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: 
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory Voyager Award "For identifying Non-gravitation (cometary) Accelerations for the First Interstellar Object, I1 `Oumuamua" (2018)
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory Voyager Bonus Award "For implementing new capabilities into Solar System Dynamics group's small-body auto system enabling precise orbit prediction of asteroids and comets" (2017)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award to OSIRIS-REx Mission Team "For exceptional scientific, engineering, and management expertise and dedication in the development of the flight system for the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission" (2017)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award to Juno Jupiter Orbit Insertion Team “For outstanding achievement in the successful insertion of the Juno spacecraft into orbit around Jupiter” (2017)
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory Meeting and Exceeding Great Achievements Team Award “For Juno B-plane Definition Sensitivity Study” (2017)
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory Team Award for the “Implementation of JPL’s Scout system, which predicts asteroid orbits given a very short data arc” (2016)
  • 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. Micheli, M., Farnocchia, D., Meech, K.J.: Non-gravitational acceleration in the trajectory of 1I/2017 U1 ('Oumuamua). Nature 559, 223-226 (2018)
  2. McMahon, J.W., Scheeres, D.J., Hesar, S.G., et al: The OSIRIS-REx Radio Science Experiment at Bennu. Space Science Reviews 214, 43 (2018)
  3. Veres, P., Farnocchia, D., Chesley, S.R., Chamberlin, A.B.: Statistical Analysis of Astrometric Errors for the Most Productive Asteroid Surveys. Icarus 296, 139-149 (2017)
  4. Farnocchia, D., Jenniskens, P., Robertson, D.K., et al.: The impact trajectory of asteroid 2008 TC3. Icarus 294, 218-226 (2017)
  5. Farnocchia, D., Chesley, S.R., Brown, P.G., Chodas, P.W.: The trajectory and atmospheric impact of asteroid 2014 AA. Icarus 274, 327-333 (2016)
  6. 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)
  7. Farnocchia, D., Milani, A., Chesley, S.R., Gronchi, G.F., Chodas, P.W.: Orbits, long-term predictions, impact monitoring. Asteroids IV, 815-834 (2015)
  8. Farnocchia, D., Chesley, S.R., Micheli, M.: Systematic ranging and late warning asteroid impacts. Icarus 258, 18-27 (2015)
  9. 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)
  10. 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)
  11. 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)
  12. Mommert, M., Farnocchia, D., Hora, J.L., et al.: Physical Properties of Near-Earth Asteroid 2011 MD. The Astrophysical Journal 789, L22 (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., Chesley, S.R., Chodas, P.W., et al.: Yarkovsky-driven impact risk analysis for asteroid (99942) Apophis. Icarus 224, 192-200 (2013)
  17. Farnocchia, D., Chesley, S.R., Vokrouhlicky, D., et al.: Near Earth Asteroids with measurable Yarkovsky effect. Icarus 224, 1-13 (2013)
  18. Milani, A., Knezevic, Z., Farnocchia, D., et al.: Identification of known objects in solar system surveys. Icarus 220, 114-123 (2012)
  19. 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)
  20. 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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