Dario Pisanti


Ciclo: XXXVI

Supervisor(s): Prof. Michele Grassi, Prof. Giancarmine Fasano, Prof. Salvatore Capozziello

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  • I am an Aerospace Engineer and a Ph.D. student in Cosmology, Space Science and Space Technology, interested in multidisciplinary research topics involving autonomous multi-agent systems in space science and exploration.

    I graduated cum laude in Aerospace Engineering and Astronautics at the University of Naples Federico II (Italy), with an experimental thesis on graphene enhanced Loop Heat Pipes for thermal management in Space, developed at the Microgravity Research Centre of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium).

    During my education and training, I have been involved in research experiences and experimental activities in multiple contexts of space science and engineering, within international frameworks. These include the participation in an ESA Parabolic Flight Campaign to run experiments on artificial self-emulsification of chemical systems in low gravity (Bordeaux, France), the design of a lunar experiment on Cyanobacteria for space radiation protection and self-sustainable life-support systems (Bangalore, India), and experimental investigations on thermal control systems in micro-gravity (Bruxelles, Belgium).

    Actually, I am an intern at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in the Maritime and Multi-Agent Autonomy group (347N) of the JPL Mobility and Robotics Systems – Section 347, in the frame of the JPL Visiting Student Research Program (JVRSP). My research work is actually focused on the Lunar Crater Radio Telescope (LCRT) project, a Phase II proposal of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program to design a radio telescope on the far-side of the Moon. Observing the early Universe in the 10-100 m wavelength band, the LCRT aims at studying the evolution of the neutral intergalactic medium during Dark Ages, by tracking the 21cm signal of neutral Hydrogen at different redshifts.

    My current tasks in the LCRT project:

    • Develop and validate a Science Traceability Matrix (STM)
    • Develop¬† a forward science model:
      • Dark Ages 21cm signal and Galactic Foreground modeling
      • Postprocessing pipeline development for foreground mitigation and Dark Ages signal retrieval
    • Develop technologies for the Concept of Operations (ConOps):
      • Assessment of LCRT mass, data and power budgets
      • Tests on lunar anchors prototypes for the radio telescope deployment