Davide Farnocchia

  • Ph.D. in Mathematics, Galileo Galilei School of Graduate studies, University of Pisa (2012)
  • M.D. in Mathematics, University of Pisa (2008)
  • B.D. in Mathematics, University of Pisa (2006)

Research Interests: 
  • Orbit determination and dynamics of small Solar System bodies
  • Near-Earth asteroid surveys
  • Statistical treatment of astrometric data
  • Nongravitational perturbations
  • Impact hazard assessment

Professional Experience: 
  • 2014 – present: Navigation Engineer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
  • 2012 – 2014: NASA Postdoctoral Fellow at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
  • 2012: Research fellow at SpaceDyS, Navacchio (PI), Italy
  • 2008: Research fellow at Department of Mathematics, University of Pisa, Italy

Selected Awards: 
  • NASA Group Achievement Award “For exemplary science implementation, analysis and execution of the Spitzer 2011 MD and 2009 BD near-Earth Asteroid Observations for NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission.” (2015)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award “For exceptional achievement in trajectory prediction, comet dust modeling, and risk assessment of hazards posed by the close, 2014 fly-by of Comet Siding Spring past Mars.” (2015)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award “For excellence in developing and executing the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Comet Siding Spring Observing Campaign.” (2015)
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory Mariner Award (2014) “For providing close approach predictions (and uncertainties) for the Comet Siding Spring.”
  • Celestial Mechanics and Innovation Prize awarded to an original research leading to innovative astrodynamical applications (2013)
  • Asteroid (84100) Farnocchia named in honor (2012)
  • NASA Postdoctoral Program fellowship (2012)

Selected Publications: 
  1. Farnocchia, D., Chesley, S.R., Micheli, M., et al.: High precision comet trajectory estimates: the Mars flyby of comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring). Icarus 266, 279-287 (2016)
  2. Farnocchia, D., Milani, A., Chesley, S.R., Gronchi, G.F., Chodas, P.W.: Orbits, long-term predictions, impact monitoring. Asteroids IV, 815-834 (2015)
  3. Farnocchia, D., Chesley, S.R., Micheli, M.: Systematic ranging and late warning asteroid impacts. Icarus 258, 18-27 (2015)
  4. Vokrouhlicky, D., Farnocchia, D., Capek, D., et al.: The Yarkovsky effect for (99942) Apophis. Icarus 252, 277-283 (2015)
  5. Farnocchia, D., Chesley, S.R., Chamberlin, A.B., Tholen, D.J.: Star catalog position and proper motion corrections in asteroid astrometry. Icarus 245, 94-111 (2015)
  6. Spoto, F., Milani, A., Farnocchia, D., et al.: Nongravitational Perturbations and Virtual Impactors: the case of asteroid (410777) 2009 FD. Astronomy and Astrophysics 572, A100 (2014)
  7. Kelley, M.S.P., Farnham, T.L., Bodewits, D., Tricarico, P., Farnocchia, D.: A Study of Dust and Gas at Mars from Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring). The Astrophysical Journal 792, L16 (2014)
  8. Farnocchia, D., Chesley, S.R., Tholen, D.J, Micheli, M.: High precision predictions for near-Earth asteroids: the strange case of (3908) Nyx. Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy 119, 301-312 (2014)
  9. Farnocchia, D., Chesley, S.R., Chodas, P.W., et al.: Trajectory analysis for the nucleus and dust of comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring). The Astrophysical Journal 790, 114 (2014)
  10. Mommert, M., Farnocchia, D., Hora, J.L., et al.: Physical Properties of Near-Earth Asteroid 2011 MD. The Astrophysical Journal 789, L22 (2014)
  11. Veres, P., Farnocchia, D., Jedicke, R., Spoto, F.: The effect of parallax and cadence
on asteroid impact probabilities and warning times. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 126, 433-444 (2014)
  12. Tricarico, P., Samarasinha, N.H., Sykes, M.V., et al.: Delivery of dust grains from comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) to Mars. The Astrophysical Journal 787, L35 (2014)
  13. Mommert, M., Hora, J.L., Farnocchia, D, et al.: Constraining the Physical Properties of Near–Earth Object 2009 BD. The Astrophysical Journal 786, 148 (2014)
  14. Chesley, S.R., Farnocchia, D., Nolan, M.C., et al.: Orbit and Bulk Density of the OSIRIS-REx Target Asteroid (101955) Bennu. Icarus 235, 5-22 (2014)
  15. Farnocchia, D., Chesley, S.R.:  Assessment of the 2880 impact threat from asteroid (29075) 1950 DA. Icarus 229, 321-327 (2014)
  16. Farnocchia, D., Bracali Cioci, D., Milani, A.: Robust resolution of Kepler’s equation in all eccentricity regimes. Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy 116, 21-34 (2013)
  17. Denneau, L., Jedicke, R., Grav, T., et al.: The Pan-STARRS Moving Object Processing System. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 125, 357-395 (2013)
  18. Farnocchia, D., Chesley, S.R., Chodas, P.W., et al.: Yarkovsky-driven impact risk analysis for asteroid (99942) Apophis. Icarus 224, 192-200 (2013)
  19. Farnocchia, D., Chesley, S.R., Vokrouhlicky, D., et al.: Near Earth Asteroids with measurable Yarkovsky effect. Icarus 224, 1-13 (2013)
  20. Milani, A., Knezevic, Z., Farnocchia, D., et al.: Identification of known objects in solar system surveys. Icarus 220, 114-123 (2012)
  21. Farnocchia, D., Bernardi, F., Valsecchi, G.B.: Efficiency of a wide-area survey in achieving short- and long-term warning for small impactors. Icarus 219, 41-47 (2012)
  22. Milani, A., Farnocchia, D., Dimare, L., Rossi, A., Bernardi, F.: Innovative observing strategy and orbit determination for Low Earth Orbit Space Debris. Planetary and Space Science 62, 10-22 (2012)
  23. Milani, A., Tommei, G., Farnocchia, D., et al.: Orbit determination of space objects based on sparse optical data. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 417, 2094-2103 (2011)
  24. Gronchi, G.F., Farnocchia, D., Dimare, L.: Orbit Determination with the two-body Integrals. II. Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy 110, 257-270 (2011)
  25. Farnocchia, D., Tommei, G., Milani, A., Rossi, A.: Innovative methods of correlation and orbit determination for space debris. Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy 107, 169-185 (2010)
  26. Milani, A., Gronchi, G.F., Farnocchia, D., et al.: Topocentric Orbit Determination: Algorithms for the Next Generation Surveys. Icarus 195, 474-492 (2008)
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