Dr. Elena Fantino obtained her PhD degree in Space Sciences and Technology from the University of Padua in Italy with a thesis on space astrometry and ESA's Hipparcos mission. She worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the Astronomy Department of the same university in satellite geodesy developing algorithms for satellite gravity gradiometry in connection with ESA's GOCE mission. She developed tasks of mission analysis for the UV telescope UVISS of ASI and carried out a feasibility study for the German astrometry mission DIVA. After working at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) in Barcelona as a Marie Curie Fellow in dynamical systems applied to space mission design, she served as a lecturer and an associate professor at the School of Aeronautical Engineering (UPC). Between 2015 and 2017, she had a leading role in the mission analysis of the Small Mars System, a project supported by the European Space Agency. She joined the Aerospace Engineering Department of Khalifa University in 2017.