The Italian Space Agency continues to push on nanosatellite technologies and continues on the path traced with the ‘Future CubeSat missions’ call which saw an unprecedented participation of research centers, universities and companies. The president of the Italian Space Agency, Giorgio Saccoccia, has kicked off the new ‘Small is Beautiful’ program and next Thursday will present its logo and contents in the ‘Luigi Broglio’ Auditorium. Speaking of nanosatellites are also the Army Corps General Carmine Masiello, Deputy Chief of the Defense Staff, the Head of the Civil Protection Department, Fabrizio Curcio, and the Councilor Andrea Mazzella, Head of Office VIII, Legislative Decree In fact, the Italian Space Agency considers the nanosatellite segment “very important” and with the dedicated program it aims at the development of enabling technologies and at the realization of CubeSat application, scientific and technological demonstration missions. “The type of miniature but technologically advanced satellites is profoundly changing both the market and the space industry thanks to their low costs and rapid development times compared to traditional satellites, allowing, on the one hand, a rapid mode to embark technologies for their demonstration in orbit, on the other hand the possibility of enabling new mission concepts “explains ASI. The objective of the Italian Space Agency is “to favor the coordination of activities, the sharing of knowledge and experiences, to maximize the benefits deriving from the use of this type of platform” and the various components of the space world participate in the morning’s work. and from the institutions that will be able to propose their application needs to industry up to research and universities. ASI believes that nanosatellites “will occupy an important slice of the market” and the idea “is to push to ensure a continuous supply over time and access to this segment as broad as possible”. With this policy, the Italian Space Agency thus aims to “attract ideas from industry, consortium of industries and research to carry out new missions and to increase the potential of our country” because, the Agency emphasizes, ” the mini satellites are a great opportunity to also expand international collaborations “.
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