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Bevilacqua, Riccardo

Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
MAE-A 308, University of Florida
(352) 392-6230

Research Interests: 

Spacecraft formation flight, space robotics, small spacecraft, and spacecraft-atmosphere interaction.

  • Ph. D. in Applied Mathematics (2007),  University of Rome, "Sapienza", Italy.
  • M. Sc. in Aerospace Engineering (2002), University of Rome, "Sapienza", Italy.


Honors and Awards: 
  • Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA)
  • Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Excellent Reviewer for the Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics (JGCD) between Oct. 1, 2015 – Sept. 30, 2016
  • Academic Tenure, University of Florida, 2016.
  • Air Force, Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (SFFP) Award, 2015.
  • Dave Ward Memorial Lecture Award from the Aerospace Control and Guidance Systems Committee, 2014.
  • Office of Naval Research, Young Investigator Award, 2013.
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Young Investigator Award, 2012.
  • Air Force, Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (SFFP) Award, 2012.
  • US National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2007-2010.
  • Ariadna Project Award (European Space Agency Advanced Concepts Team), 2005.
Selected Publications: 
  • G. Di Mauro, R. Bevilacqua, D. Spiller, J. Sullivan, S. D'Amico, "Continuous Maneuvers for Spacecraft Formation Flying Reconfiguration Using Relative Orbit Elements", to appear on Acta Astronautica.
  • Patrick Kelly, Riccardo Bevilacqua, Leonel Mazal, Richard Erwin, “TugSat: Removing Space Debris from Geostationary Orbits Using Solar Sails”, AIAA’s Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 2018,
  • G. Di Mauro, M. Lawn, R. Bevilacqua, " Survey on Guidance Navigation and Control Requirements for Spacecraft Formation Flying Missions", accepted, AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics.
  • M. Lawn, G. Di Mauro, R. Bevilacqua, "Guidance Solutions for Spacecraft Planar Rephasing and Rendezvous Using Input Shaping" AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics. 
  • Sanny Omar, Riccardo Bevilacqua, et al., “Spacecraft De-Orbit Point Targeting using Aerodynamic Drag”, AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics.
  • Vincenzo Pesce, Michèle Lavagna, Riccardo Bevilacqua, "Stereovision-based pose and inertia estimation of unknown and uncooperative space objects", Advances in Space Research, Available online 10 October 2016, ISSN 0273-1177,
  • David Guglielmo, David Perez, Riccardo Bevilacqua, Leonel Mazal, "Spacecraft Relative Guidance via Spatio-Temporal Resolution in Atmospheric Density Forecasting", Volume 129, December 2016, Pages 32–43, Acta Astronautica.
  • Daniele Gallardo, Onkar Sahni, Riccardo Bevilacqua, "Hammerstein-Wiener based Reduced-Order Model for Vortex-Induced Non-Linear Fluid-Structure Interaction", Engineering with Computers, 2016, DOI 10.1007/s00366-016-0467-9.
  • Leonel Mazal, David Perez, Riccardo Bevilacqua, Fabio Curti, "Spacecraft Rendezvous by Differential Drag under Uncertainties", AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 2016
  • Leone Guarnaccia, Riccardo Bevilacqua, and Stefano Pastorelli, "Suboptimal LQR-based Spacecraft Full Motion Control: Theory and Experimentation", Acta Astronautica 122 (2016) 114–136.
  • David Pérez and Riccardo Bevilacqua. 2016  "Differential Drag-Based Reference Trajectories for Spacecraft Relative Maneuvering Using Density Forecast". AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, doi: 10.2514/1.A33332 .
  • Mirko Pastorelli, Riccardo Bevilacqua, and  Stefano Pastorelli, "Differential-drag-based roto-translational control for propellant-less spacecraft", Acta Astronautica, Vol. 114, pp. 6-21, 2015. DOI 10.1016/j.actaastro.2015.04.014
  • David Perez, Riccardo Bevilacqua, “NEURAL NETWORK based calibration of atmospheric density models”, Acta Astronautica 110 (2015) 58–76.     doi:10.1016/j.actaastro.2014.12.018
  • K. Saulnier, D. Pérez, Rosemary Huang, D. Gallardo, G. Tilton, R. Bevilacqua, “A Six-degree-of-freedom Hardware-in-the-loop Simulator for Small Spacecraft”, Acta Astronautica 105 (2014) 444–462, DOI: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2014.10.027   
  • Riccardo Bevilacqua, David Perez “Guidance and Control for Spacecraft Planar Re-phasing via Input Shaping and Differential Drag”, Nonlinear Dynamics and Systems Theory, 14 (4) (2014) 335–354.
  • David Perez and Riccardo Bevilacqua, “Lyapunov-based Adaptive Feedback for Spacecraft Planar Relative Maneuvering via Differential Drag”, volume 37, issue 5 on pages 1678-1684, AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 2014. DOI: 10.2514/1.G000191
  • Riccardo Bevilacqua and Thomas Alan Lovell, “ANALYTICAL GUIDANCE FOR SPACECRAFT RELATIVE MOTION UNDER CONSTANT THRUST USING RELATIVE ORBIT ELEMENTS”, Acta Astronautica, Volume 102, September–October 2014, Pages 47–61, doi 10.1016/j.actaastro.2014.05.004.
  • David Pérez, Brendt Wohlberg, Thomas Lovell, Michael Shoemaker, and Riccardo Bevilacqua, "ORBIT-CENTERED ATMOSPHERIC DENSITY PREDICTION USING ARTIFICIAL NEURAL NETWORKS", Acta Astronautica 98C (2014), pp. 9-23. Doi: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2014.01.007.
  • Riccardo Bevilacqua, “Analytical Guidance Solutions for Spacecraft Planar Re-phasing via Input-Shaping”, AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Navigation, (2014). doi: 10.2514/1.G000008 Published online at Volume 37, issue 3 on pages 1042-1047
  • Daniele Gallardo, Nader Vadiee, Riccardo Bevilacqua, "An Instructional Wind Tunnel as Learning Platform for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics at a National Indian Community College", International Journal of Pedagogical Innovations, Vol 2, No. 1, 7-16 (Jan. 2014)
  • Gallardo, D., Bevilacqua, R., Sahni, O., “Data-based hybrid reduced order modeling for vortex-induced nonlinear fluid–structure interaction at low Reynolds numbers”, Journal of Fluids and Structures (2013).
  • Christopher M. Shake, Kelsey Saulnier, and Riccardo Bevilacqua.  "Spacecraft Attitude Determination System Using Nano-Optical Devices and Linux Software Libraries", AIAA Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, Vol. 10, No. 8 (2013), pp. 369-384. (doi: 10.2514/1.I010049).
  • Perez, D., Bevilacqua, R., “Differential Drag Spacecraft Rendezvous using an Adaptive Lyapunov Control Strategy”, Acta Astronautica 83 (2013) 196–207
  • Bevilacqua, R., Romano, M., Curti, F., Caprari, A., Pellegrini, V., "Guidance Navigation and Control for Autonomous Multiple Spacecraft Assembly: Analysis and Experimentation", International Journal of Aerospace Engineering, Volume 2011, Article ID 308245, 18 pages, doi:10.1155/2011/308245.
  • Bevilacqua, R., Lehmann, T., Romano, M., “Development and Experimentation of LQR/APF guidance and control for Autonomous Proximity Maneuvers of Multiple Spacecraft", Elsevier Acta Astronautica, 68 (2011), pp.1260-1275. doi:10.1016/j.actaastro.2010.08.012.
  • Curti, F., Romano, M., Bevilacqua, R., “Lyapunov-Based Thrusters’ Selection for Spacecraft Control: Analysis and Experimentation”, JOURNAL OF GUIDANCE, CONTROL, AND DYNAMICS, Vol. 33, No. 4, July–August 2010, pp. 1143-1160.
  • Bevilacqua, R.,Hall, J., S., Romano, M., “Multiple Spacecraft Assembly Maneuvers by Differential Drag and Low Thrust Engines”, Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy (2010) 106:69–88, DOI 10.1007/s10569-009-9240-3.
  • Bevilacqua, R., Hall, J., Horning, J., Romano, M, “Ad-hoc wireless networking and shared computation based upon linux for autonomous multi-robot systems”, AIAA Journal of Aerospace Computing, Information, and Communication, 1542-9423 vol.6 no.5 (328-353) (2009).
  • Bevilacqua, R., Romano, M., Curti, F., “Decoupled-natural-dynamics model for the Relative Motion of two Spacecraft without and with J2 perturbation”, Nonlinear Dynamics and Systems Theory, 10 (1) (2010) 11–20.
  • Bevilacqua, R., Yakimenko O., Romano M., “On-line Generation of Quasi-Optimal Docking Trajectories”, Elsevier Acta Astronautica, 64 (2009), pp. 345–358.
  • Bevilacqua, R., Romano, M., “Rendezvous Maneuvers of Multiple Spacecraft by Differential Drag under J2 Perturbation”, AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, vol.31 no.6 (1595-1607), 2008.
  • Sabatini, M., Izzo, D., Bevilacqua, R., “Special Inclinations Allowing Minimal Drift Orbits for Formation Flying Satellites”, Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, Vol. 31, No. 1, 2008, pp. 94-100.
  • Bevilacqua R., Romano M., “Quasi-Optimal Control For Path Constrained Relative Spacecraft Maneuvers based on Dynamic Programming”, Nonlinear Dynamics and Systems Theory, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 137-150, 2008.
  • Bevilacqua R., Romano M., “Fuel-Optimal Spacecraft Rendezvous with Hybrid On-Off Continuous and Impulsive Thrust”, Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, Vol. 30, Issue 4, 2007, pp. 1175-1178.
  • Sabatini M., Bevilacqua R., Pantaleoni M., Izzo D., “Numerical Search of Bounded Relative Satellite Motion”, Nonlinear Dynamics and Systems Theory, Vol. 6, No. 4, 2006, pp. 411-419.