Franco Malerba

Space V s.r.l. • Founder

Franco Malerba is the first Italian astronaut: he flew in space with the shuttle Atlantis from 31 July to 8 August 1992, carrying the Eureca laboratory and the Italian Tethered Satellite in space. The mission was a joint project between the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and was the first manned mission of the Italian Space Agency. He is the founding partner of Space V s.r.l., an Italian startup working in the field of bioregenerative systems for manned space missions. In his past career Franco Malerba was a research scientist at the National Research Council of Italy and the European Space Agency (ESA), held management positions in industry - Digital Equipment and Alenia Spazio - served as elected Member of the European Parliament (1994-99) and served as Scientific Attaché of the Italian Mission to OECD, ESA and the International Energy Agency in Paris (05-013). Lecturer at the University of Genoa and the University of Leicester, he also contributes to the dissemination of space science with the yearly organization of the Italian Space Festival in Busalla.