Davide Farnocchia


Education: 
  • 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 to OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Approach and Preliminary Survey "For sustained excellence in surmounting unprecedented navigation and science challenges during the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Bennu Approach and Preliminary Survey Phases" (2019)
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory Lew Allen Award "For exceptional leadership and research roles in orbit reconstruction and prediction of asteroids and comets" (2019)
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory Team Award for the “Planetary Defense Simulated Impact Exercise Team” (2019)
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory Voyager Award "For delivering high-precision ephemeris of Bennu to the OSIRIS-REx Science Team" (2019)
  • 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)
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory Team Award "For excellence in the execution of the Juno Navigation team tasks through the start of prime science operations at Jupiter" (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 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 to Spitzer Near Asteroid Team “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 to Comet Modeling, Prediction and Assessment Team “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 to MRO Comet Siding Spring Observing Team “For excellence in developing and executing the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Comet Siding Spring Observing Campaign” (2015)
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory Mariner Award “For providing close approach predictions (and uncertainties) for the Comet Siding Spring” (2014)
  • 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. Eggl, S., Farnocchia, D., Chamberlin, A.B., Chesley, S.R.: Star catalog and proper motion corrections in asteroid astrometry II: The Gaia era. Icarus 339, 113596 (2020)
  2. Lauretta, D.S., Hergenrother, C.W., Chesley, S.R., et al.: OSIRIS-REx discovery of particle ejection from asteroid (101955) Bennu. Science 366, 1217 (2019)
  3. Farnocchia, D., Eggl, S., Chodas, P.W., Giorgini, J.D., Chesley, S.R.: Planetary encounter analysis on the B-plane: a comprehensive formulation. Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy 131, 36 (2019)
  4. Reddy, V., Kelley, M.S., Farnocchia, D., et al.: Near-Earth Asteroid 2012 TC4 Campaign: Results from Global Planetary Defense Exercise. Icarus 326, 133-150 (2019)
  5. Scheeres., D.J., McMahon, J.W., French, A.S., et al.: The dynamic geophysical environment of (101955) Bennu based on OSIRIS-REx measurements. Nature Astronomy 3, 352-361 (2019)
  6. Micheli, M., Farnocchia, D., Meech, K.J.: Non-gravitational acceleration in the trajectory of 1I/2017 U1 ('Oumuamua). Nature 559, 223-226 (2018)
  7. Farnocchia, D., Jenniskens, P., Robertson, D.K., et al.: The impact trajectory of asteroid 2008 TC3. Icarus 294, 218-226 (2017)
  8. 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)
  9. 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)
  10. Farnocchia, D., Milani, A., Chesley, S.R., Gronchi, G.F., Chodas, P.W.: Orbits, long-term predictions, impact monitoring. Asteroids IV, 815-834 (2015)
  11. Farnocchia, D., Chesley, S.R., Micheli, M.: Systematic ranging and late warning asteroid impacts. Icarus 258, 18-27 (2015)
  12. Vokrouhlicky, D., Farnocchia, D., Capek, D., et al.: The Yarkovsky effect for (99942) Apophis. Icarus 252, 277-283 (2015)
  13. 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)
  14. 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)
  15. 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)
  16. 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)
  17. Farnocchia, D., Chesley, S.R.:  Assessment of the 2880 impact threat from asteroid (29075) 1950 DA. Icarus 229, 321-327 (2014)
  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., Gronchi, G.F., Farnocchia, D., et al.: Topocentric Orbit Determination: Algorithms for the Next Generation Surveys. Icarus 195, 474-492 (2008)
Davide Farnocchia
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