Dr. Elena Fantino

Dr. Elena Fantino

Assistant Professor,  Department of Aerospace Engineering

Address: Abu Dhabi, UAE, P.O. Box: 127788

Telephone: +971 (0)2 501 8312

Fax: +971 (0)2 447 2442

Email:  elena.fantino@ku.ac.ae


Elena Fantino graduated with M.Sc. (Astronomy, 1997) and Ph.D. (Space Sciences and Technologies, 2001) from the University of Padua (Italy).  She spent two years at the Royal Greenwich Observatory and the Institute of Astronomy of the University of Cambridge (UK) as a visiting student and a research assistant before joining the Astronomy Department of the University of Padua as a research assistant (2004). In 2008 she became Marie Curie Experienced Researcher in the “AstroNet” Marie Curie Research Training Network and became a member of the Dynamical Systems Group in Barcelona (Spain). In 2010 she became Lecturer at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Graduate School of Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering), where she then served as an Associate Professor from 2012 to 2016. She is research fellow of the Space Studies Institute of Catalonia in Barcelona and of the Space Dynamics Group of the Polytechnic University of Madrid.  Her teaching records encompass all subjects of space mission design and space physics, and include coordination and curriculum design responsibilities. Her research interests are in astrodynamics and celestial mechanics with special emphasis on orbit design (geocentric satellites, deep space and planetary probes). She holds a remarkable record of participation in space mission activities (ESA’s astrometry mission Hipparcos, DLR’s astrometry mission DIVA, ASI’s space telescope UVISS,  ESA’s Mars lander SMS) with experience in attitude determination, data processing, trajectory design, mission engineering, payload concept design and operations, terrestrial gravity field modelling, spacecraft configuration design.

  • Ph.D.,Ph.D., Space Sciences and Technologies, Università degli Studi di Padova, Padua (Italy), 2001
  • M.Sc., Astronomy, Università degli Studi di Padova, Padua (Italy), 1997
  • Astrodynamics
  • Spacecraft design
  • strodynamics
  • Celestial Mechanics
  • Space Mission Analysis and Design

2017: Fantino, E., Flores, R. M., Di Carlo, et al., On geosynchronous inclined orbits for high-latitude communications, Acta Astronautica 140, 570-582. DOI: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2017.09.014

2017: Fantino, E., Grassi, M., Pasolini, P. et al., The Small Mars System, Acta Astronautica 137, 168-181, DOI:10.1016/j.actaastro.2017.04.024

2017: Fantino, E. Castelli, R., Efficient design of direct low-energy transfers in multi-moon systems, Celestial Mechanics & Dynamical Astronomy 127, 429-450, DOI: 10.1007/s10569-016-9733-9

2017: Manente, M., Trezzolani, F., Magarotto, M., Fantino, E., Toson, E, Pavarin, D., A Low-Cost Helicon Propulsion System to Boost Small Satellite Missions, Proceedings of the 68th International Astronautical Congress, Adelaide (Australia), 25 29 September, IAC-17,C4,8-B4.5A,2,x39049

2016: Fantino, E. Castelli, R., Two-body approximations in the design of low-energy transfers between Galilean moons, in Astrodynamics Network – Astronet-II. The final conference (Gómez G. and Masdemont J. eds.), 77-86, Springer, ISBN: 978-3-319-23984-2

2016: Fantino, E., Aurigemma, R., Causa, F., et al., The Small Mars Satellite: a European small-size Mars lander, Proceedings of the 7thInternational Conference on Systems & Concurrent Engineering for Space Applications – SECESA 2016, Madrid (Spain), October 5 – 7

2016: Pasolini, P., Aurigemma, R., Causa, F., Cimminiello, N., de la Torre, D., Dell’Aversana, P.,Esposito, F., Fantino, E., Gramiccia, L., Grassi, M., Molfese, C., Pasolini, P., Paudice, F., Punzo,F., Savino, R., Zuppardi, G., Proceedings of the 67th International Astronautical Congress 2016 Guadalajara (Mexico), September 26 – 30

2015: Fantino, E., Flores Le Roux, R.M., Di Salvo, A., Di Carlo, M., Analysis of perturbations and station-keeping requirements in highly-inclined geosynchronous orbits, Proceedings of the 25thInternational Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics (ISSFD2015), Munich (Germany), October 19- 23

2015: de la Torre Sangrà, D., Fantino, E., Review of Lambert’s Problem, Proceedings of the 25th International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics (ISSFD2015), Munich (Germany), October 19- 23