Short Curriculum Vitae
Giovanni Vulpetti has got his Master in Nuclear Physics (1969), and Ph.D. in Plasma Physics (1973). Subsequently, he specialized in Astrodynamics. He wrote many tens of scientific papers about interstellar flight, astrodynamics & propulsion concepts, in particular matter-antimatter annihilation propulsion. In 1979, he joined Telespazio SpA (Rome, Italy). He prepared an extended comprehensive overview of interstellar flight for the JBIS September-1999 issue. Since 1995, he has been attending the IAA committee for Lunar Base & Mars exploration. He is interested in fast solar sailing. In the 1990’s, he found out quite new types of sailcraft trajectories and published/presented his theory on Acta Astronautica, IAA symposia, international JPL workshop, and STAIF. In Spring 1997, he was consultant at ESA/ESTEC about the solar-sail Daedalus mission concept. In 2001, he was consultant at NASA/MSFC for studying the NASA Interstellar Probe. In 1979-2004, he contributed to 11 Italian and European space programs. He has implemented large computer codes for mission analysis & trajectory optimization via rockets and/or solar-sails. In Nineties, he attended the IAA committee for small satellites. He fostered a design that brought to Telespazio micro satellite named TEMISAT (August 1993). In December 2006, he joined Galileian Plus s.r.l. (Rome, Italy) for advanced projects. In 2006-2007, he attended the new program of the Italian Space Agency Vision for next lunar exploration. To date, he published 115 scientific papers and technical reports. With Dr. L. Johnson (NASA/MSFC) and Dr. G. L. Matloff (N.Y. University), he published a comprehensive Springer-book on solar sailing (issued in August 2008). From Dec-2006 to Nov-2007, he has been chief scientist at Galileian Plus (Rome – Italy). He has been a COSPAR-Associate in 2002-2007. In 2009, he served as guest editor of Acta Astronautica for IAA Aosta-2009 symposium’s special issue. He published the books: (1) “Fast Solar Sailing, Astrodynamics of Special Sailcraft Trajectories”, Space Technology Library, 30, Springer (2012), (2) Solar Sails, 2nd edition, Springer, 2015. In 2014, he served as guest editor of Acta Astronautica for Turin-2013 IAA symposium’s special issue.
Since 1994, he is Full Member of the International Academy of Astronautics (Section-2), Paris – France. He is a Senior Guest Lecturer at Dept. of Astronautical Engineering at the first University of Rome (‘La Sapienza’), Rome – Italy. Also, he is a member of SPIE.