Italian Space Economy for the Sustainable Development Goals

Wednesday 3 October 2018, 16:20 – 17:20

Location: Bremen Conference Center – CCB Hansesaal


The workshop will focus on the tools that the Italian space economy is providing in support of the goals of the UN Agenda 2030 for sustainable development.

The evolution of new space systems with the possibility to conceive and realize, through miniaturization of on board functions, advanced digital communication processors and space based radars, new generation optical sensors and cost effective microsatellite constellations and satellite formations is paving the way to a new class of space services and applications. This “new space” economy is developing new business models and technologies and promoting the growth of the space sector in general.

Italy is at the fore front of this process and is expanding its space capacity, both in terms of infrastructure and data sources, also through international cooperation, to create a wider portfolio of products and services, that offer new and better tools to address several sustainable development issues.

In the field of Earth observation, for example, the integration of “traditional” space systems with new satellites, equipped with new generation sensors, is paving the way to a complete new class and generation of geospatial services and applications.

The workshop will show the role of the main actors of the Italian space economy in this process, from that of the Italian Space Agency to that of the of Italian space-related companies represented within the three main associations.

Organized by:
Italian Space Agency (ASI)


Andrea Zanini


Italian Space Agency (ASI),



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Spokesperson for the President at the Italian Space Agency since 2015. Under the President’s guidelines he defines the communication strategies and manages the institutional relations with stakeholders. He previously managed PR and media relation for Japanese multinational NEC’s EMEA energy center of competence. As an experienced media and communications executive conceived and developed a number of integrated communications and marketing campaigns for high-profile international clients including multinationals (ENI, VISA, ENEL, Italian Railways, Pirelli Real Estate IPO), governments, institutions (ICE – Italian Trade Commission, the European Commission, the European Parliament) and non-profit organizations.



Roberto Battiston


Italian Space Agency (ASI),



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Roberto Battiston is the President of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and Chair of Experimental Physics at the University of Trento, Italy.

He has worked for over 30 years in international collaborations in the field of experimental physics and fundamental interactions: Strong interactions, Electroweak interaction physics, Search for antimatter and dark matter in Cosmic Rays. He is also the founder of a research group working in the field of frontier detectors and technologies to be used in fundamental physics research – ground based and space based. In particular in 1994 he founded SERMS (Laboratory for the Study of the Effects of the Radiation on Special Materials), devoted to the characterization of materials and devices to be used in space conditions. He has been until 2014  Deputy spokesperson for the AMS experiment, the first fundamental physics experiment approved on the International Space Station, already successfully flown during the STS91 Shuttle flight in june 1998 and installed on the ISS in 2011.

Prof. Battiston has been the European  proposer of the LIMADOU experiment, to develop an energetic particle payload for the Chinese  CSES satellite, operating in orbit since February 2018 to study correlations between magnetosphere and litosphere. He has been the  Coordinator of the SR2S EU project (2013 – 15) to develop active magnetic shielding techniques for interplanetary flights. Author of more than 420 papers published on international scientific journals, and organizer of several workshops devoted to space science and to advanced technologies (Trento 1999, Elba 2002, Washington 2003, Bejijng 2006, CERN 2012).

He graduated at Scuola Normale of Pisa (1979) , Doctorate (Troisième Cycle), University of Paris IX, Orsay, 1982. He has been the Chair of General Physics at the Engineering Faculty of the Perugia University, Faculty of Engineering, (1992 – 2012). Since 2012 he is  Chair of Experimental Physics  at the Physics Department or the Trento University. Laurea honoris causa from the Universtiy of Bucharest (2000),  Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur  (2016), Vadimir Syromniatnikov Prize (2017).


Simonetta Di Pippo


United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA),


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UNOOSA Director, Ms. Simonetta Di Pippo, leads the Office’s strategies, policies and activities, ensuring that they are implemented in accordance with the mandates of the General Assembly, the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), and the established policies of the United Nations. She supervises the United Nations Programme on Space Applications and UN-SPIDER.

Ms. Di Pippo advises the Secretary-General of the United Nations and Director-General of UNOV and provides expertise on matters relating to the peaceful uses of outer space, and the use of space science and technology for sustainable development and disaster risk reduction. Ms. Di Pippo also discharges the Secretary-General’s obligations under international space law, including overseeing the United Nations Register of Objects Launched into Outer Space. She serves as Secretary of COPUOS and manages the arrangements and coordination of UN-Space.

Alongside her team in the Office of the Director, Ms. Di Pippo co-ordinates and oversees reports on budgetary and programme performance matters as well as public information and outreach activities to promote the benefits of outer space for humanity.



Massimo Comparini


Federazione Aziende Italiane per l’Aerospazio, la Difesa e la Sicurezza (AIAD),



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He began his career in the space industry in 1983 at Selenia Spazio (later Alenia Spazio), holding positions of increasing responsibility, up to that of Chief Technology Officer. In the joint venture Thales Alenia Space, he took up the role of Deputy Chief Technical Officer. In 2013 he was appointed Chief Technical Officer and excom member at Telespazio. In 2015 he is appointed Chairman of EarthLab Luxembourg a Joint Venture between Telespazio group and local players (Post Luxembourg, InTech, HiTec) for Earth Observation services and applications in support to risk and insurance market.

In 2016, he has been appointed Director of Line of Business Geo Information, Telespazio, and Chief Executive Officer of e-GEOS, ASI/Telespazio Joint Venture, having the mission to commercialize world-wide COSMO-SkyMed radar Constellation data, applications and services and to provide multimission Geospatial integrated solutions, based on innovative satellite data and advanced information technology processing chain.

Author of more than 90 papers and published works in the field of space and microwave technologies, innovation and technology management. He seats in many steering committees and board of scientific associations and international conferences. He has been appointed for a number of Academic positions having the chair of space electronics (University of Perugia), electronics for telecom system (Alma Mater studiorum University of Bologna) and in the economic field the Chair of ICT and Economy of new technologies (LUISS, Roma). In 2016 has been honoured with the Star for labour merit from the President of Italian Republic.


Luca Rossettini


Association of Italian Space Enterprises (AIPAS),



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Luca Rossettini is a serial entrepreneur, seeking a profitable and sustainable expansion of the human kind in space. In 1998 Luca quits his Airborne Officer career and got a master in Aerospace Engineering in Italy (2003). After a year working in a US research lab on nanotechnologies applied to space propellant, he came back to Europe, where, in 2005, he successfully concluded a master in Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability.
During his Ph.D. studies in Advanced Space Propulsion – concluded in 2008 with honors – Luca founded IRTA (startup providing advanced vision and slow motion tracking techniques). In 2006 he co-founded The Natural Step Italia (The Natural Step is an international NGO that helps corporations and communities to pursue their objectives within a strategic sustainability framework), where the idea of applying strategic sustainability concepts to the space sector originated. In 2008 he applied for the European Astronauts Corp among 10,000 candidates. He went through the whole selection and positioned among the first two hundred. Nevertheless, his motivation pushed Luca to find another access to space. In 2009 Luca won a Fulbright scholarship and in 2010 obtained a Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley, California. After an internship position at NASA Ames Research Center, Luca Rossettini went back to Italy and founded D-Orbit, developing a solution for Space Debris.
Since June 2017, Luca Rossettini is AIPAS (Italian Space Companies Association) president.


Cristina Valente

Head of Space Agencies Liaison Management,




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Cristina Valente has gained twenty years of experience in the aerospace industry working both in the public sector, at the Italian Space Agency and in the private sector at Telespazio, where she has always contributed to the strategic and commercial sphere of activities by interacting with institutional experts and in particular with ESA and EC. Through international training at various institutions has acquired specific expertise in the field of aerospace law, space economy and strategic issues including the knowledge of institutional market; in the last decade she has always worked in the strategic and commercial sector of the institutional market in Telespazio. Currently she is the Head of  “Space Agencies Liaison Management” with the main  responsibilities to guarantee a constant interface with the Space Agencies strategic and program management departments and to contribute to the definition of Telespazio commercial targets. In particular the role includes the monitoring and analysis of plans and budgets to identify and evaluate new potential business through the systematic screening of the opportunities and tenders issued by the Space Agencies and the relevant National and International Space Institutions.