Dr Laura Pirovano
Academic and research departmentsDepartment of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Surrey Space Centre, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.
My research project
High-order methods for space debris data association
I spent my first year in the mathematics department of La Universidad de la Rioja investigating "Initial Orbit Determination based on Propagation of Admissible Regions with Differential Algebra", with a european research grant from AFRL, in collaboration with Politecnico di Milano. I joined the Surrey Space Centre at the beginning of my second year, and I'm now researching into high-order methods for space debris data association. The goal is to define an efficient method to link independent observations of the same orbiting body, thus allowing for its orbit determination. This is necessary to create a comprehensive catalogue of resident space objects and fundamental to maintain a collision-free environment in space, predict space events and perform activities.
Laura Pirovano is a PhD student at the Surrey Space Centre, in UK. She received her bachelor degree in Mathematical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and her Master degree in Aerospace Engineering from TU Delft (The Netherlands). During her master, she developed her thesis at FH Aachen (Germany) on the 6 degrees of freedom dynamics of a flexible lightweight structure project from DLR. After spending her first year of PhD at La Universidad de La Rioja (Spain), she’s now continuing her research at the University of Surrey, focusing on high-order methods to efficiently deal with uncertainty, applied to the problem of orbit determination of space debris.
Teaching Assistant in the following modules:
- Spacecraft Dynamics & Missions (EEE 3039). Sept 2017-Jan 2018, Sept 2018-Jan 2019
- Matlab Tutorial for new Master Students. Sept. 2018