Welcome to Luciano Iess's Homepage

On the left: the BepiColombo spacecraft, the MORE - Mercury Orbiter Radioscience Experiment - logo and team. BepiColombo is an ESA mission dedicated to the exploratcion of Mercury. Launch: 2014.


*** Matlab tutorial:

Students interested in the short course must send an email to Dr. Mirco Mariani (mircojunior.mariani@uniroma1.it) by May 2.


*** Guest Lectures (Space Environment / Space Missions and Systems):

        "The Science and Engineering of the Juno Mission to Jupiter"

May 2 10:15-11:45 J. Connerney (Juno Deputy Principal Investigator, NASA-GSFC)  Room 41

May 3 10:15-11:45 Scott Bolton (Juno Principal Investigator, SWRI) Lecture hall 38 (TBC)

May 3 12:00-13:30 Scott Bolton (Juno Principal Investigator, SWRI) Lecture hall 41

May 4 12:00-13:00 J. Connerney (Juno Deputy Principal Investigator, NASA-GSFC) Lecture hall 38 (TBC)

Attendence is open to everyone. Please tell your friends and colleagues.


Seminar: "Early Results from the Juno Mission" - S. Bolton (SWRI) and J. Connerney (NASA GSFC) - May 3, 3:30 pm.


Luciano Iess: "The Attraction of Gravity" - Jean Dominique Cassini Medal Lecture at the European Geosciences Union - Vienna, April 25, 2017. Video recording


*** See the updated exam dates on Infostud or in the Exams section.


*** Space Missions and Systems 2016/2017 - Homework #1:

NEW: Evaluation (Pass/Fail)

Click here to download the test.

The solution (a pdf file) and the source code must be emailed by Sunday April 9 23:59:59 CEST to luciano.iess@uniroma1.it AND mircojunior.mariani@uniroma1.it. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Suggestions and remarks: Be concise and go right to the point. Plots convey information very effectively. Including a working source code is mandatory.



*** New supporting material:

Matlab codes for batch and sequential estimation (spring-mass system) in Class Notes - Supporting Material


*** Second home test 2016 (updated lists!!):


Students admitted to the exam in fast mode


*** Challenge 2016 - Winners 

- Martini: 2 pt

- Cappuccio: 1 pt

Congratulations to all participants! 


*** An interesting link: Cassini behind the scenes


**** Space Missions and Systems

Matlab code for the coherent demodulator





For updated information you may follow me on Twitter (luciano_iess)


*** Seminars at Beijing Institute of Tracking and Telecommunications Technology (BITTT):

Seminar 1: Deep Space Navigation Systems: Where Do We Stand?

Seminar 2: The European Delta-DOR Correlator

Seminar 3: BepiColombo, the ESA Mission To Mercury; MORE: Geodesy, Geophysics, Navigation

Seminar 4 and 5: The Scientific Use of Deep Space Tracking Systems; Radio Science in Deep Space Missions

***Tour of Robledo's DNS facilities. The visit to the Robledo and Cebreros tracking complexes was an interesting and profitable experience for all of us. Follow the link to see some photos. 


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Laser shot from Apache Point