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Sep 07, 2017
Bologna - Conferenze alla Specola:
La Scienza Spaziale prossima ventura: 10 cose che i vostri figli (e anche voi) riuscirete un giorno a vedere

Jul 30, 2017
Buzzoni, A. & Riva, W.:
"Fuoco dal cielo: la rete PRISMA verso un nuovo approccio alla Sindrome di Kessler e ai problemi dello Space Weather"
2017, an invited lecture to celebrate Paolo Nespoli's new mission on the ISS and Franco Malerba's 25th anniversary as first Italian astronaut onboard the space Shuttle Atlantis.
Jul 27-30, Festival dello Spazio, Villa Borzino, Busalla (GE), Italy

May 18, 2017
Space Weather as a Global Challenge 2017,
Embassy of Italy in Washington (USA)

May 16, 2017
1st PRISMA Day: the Science of Meteors and Meteorites in Italy,
Firenze, Museum of Natural History

Nov 04, 2016
Buzzoni, A., Fan, S., Frueh, C., Altavilla, G., Foppiani, I., Micheli, M., Nomen, J., and Sanchez-Ortiz, N.:
"The puzzling case of the deep-space debris WT1190F: a test bed for advanced SSA techniques"
2017, Proc. of the Stardust Final Conference: Advances in Asteroids and Space Debris Engineering and Science. Eds. M. Vasile, E. Minisci, L. Summerer, P. McGinty. ESA ESTEC (Springer: Berlin) (in press)

Sep 16, 2016
Fan, S., Frueh, C., and Buzzoni, A.:
"A Light Curve Simulation of The Apollo Lunar Ascent Module"
2016, AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, AIAA SPACE Forum, (AIAA 2016-5504), Long Beach, California.

May 11, 2016
Buzzoni, A.:
"Optical tracking of deep-space probes and space debris: small-telescope rebirth in the framework of Space Situational Awareness activities"
2016, an invited talk at the Intl. Conf. on the "Use of Small Telescopes in the Giant Era",
May 11-13, Osservatorio Polifunzionale del Chianti, Firenze.

Jan 12, 2016
Buzzoni, A., Altavilla, G., Galleti, S.:
"Optical tracking of deep-space spacecraft in Halo L2 orbits and beyond: The Gaia mission as a pilot case"
2016, Advaces in Space Research, 57, 1515.

Nov 11, 2015
The puzzling deep-space debris WT1190F observed from Loiano!

Oct 08, 2015
Bologna - Conferenze alla Specola:
La sindrome di Kessler e il problema dei detriti spaziali

Nov 06, 2014
Milano - Conferenze al Planetario:
L'arte delle orbite: le autostrade spaziali per l'esplorazione del cosmo

Oct 27, 2014
GAIA spotted from Loiano!

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Ongoing Projects

Toward a full Astrodynamical and Physical Characterization of Deep-space Debris in Trans- and Cis-lunar Chaotic Orbit
in collaboration with: C. Colombo & P. Di Lizia (Politecnico di Milano, Italy), F. Matassoni (UNIBO, Italy), M. Micheli (ESA-ESRIN, Frascati)
This project aims at characterizing from the photometric and astrodynamical point of view, the inherent properties (magnitudes and reflectance, as well as orbital evolution) of a set of (ultra) deep-space debris (mostly spent rocket upper stages) and spacecraft (both dead and active payloads, mostly high-energy space observatories) moving along highly eccentric cis- and trans-lunar HEO orbits, up to distances of 800,000 km from Earth. BVRI photometry and low-res spectroscopy is in progress together with accurate astrometric follow-up, within 0.2 arcsec across, such as to assess in fine detail the current dynamical status of these (mostly uncontrolled) objects and their envisaged orbital evolution, under strong and entangled Luni-Solar perturbation.

The puzzling case of WT1190F: what did really hit Earth on Nov 13, 2015?
in collaboration with: G. Altavilla (INAF - Rome), S. Fan & C. Frueh (Purdue U, USA), I. Foppiani (INAF - Bologna), M. Micheli (ESA - ESRIN), J. Nomen & N. Sanchez-Ortiz (DEIMOS - Spain)
The puzzling nature of object WT1190F, that fell on Earth on Nov 13, 2015 has been tackled, relying on fresh observations taken at the 1.52m Cassini telescope of INAF at Loiano (Italy) and the Deimos DESS telescopes of Mt.Niefla (Spain). Multicolor photometry and spectroscopic data covered the full re-entry phase and will soon allow us to assess the real nature of this mysterious object.

A spectrophotometric study of the Russian Molniya/Meridian Satellite Constellation
in collaboration with: G. Altavilla (INAF - Rome), A. Figer (France), S. Galleti (INAF - Bologna), J. Guichard (INAOE/CRECTEALC - Mexico), F. Matassoni (UNIBO - Italy)
An observing campaign for spectrophotometric characterization of Russian spacecraft Molniya/Meridian on HEO orbits is in progress. Optical tracking of Molniya class 1, 2, and 3 satellites plus the updated constellation of Meridian spacecraft (some 45 targets in total) is currently in progress from telescope observations in Italy and Mexico. For orbiting end-of-life satellites, we also aim at studying the long-term variation of spinning properties and its possible correlation with terrestrial magnetosphere influence.

Spectrophotometric Characterization of the Artificial Satellite Network in Geostationary Orbit
in collaboration with: G. Altavilla (INAF - Rome), S. Brambilla (UNIBO - Bologna), S. Camacho-Lara (CRECTEALC - Mexico), S. Galleti (INAF - Bologna), J. Guichard (INAOE/CRECTEALC - Mexico)
An observing campaign for spectrophotometric characterization of spinning and spin-stabilized Geostationary Satellite clusters (Telesat/ANIK, EADS/ASTRA, EUTELSAT/HotBird, HISPASAT, Meteosat, Mexsat etc.), undertaken to assess the envisaged astrophysical applications of satellite observations (e.g. to set photometric standards etc.). Ground-tracking data have also proven to be extremely useful for optimized attitude control and positional tuning of satellite clusters at GEO locations. Observations made use of mid-class telescopes (Loiano); a MSc thesis at UniBo has been supervised (Sara Brambilla, A.Y. 2010-11).

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