SGAC Italy

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Francesco Spina - NPoC Italy    Laura Bettiol

Francesco Spina
Feb 2017 - Feb 2019


Laura Bettiol
Nov 2015-Nov 2017

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Italy Group

Italy has an active role in the field of space activities since the very beginning, being an international forum for discussions - especially for Earth and human protection - and being the third Country in the world in 1964 to have a satellite in orbit, “San Marco I” and the first country to experiment sea launches from the oceanic platform “San Marco” in Kenya from 1966 to 1988. Nowadays, Italy continues to keep this role alive thanks to the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and other industries and firms which are representing the beating core of the Italian contribution to Research and Development in space, not only in Europe, but in the international context as well.

Italy is also a member of the European Space Agency, ESA, since 1972. Thanks to ESA-ESRIN located in Frascati and ASI in Rome, exhibitions, conferences and visits are readily available and often oriented towards the 18-35 year old community in Italy. The country must continue to grow this domestic interest for outer space, and has to keep on improving cooperation, something that is never enough for the whole international community.

What are you waiting for? If you are a university student or a young professional, and you have a lively interest in space come, and join us!
If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us and remember, we need your support to spread space passion and knowledge!


Young Space Activities Overview in Italy

Group photo of SpaceUp Milan participants. Photo credits: Elena Venutti

The youth community is becoming increasingly active in promoting space activities and knowledge in the country although this involvement is not spread equally throughout all the country and it is rarely supported by institutions. Skyward Experimental Rocketry, the European Association of Aerospace Students (EUROAVIA) and Sapienza Aerospace Students Association (SASA) are examples of this increasing involvement. SGAC Italy is trying to connect these different efforts in order to create a network and represent a more prominent voice when dealing with the institutions.  


Country-specific events in 2018

September 27 (2017) - March 4 (2018) - NASA, A Human Adventure (Exhibition) - a thrilling journey through mankind’s exploration of space. In this exhibition you can see the progression of NASA’s remarkable achievements in manned space flights and space exploration – the greatest adventure that humans have ever undertaken. You will be guided through the discovery of the exciting history of rocket science and space flight, and you will learn about some of the world’s most amazing accomplishments in space technology. 

May 6-7 - SpaceUp Pisa - more info will follow soon!

May 28-June 1 - Small Satellites, Systems & Services Symposium - Small satellites beyond boundaries is the special topic of 2018. Topics such as small satellites for space exploration, Earth observation, science, telecommunication and navigation; new technologies at system, sub-system and component level will be discussed. - Hilton Sorrento Palace, Sorrento, NA.


June 18-22 - International School of Space Science, The dark side of the Universe - The course is designed for PhD students and young post-doctoral researchers and will offer an overview of current knowledge of the content of the Universe with special regards to the unknown Dark Universe. 


Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in Italy


Associations affiliated to SGAC

Studies and Learning Initiatives

Other web links

  • INAF - Italian National Astrophysical Institute  
    CISAS “Center of Studies and Activities for Space”, Padova 
    ISAA - Italian Space and Astronautics Association  
    Italian Mars Society
  • EUROAVIA Napoli
  • 2017 SGAC/ASI Grants Winner 


    SGAC Next Generation Program as part of the 10th IAA Symposium on the Future of Space Exploration towards the Moon Village and Beyond - Turin (27th-30th June 2017) 



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