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IEEE International Workshop Metrology for AeroSpace Time's Up

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 Metrology of a Comet



  • Marcello Coradini, ASI/JPL
  • Enrico Flamini, ASI - Italian Space Agency, Italy


The Rosetta Mission has been producing incredible data in the course of its long orbital phase around comet Churyumov Gerasimenko. The orbital control, the landing of Philae lander, the communication with Earth, as well as the collection of the science data have been an incredible metrological challenge. In the course of this proposed session we will discuss the above challenges with a number of papers covering both the engineering and the science operations of the Rosetta mission.



marcello 2Marcello Coradini started his academic career in Italy during the golden age of planetary exploration in the 70’s and contributed to the establishment of this discipline both in Italy and Europe together with a small group of enthusiastic colleagues.
He joined the European Space Agency on April 1987 with the specific task to initiate a programme of exploration of the Solar System. More recently, he managed the Robotic Exploration Programme (Mars) and consolidated its budget and program structure. Five years ago he moved to JPL as ESA Programs Coordinator.
Marcello Coradini maintains his academic commitments by giving courses of Planetary Sciences and Space System Engineering in several universities. Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, member of the European Geophysical Union, former Editorial Director of the scientific journal “Planetary and Space Science”, member of the Italian Physical Society and Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics. He has authored and/or co-authored more than 140 scientific and engineering papers and 6 books.
In 1991 the International Astronomical Union named after him asteroid 4598 for his contributions to asteroidal science and exploration.


flaminiBorn in Roma in 1951. Married, one daughter.
Graduated at Roma University “ La Sapienza” in 1977, with a thesis on X-Ray analysis using Lunar Apollo Samples.
1977-1983 researcher at the National Research Council. Main research: Thermo-dynamical evolution of Martian surface.
1983-1985 ESA Research Fellow at University of Sussex (UK) on: hypervelocity impacts applied to planetary evolution processes and materials selection for space applications (Giotto HMC).

1985-today: Agenzia Spaziale Italiana – ASI:
QA Manager for the missions : ITALSAT 1&2 , TSS 1 & 1R, MPLM ( phase B), IRIS-LAGEOS II.
PM of the Italian participation to the Cassini-Huygens Mission, Co-I of H-ASI and Cassini radar .
PM of VIRTIS, and GIADA and Chairman of the Philae Comet Lander Steering Committee on Rosetta Mission, MARSIS and PFS on ESA Mars Express Mission, Sharad on NASA MRO Mission, Mission Science Director for the Launch of LARES on VEGA maiden Flight.

2008-2010: ASI Director of the Observation of the Universe department,

ASI Chief Scientist;
Principal Investigator of the SIMBIO-SYS experiment on the BepiColombo;
Member of: IMEWG, Mars Exploration Program Assessment Group (NASA), MPSET (NASA), JMART (NASA-ESA).
Vice-Chair of the Science Programme Committee of ESA and Italian Delegate.
Professor of “Planetology “ at the “G. D’Annunzio” University-Chieti, Italy.

Many international Awards including:
Laurel Award 1997 by Aviation Week & Space Technology,
Laurel for Team achievement 2006 by IAA,
Exceptional Public Service Gold Medal by NASA.

More than 100 papers published.