilli, G., Vendittozzi, C., Cappelletti, C., Battistini, S., & Gessini, P. (2018). CubeSat constellations for disaster management in remote areas. Acta Astronautica, 145, 11-17. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2017.12.050

    Battistini, S., Cappelletti, C., & Graziani, F. (2016). Results of the attitude reconstruction for the UniSat-6 microsatellite using in-orbit data. Acta Astronautica, 127, 87-94. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2016.05.020

    Battistini, S., & Shima, T. (2014). Differential games missile guidance with bearings-only measurements. IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, 50 (4), 2906-2915. http://doi.org/10.1109/TAES.2014.130366

    Conference papers

    Honda, Y.H.M., Alves, M.F.S., de Melo, A.C.C.P., Borges, R.A., Battistini, S., Barcelos Junior, M.N.D., & Cappelletti, C. (2019). Development of an altitude control system for the LAICAnSat platform. 2019 IEEE Aerospace Conference. http://doi.org/10.1109/aero.2019.8741397

    de Melo, A.C.C.P., Guimaraes, F.C., Honda, Y.H.M., Borges, R.A., Haddad, S.A.P., Battistini, S., & Cappelletti, C. (2019). Design Analysis of a New On-Board Computer for the LAICAnSat Platform. 2019 IEEE Aerospace Conference. http://doi.org/10.1109/aero.2019.8742140

    De Loiola, J.V.L., Van Der Ploeg, L.C., Cardoso Da Silva, R., Guimarães, F.C., Borges, R.A., Borges, G.A., ... Cappelletti, C. (2018). 3 Axis simulator of the Earth magnetic field. IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings, 2018-March, 1-8. http://doi.org/10.1109/AERO.2018.8396570

    Borges, R.A., De Moura Corrêa, L.T., Guimarães, S.C., Cristina Dos Santos, A., Battistini, S., & Cappelletti, C. (2018). LAICAnSat-5: A mission for recording the total solar eclipse from the stratosphere. IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings, 2018-March, 1-7. http://doi.org/10.1109/AERO.2018.8396703

    Da Silva, R.C., Borges, R.A., Battistini, S., & Cappelletti, C. (2018). Center of mass compensation of a nanosatellite testbed based on the extended Kalman filter. Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, 163, 595-606.

    Ishioka, I.S.K., Battistini, S., Cappelletti, C., & Borges, R.A. (2018). Design and development of an active magnetic actuator for attitude control system of nanosatellites. Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, 163, 327-342.

    De Loiola, J.V.L., Da Silva, L.M.B., Battistini, S., Borges, R.A., & Cappelletti, C. (2018). Development of a hardware-in-the-loop test platform for nanosatellites adcs integrated with an UKF. Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, 163, 365-373.

    Holanda, M.A.L., Borges, R.A., Honda, Y.M., & Battistini, S. (2017). Trajectory control system for the LAICAnSat-3 mission. IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings. http://doi.org/10.1109/AERO.2017.7943614

    Battistini, S., & Menegaz, H.M.T. (2017). Interacting multiple model unscented filter for tracking a ballistic missile during its boost phase. IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings. http://doi.org/10.1109/AERO.2017.7943795

    Santilli, G., Cappelletti, C., Battistini, S., & Vendittozzi, C. (2016). Disaster management of remote areas by constellation of CubeSats. Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC.

    Battistini, S., Cappelletti, C., & Graziani, F. (2016). An attitude determination and control system for a nano-satellite alternative launch platform. Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC.

    Battistini, S., Cappelletti, C., & Graziani, F. (2015). Attitude determination for the unisat-6 microsatellite. Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC, 7, 5628-5635.

    Noronha, B.H.A., Silva, A.V.S., Borges, R.A., & Battistini, S. (2015). System identification of a square parachute and payload for the LAICAnSat. IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings, 2015-June. http://doi.org/10.1109/AERO.2015.7119034

    Nehme, P.H.D., Borges, R.A., Cappelletti, C., & Battistini, S. (2014). Development of a meteorology and remote sensing experimental platform: The LAICAnSat-1. IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings. http://doi.org/10.1109/AERO.2014.6836250

    Battistini, S., & Shima, T. (2013). Differential games missile guidance with bearings-only measurements. Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 4218-4223. http://doi.org/10.1109/CDC.2013.6760537

    Cappelletti, C., Paolillo, F., Battistini, S., Guarducci, F., & Ridolfi, L. (2010). Alere flammam. 61st International Astronautical Congress 2010, IAC 2010, 2, 1100-1104.

  • Other activities

    • Reviewer for several international journals
    • Scientific and organizing committee of the IAA Conference on University Satellite Missions and Cubesat Workshop
    • Scientific and organizing committee of the IAA Latin American Cubesat Workshop
    • Panel member for the selection of Associate Professors at University of Brasilia and Federal University of Santa Catarina
    • Consultant on small satellites attitude determination and control systems for the Italian company GAUSS

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