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Tantardini M.,Agenzia Spaziale Italiana ASI | Flamini E.,Italian Space Agency ASI | Capaccioni F.,Institute for Space Astrophysics and Planetology IAPS | Casalino L.,Polytechnic University of Turin | And 16 more authors.
Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC | Year: 2016

As part of its Journey to Mars strategy, NASA announced the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) program, composed of the Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission (ARRM) first and then the Asteroid Redirect Crew Mission (ARCM). In the ARRM the Asteroid Redirect Vehicle (ARV), powered by advanced Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP), is deployed to rendezvous with a large NEO, being 2008 EV5 the current reference asteroid target. The ARV will characterize the asteroid, descend, and capture a boulder from the asteroid surface. As written in the NASA Formulation Assessment and Support Team (FAST) report released in February 2016, based on radar imaging and size distribution power laws that have been seen in data from laboratory experiments and spacecraft observations of other asteroids, 2008 EV5 is expected to have 3,000-16,000 boulders with 1-5 m diameters and 360-1,300 boulders with 2-3 m diameters. Once the boulder is captured, the ARV will perform a planetary defense test, by applying the enhanced gravity tractor technique, and then fly back towards Earth to take the boulder in a stable Lunar Distant Retrograde Orbit (DRO), as the DRO that Orion, launched on SLS, will target in Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1) scheduled for 2018. The Italian Space Agency (ASI) is considering the opportunity to participate to the NASA ARM program, beginning with a possible Italian contribution to the ARRM. Options include payloads and instruments to be accommodated on the ARV (such as a stereo camera and VIS-NIR spectrometer, possibly integrated in a newly designed instrument able to produce 3D hyper spectral images, dedicated to the asteroid surface and asteroid boulder characterization, a drill for sampling asteroid material, a sounding radar to study the internal structure of the asteroid), space communications and tracking (such as the potential use of the 64 meter Sardinia Radio Telescope (SRT) for a spacecraft telecommunications and tracking demonstration of ARRM, supplementing and in collaboration with NASA's Deep Space Network), and trajectory analysis (to provide low thrust trajectory analysis of ARRM). In this paper all these options will be briefly described.

Della Torre A.,Carlo Gavazzi Space SpA | Ercoli Finzi A.,Polytechnic of Milan | Genta G.,Polytechnic University of Turin | Curti F.,University of Rome La Sapienza | And 10 more authors.
Acta Astronautica | Year: 2010

The paper provides an overview of the conceptual design of the Lunar Rover conceived by Team Italia for the AMALIA Mission, candidate for the Google Lunar X Prize Challenge. The name of the mission is an acronym of the Latin language sentence "Ascensio Machinae Ad Lunam Italica Arte". With the Lunar Challenge initiative, the X Prize Foundation intends to promote the involvement of private actors in the access to space, by endowing a prize to the first privately funded lunar mission covering a certain minimum distance on the Moon surface. Additional prizes are available in case of achievement of more challenging goals, like surviving lunar night, travelling for a longer distance, visiting areas of the first Apollo Missions. Although the AMALIA Rover Subsystems are the typical ones of an Exploration Rover, their design is highly influenced by the above depicted mission context. The followed design approach is closer to the one of a commercial mission than to an Institutional Space Exploration Mission one. It has to be noted that, for being compliant with GLXP rules, at least 90% of funds required for competing in the Prize has to come from private or non-governmental sources. The achievement of such challenging goals requires adopting suitable technical and programmatic solutions, having the need to optimize costs and schedule while still maximizing the probability of success. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Martucci G.,Advanced Logistics Technology Engineering Center | Musso I.,ALTEC | Veneri R.,ALTEC | Martino M.,ALTEC | Ciampolini A.,ALTEC
62nd International Astronautical Congress 2011, IAC 2011 | Year: 2011

Starting from the experience acquired for Shuttle Multi Purpose Logistics Module and Columbus operations for the International Space Station, ALTEC is preparing to become a multi-purpose Space Support and Control Centre in preparation to international missions requiring decentralized control processes. Against the usual approach of a specialized and centralized control centre the paper discusses the effectiveness of a network of multi-purpose remote centers which can compose a distributed infrastructure providing higher stability and cost reduction. Moreover the proposed approach implies a better diffusion and sharing of space knowledge with an enlargement of the possible technology return and dissemination to universities and enterprises. Authors provide the overview of the new studies ALTEC is performing to collect knowledge and models necessary to support and lead multi-purpose operations. In particular the following cases have been described: the extended ISS missions, re-entry capsule and planetary robots. Architectural concepts are analyzed starting from a limited to a complete decentralized approach: local monitoring using web based interfaces (Web-RM), local commanding via centralization node (ISS paradigm) and independent collaborating control centres (Galileo constellation). Copyright ©2010 by the International Astronautical Federation. All rights reserved.

Pinni M.E.,ALTEC | Bade A.,Airbus | Illmer N.,ESA EAC | Seine R.,ESA EAC
Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC | Year: 2012

Emergency training for ISS crew members is implemented to ensure the crew handles potentially life threatening situations in a structured, agreed way. Past events have shown that there is a potential for fires, depressurisation, and atmosphere contamination. NASA as the ISS Integrator has the ultimate responsibility for overall ISS safety. However, since all Partners contribute with certain elements, it has been decided that element-level emergency training for the crew shall be performed by the partners in preparation of integrated emergency training. ESA is implementing a dedicated training for Emergency Response in the Columbus module at the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne. The ESA Emergency training was developed by the Columbus Systems Instructor Team. The content and conduct of this training are presented in this paper. The Columbus Emergency Training largely focuses on the fire cases and is harmonised with the NASA emergency training. Differences between NASA and ESA hardware and software are emphasised. The Emergency Training occurs early in the Columbus training flow, and it relies on the basic knowledge of the Columbus module and its subsystems. Basic system knowledge is necessary to ensure situational awareness throughout the emergency, and may also allow for an early detection of a contingency situation. Maintaining safety also requires validated procedures, to be followed precisely and in close coordination with the Flight Control Teams on ground. Communication, both written and oral, should be explicit, clear and concise. During Columbus Emergency training all this is practised in conditions as realistic as possible. Key tasks and safety-relevant information are stressed and repeated throughout the entire Columbus training from the first lesson up to on-board drills. Repetition of theory and practice, along with memorizing response actions and facts, has the goal of building "automatic" reactions which is crucial for crew to act decisively under stress. Crew feedback was essential in the early training implementation to improve lessons, training material, and most importantly, the Columbus Emergency procedures. This paper will present a summary of EAC Columbus Emergency Training development, key crew tasks, lesson overview, interface with the NASA training counterpart, and facilities used, along with possible future developments. Copyright© (2012) by the International Astronautical Federation.

News Article | November 29, 2016

Altec Products, Inc., a leader in enterprise document management and workflow solutions, announced today that April Blankenship, Director of Marketing, has been appointed to the Information Technology Alliance (ITA) Board of Directors. Blankenship’s term began September 1, 2016 and will last four years. The Information Technology Alliance is an independent, membership association of top mid-market technology professionals, consultants and product/service providers in North America. Top IT consultants and service providers, software publishers, and internal technology leaders of many large CPA firms converge twice each year to share information and best practices to improve the way technology organizations conduct business. A six-year ITA member, Altec is a proud ITA Alliance Partner member. Blankenship herself has been an active participant in all ITA conferences since 2010. She has held a role on numerous Collaborative Planning Committees; she is a 2016 ITA Leadership Alliance (ILA) graduate; she helped launch the Women in Leadership Special Interest Group in 2015; and she held the role of Consulting and Reselling Chair for the Spring 2015 Collaborative Planning Committee. Altec Chief Revenue Officer Don Howren applauds April’s achievement: “Altec has always been honored to contribute to an invaluable organization like the ITA. Now, we are proud that April will hold a position essential to continuing the myriad benefits ITA provides its members. We are delighted for her as she starts her term.” Blankenship brings with her over sixteen years of mid-market business application experience. Blankenship also plays an integral role leading many software industry organizations. She serves the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) as a chair member, is a member of the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) Partner Executive Board (PEB), and is part of the Dynamic Communities Advisory Board. ITA President Stan Mork congratulates Blankenship, commenting, “ITA’s commitment to its members is ever-present during board member selection. April has made herself indispensable to countless ITA initiatives and we are happy to have her join the board. I very much look forward to working with April.” ITA’s next conference is the 2016 Fall ITA Collaborative which takes place December 4th through 6th at the M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Blankenship will attend and co-moderate the ILA Alumni Special Interest Group breakout session during the event. Members from Altec’s sales, marketing, product development, and professional services departments will join Blankenship at the fall collaborative, including Channel Program Manager Gabriela Morales who will serve as co-facilitator in the Women in Leadership Special Interest Group session and co-presenter in a Young Leaders Special Interest Group session. For more information on the Information Technology Alliance, visit Altec is a leading provider of integrated document management and workflow solutions. Its flagship product, DocLink, enables companies to capture, archive, workflow, and route any document for any process, anywhere. Connecting data for thousands of customers globally, Altec also enjoys strong, collaborative partnerships with ERP solution providers such as Epicor, Microsoft, Sage, and SAP B1 to provide the most comprehensive enterprise document management solution. Learn more at The Information Technology Alliance (ITA) is an independent, membership association of leading mid-market technology professionals, consultants, and product/service providers in North America. Our primary objective is to create a community where members share information and build relationships that improve the way they, and their clients, do business.

Billig G.,European Space Agency | Gallego J.M.,European Space Agency | Santoro G.,Thales Alenia | Bellomo A.,ALTEC | And 3 more authors.
14th International Conference on Space Operations, 2016 | Year: 2016

The Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) is an ESA re-entry demonstrator that performed, on the 11th February 2015, a successful re-entry demonstration mission. The project objectives were the design, development, manufacturing and on ground and in flight verification of an autonomous European lifting body and aerodynamically controlled re-entry system. The key elements of the IXV mission were: Launch from Kourou with Vega, a quasi-Equatorial trajectory followed by a re-entry and splash down in the Pacific Ocean. Four distinctive phases formed the 100-minutes flight: Suborbital, Re-entry, Descent and Splash down. This paper describes the concept, architecture and operations of the ESA Intermediate Experimental Vehicle (IXV) Ground Segment and outlines the main operations and lessons learned during the preparation and successful execution of the IXV Mission. The IXV Ground Segment architecture had to be designed starting from the mission requirements with the identification of the ground elements required to comply with the operation needs. These elements identified through the design loop were the Mission Control Centre, the fixed Ground Stations of Libreville and Malindi and the Naval Station as well as the related Telecommunications Network. Of particular interest is the development and operation of the naval station embarked on-board the recovery ship. Specific hardware and strategies to ensure the acquisition of signal after the re-entry black-out had to be identified. In addition, the interface control with the recovery ship had to be tackled well in advance to ensure a smooth installation and operation. This paper will also address the attention given during the development and procurement of the ground segment elements to their subsequent use within the ESA Launchers ground segment, even if the IXV was intended to perform a unique flight. Compatibility issues between the spacecraft and the launcher worlds were taken into account. Specific mention is made of the telecommunications network linking the ground stations with the Mission Control Centre. It will be explained the aspects that had to be considered to adapt the use of a commercial satellite network like Inmarsat to the operational needs of the mission. Some considerations are given to an aspect purely linked to the atmospheric flight: The need for a campaign of meteorological sounding balloons launches in the re-entry area during the days prior to the mission. The last section gives some preliminary follow-on ideas, in particular in the frame of the Innovative Space Vehicle (ISV) within ESA’s PRIDE programme (Programme for a Re-usable In-orbit Demonstrator for Europe). © 2016, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA. All rights reserved.

Martucci di Scarfizzi G.,ALTEC | Bellomo A.,ALTEC | Musso I.,ALTEC | Bussi D.,ALTEC | And 4 more authors.
Acta Astronautica | Year: 2015

The Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) is an ESA re-entry demonstrator that performed, on the 11th February of 2015, a successful re-entry demonstration mission. The project objectives were the design, development, manufacturing and on ground and in flight verification of an autonomous European lifting and aerodynamically controlled re-entry system.For the IXV mission a dedicated Ground Segment was provided. The main subsystems of the IXV Ground Segment were: IXV Mission Control Center (MCC), from where monitoring of the vehicle was performed, as well as support during pre-launch and recovery phases; IXV Ground Stations, used to cover IXV mission by receiving spacecraft telemetry and forwarding it toward the MCC; the IXV Communication Network, deployed to support the operations of the IXV mission by interconnecting all remote sites with MCC, supporting data, voice and video exchange.This paper describes the concept, architecture, development, implementation and operations of the ESA Intermediate Experimental Vehicle (IXV) Ground Segment and outlines the main operations and lessons learned during the preparation and successful execution of the IXV Mission. © 2015 IAA.

O'Mullane W.,European Space Agency | Beck M.,ISDC | De Angeli F.,IoA | Hoar J.,ESA ESAC | And 3 more authors.
EAS Publications Series | Year: 2011

A considerable amount of computing power is needed for Gaia data processing during the mission. A pan European system of six data centres are working together to perform different parts of the processing and combine the results. Data processing estimates suggest around 1020 FLOP total processing is required. Data will be transferred daily around Europe and with a final raw data volume approaching 100 TB. With these needs in mind the centres are already gearing up for Gaia. We present the status and plans of the Gaia Data Processing Centres. © EAS, EDP Sciences 2011.

Coradini M.,European Space Agency | Canu C.,Italian Space Agency | Flamini E.,Italian Space Agency | Pognant P.,ALTEC | And 3 more authors.
62nd International Astronautical Congress 2011, IAC 2011 | Year: 2011

The scope of this paper is to describe the Planetary Environment Surface and Subsurface Emulation Facility (PESSEF) in terms of scenario, major requirements, elements, Martian and Lunar analogues for an indoor rover facility, positioning modelling and configuration. The design and realisation of PESSEF has been elaborated taking into account some ground rules and taking into account some specific aspects like its accommodation in the ALTEC infrastructure, which is feasible and not imposing severe constraints on the existing building, services and infrastructures. In addition the maximum utilization of the existing structures and services is allowed and considered together with the utilization of standard equipment. PESSEF has been designed also to minimize the operational and maintenance costs. The Mission of the PESSEF will be to allow the execution of activities aimed to: the confirmation of the suitability of future probes and robotic systems with respect to the expected environment; the verification of the compatibility of their design and operations. A further key aspect of PESSEF is to provide the support for the training of the ground operators and the execution of significant outreach and education activities. The future robotic explorations will require the development of systems and sub-systems, not limited only to the locomotion aspects, for which specific new laboratories or facilities would be useful (power generation, sample containment, rendezvous, etc.). Furthermore, the exploration programmes will generate and will be accompanied by substantial education and outreach activities. These activities must be necessarily based also on physical elements (e.g. mock-ups, simulated environments), and shall be conveniently coordinated by a recognizable "High-Tech Centre". Copyright ©2010 by the International Astronautical Federation. All rights reserved.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Omidyar Network, Fundación Avina, and Avina Americas have today launched the Latin American Alliance for Civic Technology (ALTEC). The $3.5M fund will support the development and promotion of civic tech platforms created to increase...

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