Politecnico di Milano - Italy
Camilla Colombo is Associate Professor at the Department of Aerospace Science and Technology of the Politecnico di Milano, Italy. She obtained her Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Glasgow (UK). She is the Principal Investigator of the ERC COMPASS project. Her ERC Starting Grant project aims to bridge the disciplines of orbital dynamics, dynamical systems theory, optimisation and space mission design by developing novel techniques for orbit manoeuvring by surfing through orbit perturbations. Together with her research group, she is developing methods for better understanding and leveraging the dynamics of natural forces acting on satellites and space debris. This will reduce the cost of travelling in orbit for small satellites. It will create new opportunities for space exploration and exploitation, such as missions to asteroid orbit manipulation and mining. The exploitation of orbit perturbations allows achieving end-of-life disposal manoeuvres for space mission, for a more sustainable use of Space.