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Malerba at Fly Future: “Zero gravity? Have a lot of fun”


“The lack of gravity in space? Yes, I was a little worried about dizziness, but then I realized that it’s a lot of fun.” This is one of the most vivid memories of Franco Malerba, the first Italian astronaut who went into orbit on 31 July 1992 aboard the space shuttle ‘Atlantis’. The celebrations for the thirtieth anniversary of this historic mission opened today on the occasion of ‘Fly Future 2022’, the first event dedicated to flying enthusiasts and those who, especially among young people, intend to find a job opportunity in the aviation and of space. This event, which takes place until Tuesday 24 May at the European University of Rome, also sees the presence of Malerba himself who talks about his mission and the prospects for space flight. “The astronauts of the future, those who will participate in the colonization of the Moon and the exploration of Mars, will also have to be good farmers – explains Malerba with a smile – because, as in the famous film ‘The Martian’ with Matt Damon, they will have to learn to become independent from food supplies from Earth “. The program of ‘Fly Future 2022’ first of all includes two important conferences: ‘Professione Volo. Job and career opportunities in the aviation and air transport sector in Italy ‘(from this morning to 9:30 am), which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of the first Italian airline Società Italiana in Trieste in 1922 Air Services (Sisa), and “Working in space”. The future of the next Italian astronauts between orbiting stations, return to the moon and exploration of Mars “(tomorrow 24 May at 15:30), organized in collaboration with the Italian section of the British Interplanetary Society (Bis-Italia), which will see the participation of Malerba and in which the 30th anniversary of its flight into orbit will be celebrated. For these two anniversaries, a special commemorative leaflet was also created in a limited edition of 1,000 copies. The two days of the event will then include over 20 conferences and meetings with pilots, managers, professionals and experts in the aviation and aerospace sector, who will tell about their experience and answer the questions of the young participants. There is also a large exhibition area with the desks of flight schools, aeroclubs, institutes aeronautics, companies, universities and associations. “The aviation and aerospace sector is continuously growing all over the world and offers great oppor work unit, both as pilots or flight attendants in airlines, but also as technicians, designers and, for the lucky ones, even astronauts “confirms Luciano Castro, creator and president of Fly Future. “There was great anticipation for the first edition of this event in Rome which – underlines Castro – allows young enthusiasts or those looking for a career in the aeronautics and space fields to meet pilots, professionals, managers and experts directly. to obtain valuable information for their future work “. “Fly Future 2022” is promoted by the Ifimedia association, in collaboration with Mediarkè and the European University of Rome. The event received the patronage of the Department of Youth Policies of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Ministry of Sustainable Infrastructures and Mobility, National Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC), National Agency for Flight Safety (Ansv), Agency Spaziale Italiana (ASI), Federation of Italian Companies for Aerospace, Defense and Security (Aiad) and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (Aopa Italia). Main sponsor is the Urbe Aero flight school. Participation is open to all, upon purchase of a nominative pass valid for the two days.

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