Antonio F. Scannapieco holds a BSc and a MSc in Aerospace Engineering and a PhD in Industrial Engineering awarded by University of Napoli “Federico II”, Italy. His main areas of research are Aerospace Systems, Remote Sensing, and Autonomous Systems.
Focus of his PhD work was autonomous navigation of ultralight unmanned aircraft systems in complex and harsh environments, with the aid of Synthetic Aperture Radar and real aperture radar fused with IMUs. He also joined Fraunhofer FHR (Germany) as Visiting Research Student for six months working on a 94-GHz Synthetic Aperture Radar and test campaigns.
From 2017 to 2019, Antonio was employed by Cranfield Defence and Security as Post-Doc Research Fellow in Navigation and Guidance.
During the post-doc period, he was actively involved with the H2020 “I3DS” project, delivering solutions for space-oriented relative navigation with cameras (mono/stereo) and LIDARs. Within the project he had the chance to manage technical activities and a small team management for Cranfield University. He was also supervisor of PhD and MSc Students and took part in a DSTL project, delivering solutions for Visual/Infrared Navigation. After completion of the post-doc contract, he continued supporting Cranfield Defence and Security as Visiting Researcher.
Antonio was also the Rapporteur in the “Highly Integrated Distributed Systems” session at International Astronautical Congress 2018 and is author of more than 15 scientific papers.
Today, he works as an Autonomous Driving Engineering Specialist at FCA Italy and is involved in different activities within the Simulation field.
With SGAC, Antonio was involved in the organization of First Italian Space Startup Competition and managed SpaceGen Track at NSE Expoforum 2019, Webinar on Entrepreneurship and Space Business Ecosystem and Second Italian Space Startup Competition. Since April 2020 he also serves as National Point of Contact for Italy.