ASI Takes Center Stage at the Farnborough International Airshow: Showcasing the Italian Space Industry

ASI Takes Center Stage at the Farnborough International Airshow: Showcasing the Italian Space Industry

Italy and the Italian Space Agency (ASI) have important engagements at the Farnborough International Airshow 2022, taking place in England from July 18th to July 22nd.

ASI’s exhibition booth (n. 4510, Hall 4) showcases recent activities and the ASI Space Talks, a series of thematic conferences. The first talk, held on July 18th, focused on future perspectives in Earth observation and featured speakers such as Francesco Longo from ASI, Giuseppe Lenzo from Telespazio, and Antonino Spatola from Teledyne Imaging. On the same day, ASI President Saccoccia attended the signing of an agreement between Telespazio and Inmarsat, two global leaders in satellite communications. The agreement aims to create communication and navigation services for future Moon missions under the European Space Agency’s Moonlight project.

The Farnborough event is known for facilitating agreements involving various stakeholders in the aerospace industry.

On July 19th, at Leonardo’s pavilion (B010), a contract signing ceremony took place between Leonardo and ESA for the Sample Transfer Arm, part of the Mars Sample Return program led by NASA in partnership with ESA. ASI supported the project as part of its efforts to enhance robotic exploration. The contract was signed by Gabriele Pieralli, managing director of Leonardo’s Electronics Division, and David Parker, ESA’s director of human and robotic exploration. ASI President Giorgio Saccoccia was present during the event, which was moderated by Luigi Pasquali, coordinator of Leonardo’s space activities. The second ASI Space Talks session on space exploration featured speakers such as Giorgio Saccoccia, Roberto Formaro (director of ASI programs), Walter Cugno (vice-president of Exploration and Science at Thales Alenia Space), and Ilaria Cinelli from AIKO.

Also on July 19th, at ASI’s exhibition booth, a framework agreement was signed between ASI and the Apulia Region. The agreement aims to foster cooperation and initiate joint initiatives, research, and development projects in the fields of Earth observation, telecommunications, and satellite navigation. ASI President Saccoccia and Alessandro Delli Noci, councilor to the economic development of the Apulia Region, signed the agreement in the presence of Antonio Maria Vasile (president of Aeroporti di Puglia S.p.A) and Giuseppe Acierno (president of the Aerospace Technological District – DTA).

On July 20th, the third ASI Space Talks session will focus on Alcor, ASI’s new program for nanosatellites. Speakers for this session include Silvia Natalucci from ASI, Stefano Antonetti from AIPAS, and Alfredo Locarini from Nautilus.

Videos of the event can be found on ASI’s website.