Scientific Program

Day 1

Day 1


    Exos Aerospace

    John M Quinn started his career as a member of the US Navy’s Silent Service. Having traversed the depths of the ocean, developed control engineering skills and built a few engineering companies, he shifted his focus to a quest for space. To achieve this endeavour, John joined his friend and mentor. David Mitchell (most commonly known as a 4th Generation Texas Oil man, founder of TRADE way and Pastor) to cofound and lead Exos through the development of reusable rockets. John is passionate about the space and believes the next breakthrough in Industry, biotech and education will be found in the microgravity of space. Exos is nearing completion of their reusable SARGE suborbital launcher that is the technological basis for their orbital launcher technologies. By proving their technologies on a reusable suborbital vehicle, Exos can mitigate risk of entry as they the race to provide reusable orbital capability to the micro and nanosat markets.


    Statement of the Problem: Exos believes it’s far to hard to get research pay¬loads to space and we’ve made it our quest to do something about it. Utilizing our SPACEedu… program we can help educators put payloads in space in as little as 60 days (and that’s because the regulations have not caught up with our capabilities yet and that’s how long it takes for payload reviews in the US). Next our SPACEaid… program will allow us to conduct hundreds of biomedical research experiments (per flight) aboard our reusable launch vehicles that are built to be turned around and flown again within a few days of recovery. And fi¬nally our third area of focus is SPACEbuild… where we envision companies us¬ing the microgravity and vacuum environment of space to manufacture goods that simply cannot be manufactured or compounds that can’t be blended in the earth’s atmosphere. Exos is excited to share our flight experience with you at the Satellite and Space and Conference and open your eyes to the possibili¬ties frequent suborbital and small orbital launches can enable.


    Politecnico di Bari

    Claudia Barile is a Lecturer of Department of Me¬chanics, Mathematics and Management at the Politecnico di Bari since April 2017. She achieved the Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Magna cum laude in July 2008 at the Politecnico di Bari. She got the PhD title on February 2012 in Advanced Production Systems at the Politecnico di Bari. Her research activities are mainly focused on the mechanical characterization of materials (composites, metals, polymers, etc.) with both tra¬ditional and innovative experimental techniques. She has published 19 papers in scientific impact¬ed journals, 1 book chapter, and 2 books. She has 23 indexed conference papers. The h-index of the author is 9 with a total of 195 citations. She has also published 6 papers in a no-indexed journal. She took part in many international and national conferences as relator.


    In the last years Composites Fibres Reinforced Plastics materials are increas¬ing their use in structural applications for aerospace industry. The aim of en¬suring high performances is based on a deep knowledge of the mechanical re¬sponse of the composite components in different workloads. Components are exposed to severe environmental conditions characteristic of flight settings, as elevated temperatures close to engines and/or cold temperatures. The typ¬ical assembly of composites consists of multiple layers stacked together in a specified sequence. Layers could be arranged with different orientations, different sequences and different technological procedure for supplying pre¬cise mechanical properties that need to be studied. The introduction of new peculiarities, able to improve mechanical properties of composites, is also in¬vestigated. It refers to an unconventional fibres’ disposition combined with the through-the-thickness stitching on the in-plane mechanical properties of com¬posites. Conventional carbon fibres arrangement is commonly referred to a Cartesian coordinate system. Fibres are positioning in bundles along different angle orientations respect to the zero lamina. The use of a polar coordinate system of continue carbon tow is now introduced to create specimens as well as complex geometry components simply. This approach aims to introduce several benefits in the material’s manufacturing strategy and if compared with the conventional process seems to be very promising by reducing delamina¬tion phenomena.


    Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

    Bettina Mrusek received her PhD Degree in Business administration from Northcentral University in 2016. She has done MBA from Park University and is cur¬rently pursuing a Master of Science in Aeronautics, specializing in Space studies and unmanned system from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. She is cur¬rently an assistant professor for the College of Aero-nautics, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Her re¬search interests include aircraft maintenance, human factors, management, and unmanned systems.


    While there are thousands of satellites orbiting the Earth’s atmosphere, many are not in use due to unforeseen or unavoidable conditions. De¬spite the intense testing of these systems prior to launch, the unforgiving en¬vironment of space disrupts the operation of these satellites, rendering them inoperable. This presents a significant financial loss, while also contributing to space debris. The projected number of satellites scheduled to enter into low Earth orbit is expected to rise substantially over the next decade. There¬fore, the associated financial losses due to inoperable satellites will likely rise as well, as will the potential of space debris colliding with other satellites or crashing back to Earth. Although rendered inoperable, many of the individual components are still valuable, which presents another opportunity for wasted resources if the satellites cannot be retrieved. Advances in unmanned tech¬nology, however, may provide an opportunity to repair these satellites. Lever¬aging robotics, avionics, and autonomous operations with unmanned space¬craft platforms may allow for the development of a spacecraft that can repair the satellite in orbit. However, the specific requirements needed to launch an unmanned spacecraft into low Earth orbit with repair and maintenance capa¬bilities must be first be identified. In this exploratory paper, the author will employ a qualitative research approach in the form of a literature review and corresponding comparative analysis to gain insight into the feasibility of an unmanned robotic spacecraft that can autonomously repair inoperable satel¬lites. Financial and feasibility elements will be reviewed to determine the most efficient and practical platforms that can be developed and used as potential prototypes for the identified mission.

John M Quinn
    Maria Claudia Rodriguez
    National University of Rio Cuarto

    Maria Claudia Rodriguez has completed his PhD in Rio Cuarto University, Argentina and posdoctorate in Polytechnic University Madrid Spain. She has published papers, chapters of the books, book. She is a researcher,consultant in water quality management, risk, wastewater treatment.


    Lakes and reservoirs are strategic locations for the environment and the so¬ciety that are exposed to environmental degradation as result of human ac¬tivities. Agencies responsible for the management of these resources require the development of new technological tools to extend its scope. The objective of this project is to develop an integral program of comparative monitoring of water quality and trophic state in a system of chained reservoirs in Córdoba, Argentina. Bimonthly water samplings are going to be performed in the mul¬tipurpose reservoirs Cerro Pelado, Rio Tercero, Cassaffousth, Reolín, Piedras Moras. Physicochemical and biological variables measure in reservoirs and their tributaries will be statistically analyzed. Water quality and trophic status will be determined by conventional techniques. Preprocessed Landsat ETM+, LDCM, CBERS-4, ASTER and MODIS satellite images will be used to generate geostatistical models to determine and predict spatio-temporal water quali¬ty patterns. Maps and generated models will be related to trophic index ob¬taining a geographic information system (GIS) that will be used to identify and distinguish spatio-temporal changes in trophic state of reservoirs. The developed system could be used by watershed authorities as a new tool for the active management of reservoirs, allowing the development of an early warning system to monitor changes in water quality, reducing critical areas of risk to public/animal health.

    Marek Tulej
    University Bern

    Marek Tulej has completed his PhD from Basel Universi¬ty, Switzerland. Currently, he is the staff member of plan¬etary sciences and space research division and head of Laser mass spectrometry lab in Physics Institute Bern. He is involved in the development of a miniature analyti¬cal instruments for space missions. Currently, He is a Sci¬ence Group Member for the missions to The Moon (Luna Glob, Luna Resurs) and Jupiter satellites(JUICE). Marek has published more than 80 papers in reputed journals and have been serving as an editorial board member, journal and proposal reviewer.


    Statement of the Problem: JUICE, the L-class mission of ESA to explore the Jupiter system will deliver chemical measurements of the Jupiter satellites exospheres, the icy moons Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. One of the in¬struments in the PEP consortium employed on the mission will the neutral gas mass spectrometer as part of the particle consortium (PEP). We develop prototypes of the instrument to test against the physical and environmen¬tal conditions expected in the Jupiter environment, and measurements near these moons. The exospheres of the icy moons are populated by material originating directly from the moons’ surfaces, thus NIM measurements can be inverted to derive the chemical composition of the surface. By studying the composition of all three icy moons we will also get crucial information on the evolution of these objects with time, since they started from the same chemical inventory. We started unique laboratory experiments simulating the icy surfaces of these moons and their response to particle radiation in form¬ing their exospheres; in parallel we develop necessary shielding against the high energy radiation to protect the instruments and theoretical models of the atmospheres of these moons, both in preparation of the science phase of this mission

    Thomas D Miyano
    Draconis Aerospace Limited Liability Company

    Thomas Drake Miyano has completed his Masters of Aerospace Engineering Degree from the Ohio State Uni¬versity, USA, and received additional education In space systems operation from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is the officer in charge of CFWP Det AIMD Iwakuni, commands 140 personnel and direct intermediate Lev¬el aerospace maintenance for Carrier Air Wing Five. He is a member of the department of Defense’s acquisition professional community and certified in the field engi¬neering, manufacturing, contracting and program man¬agement..


    The Moon is an ideal location to launch intercepting missions to life-threat¬ening and catastrophic asteroids. The effectiveness of the interception greatly depends on the weight of the spacecraft. Unfortunately, interceptors launched from the Earth lose more than 98% of their weight by burning the majority of their onboard fuel and by jettisoning their lower stage structures before entering a heliocentric orbit. However, if interceptors are launched from the Moon by a lunar surface accelerator, they can enter a heliocentric orbit without consuming any onboard fuel or jettisoning any part of the space¬craft. A 5-ton construction package, which consists of robots and industrial production equipment, would enable mining on the moon and construction of a 3.5 km-long, 5,000-ton accelerator. Large asteroid impacts have and will inevitably occur, and it is important to be prepared to avoid catastrophes, but they may not happen immediately or even within the next fifty years. The future planetary defense system must be a dual-use system, which continuously provides a secondary benefit to justify its operation and maintenance costs. When it is not defending the planet, the Lunar Electromagnetic Interceptor Launch System (LEILAS) can send over a thousand tons of construction material and fuel annually to the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) or Earth-Moon Lagrange Point Two (EML-2) to build space sta¬tions and to construct large spacecraft for deep space missions. The paper has been published via Journal of Space Safety Engineering and available via

    Yannick Melameka
    United Kingdom

    Yannick Melameka has completed his master’s degree in mechanics and at the age of 24 years from Polytech’Mar¬seille Graduate School of Engineering (IUSTI), France. He is a senior thermal engineer with 6 years’ experience in thermal analysis, thermal tests and equipments and sat-ellites 3D modelling for the space industry. Yannick’s ca¬reer started when he joined Thales Alenia Space in Tou¬louse, France as Thermal Engineer. There he tested soft¬ware tools dedicated for the thermal analysis of circuit electronic board. 6 months later, he moved to Cannes, France as spacecraft thermal engineer for Thales Alenia Space with Altran. He was in charge of thermal analyses of SatcomBw2 spacecraft from the predictions of satel¬lite tests temperatures to the predictions of satellite flight final temperatures. After 3 years in Cannes, he moved to Leicester, United Kingdom as senior thermal engineer for ITP aero which is designing ESATAN-TMS. He combined both his expertise on spacecraft thermal engineering and ESATAN-TMS to provide thermal engineering technical services, answer user enquiries regarding the thermal analysis products, offer advice on the use of products and deliver training material. Yannick is now heading up Alphid, a consultancy company he started in 2013.


    The space industry is changing dramatically. Those changes are mainly driven by the pressure to significantly reduce the cost. CubeSat technolo¬gy perfectly effects these changes. CubeSat technology enables easy access to space. Therefore, more people will gain access to the internet. I believe that education is the most powerful tool in the world. Tomorrow, if you provide access to skills and knowledge to anyone in the world, you give the potential to anyone to create or innovate and thus improve our lifestyle. Spacecraft has the power to do so and I want to be part of this by bringing my contribution. By helping to standardize the thermal analyses across the world, I will share my skills and knowledge with the thermal engineers. It is my hope that people will comment, ask questions, or innovate, which will bring additional value to the thermal engineers’ community and the space industry.

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