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ITA Space Hour at Space Symposium

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As the countdown continues ⏱ towards the Space Foundation's #SpaceSymposium in Colorado Springs, we are excited to share our first networking event.

Join us, the 12 industry-leading Italian companies exhibiting at the Italian Pavilion, and Agenzia Spaziale Italiana President Giorgio Saccoccia for our 🚀"𝗜𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗦𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗛𝗼𝘂𝗿"🍷 - an afternoon event full of notorious Italian hospitality, development discussions about space exploration and the opportunity to meet some of the key players in Italian aerospace.

𝗜𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻 𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗦𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗦𝘆𝗺𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗶𝘂𝗺, 𝗰𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗥𝗦𝗩𝗣:

Before attending the Italian Space Hour, make sure to check out the 12 companies exhibiting at the Italian Pavilion: ➡

We are also proud to continue to ✨spotlight✨ the 200+ active Italian companies that make Italy the global aerospace leader that it is. 𝘿𝙞𝙨𝙘𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙡𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙥𝙖𝙜𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙛𝙪𝙡𝙡 𝙘𝙖𝙩𝙖𝙡𝙤𝙜 𝙤𝙛 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙄𝙩𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙖𝙣 𝙖𝙚𝙧𝙤𝙨𝙥𝙖𝙘𝙚 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙥𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚: ➡

For any further information or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Italy's ADSS Seattle Presence

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Surely you didn't think Colorado Springs was going to be the final stop of the 🌌"𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙖 𝙇𝙤𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝙎𝙥𝙖𝙘𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙄𝙩𝙖𝙡𝙮"🚀 campaign!? The week immediately after, we will take another industry-leading delegation of 32 exhibiting companies to Aerospace & Defense Supplier Summit Seattle from April 11-13.

Stay tuned for the launch of our official event landing page and details on our 𝗻𝗲𝘁𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗼𝗻 𝗔𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗹 𝟭𝟭𝘁𝗵, planned with the great help of Greater Seattle Partners.

In the meantime, discover the exhibiting companies below who will be present at #ADSS. If you would like to schedule a meeting 🤝 with any of the exhibiting companies at the Italian Pavilion or before your time in Seattle, please do not hesitate to contact our office at: ✉

A.Abete srl | #Aerea | ALA ALFA MECCANICA SRL | #AlmaSistemi | CAAST S.p.A. | Connex Italiana Srl | Deagle | Distretto Aerospaziale della Campania - DAC | Ecor International | Fabrica Machinale (Roboticom) | GFM S.P.A. | HTT - Centro Affilatura | LMA srl - Aerospace Technology | MA GROUP | OMA (Officine Meccaniche Aeronautiche) | #OMPM | Optec SpA | O.V.S. Villella Aerospace S.r.l. | #PCM | Poggipolini S.p.A. | DAVI Promau | Roboze | Aero Sekur | SOMACIS | Pietro Rosa TBM | Tecnavan - Tecnologie Avanzate s.r.l. | Test Industry (Bimal) | UMBRAGROUP | Umbria Aerospace Systems S.p.A. | VECA-GROUP | Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale
#SpaceInItaly #ItalianSpace #ITA #ItalianInnovation ITA Houston - Italian Trade Agency |Agenzia Spaziale Italiana

Italian Space Spotlight: Bianca Cefalo

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Our office celebrates the contributions of Italian women to advancements in the ever-expanding field of aerospace. Specifically, we are pleased to spotlight Bianca Cefalo, Founder & CEO of Space DOTS® Ltd and one of our first 🌌“𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝗟𝗼𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗦𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗜𝘁𝗮𝗹𝘆”🚀campaign ambassadors.

Since she was knee-high in Napoli, Bianca always had ambitions to dive into the scientific world, reading up on the latest developments in aerodynamics, robots and emerging tech in her free time. Bianca’s passion for science would only continue to grow.

At 23 years old, she moved to Berlin and became the youngest Italian analyst 💼 assigned to the HP3 Instrument on the NASA/JPL Insight Mars Mission, which landed on Mars in 2018. She’s actively contributed to the delivery of multiple science missions, disruptive innovation roadmaps and commercial Spacecraft platforms, Payloads and Telecommunication Satellites sponsored by NASA, ESA, DLR, UKSA and EU🛰.

Her talents have brought her to live in London where she’s a proud Feminist, STEM Ambassador and a public speaker. Bianca has a long held and strong dedication 💪 to helping bring more women to the table of aerospace through mentoring, advocating, and taking her time to speak with groups of young women exploring the sector. She’s the proud CEO & Co-founder, Space DOTS® Ltd, International Business Director of Carbice Corporation (based in Atlanta, GA) and member of the boards of directors of a plethora of budding Aerospace companies and organizations (LunargisticsTRENDS Research & Advisory and Cosmica Space Consulting, to name a few).

We’ve been very fortunate to have her support along the campaign and are proud to spotlight some of her accomplishments.

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Italy's Space Symposium Presence

🚀𝙃𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙬𝙚 𝙜𝙤 𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙞𝙣!

The #SpaceinItaly 🌌 campaign, "𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝗟𝗼𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗦𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗜𝘁𝗮𝗹𝘆", turns its spotlight towards the next Italian Pavilion event, Space Foundation's 37th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, CO (April 5-7).

Italy will arrive in Colorado as a united "𝙎𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙢𝙖 𝙄𝙩𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙖", where #ITA will partner 🤝 with the Agenzia Spaziale Italiana , Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C., AIPAS – Associazione delle Imprese per le Attività Spaziali – ASAS Space-based Applications and Services#AIAD (Federazione Aziende Italiane Per L'Aerospazio, La Difesa E La Sicurezza).

This will be the first time that Italy will have a dedicated pavilion at Space Symposium featuring 13 industry-leading #Italian #aerospace companies looking to expand their footprints in the U.S. market.

#ASI President Giorgio Saccoccia will attend the conference, along with Italian Space Attache' Aniello Violetti. This expansion of Italian participation at Space Symposium is part of a new effort dedicated to not only 🎉 celebrating Italy's past contributions to global aerospace, but also securing its position as a future leading space technology provider 🛠.

Ahead of the symposium, be sure to check out our landing page to learn more about the exhibiting companies, Italy's aerospace mission and the full catalog of active Italian aerospace companies:

🔍Discover the Italian companies exhibiting in our delegation:

AIKO - Autonomous Space Missions|#AlmaSistemi|Altec SPAConnex Italiana Srl|Intecs|IRCA S.p.A./Zoppas Industries Heating Element Technologies|Leaf SpaceNurjana Technologies |Officina Stellare S.p.A |Sabelt S.p.A. |Telespazio Spa

If you are interested in meeting any of the companies in the Italian delegation, please leave a comment or reach out to us at:

Italian Aerospace Excellence: Cygnus

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Thales Alenia Space (joint venture between Thales 67% and Leonardo 33%) is a true leader in Italian innovation in space (Rocketship). One of its several crown jewel projects is the ongoing Cygnus program, affirming its status as the exclusive provider of cargo logistics services and resources to the International Space Station. The project began in 2009 with the signing of a collaborative agreement between Thales and Norhtrop Grumman. Since its inception, the program has completed 17 successful cargo delivery missions to the #ISS, carrying over 70,000 pounds of critical supplies.   

The latest Cygnus resupply vessel, named in honor of former astronaut and renowned climate scientist Piers Sellers, has successfully docked to the International Space Station (ISS). The 17th Cygnus operational mission was launched by an Antares 230+ rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia, on Saturday, February 19.

Thales Alenia Space’s Turin plant is already producing the next three Cygnus Pressurized Cargo Modules: PCM-18 is undergoing advanced integration in preparation for a launch planned in August 2022, while both PCM-19 and PCM-20 are being assembled.

Given Thales Alenia’s proven history and track record, it is an incredibly sought after and reliable partner of several dynamic aerospace players in the United States. Houston-based Axiom Space recently signed a development contract for two key pressurized elements of Axiom Space Station - the world’s first commercial space station. Scheduled for launch in 2024 and 2025 respectively, the two elements will originally be docked to the International Space Station (ISS), marking the birth of the new Axiom Station segment.

Axiom Station will serve as humanity’s central hub for research, manufacturing, and commerce in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), expanding the usable and habitable volume of the ISS, attached to the ISS Node 2 module, built also by Thales Alenia Space. When the ISS is decommissioned, the Axiom modules will detach and operate as a free-flying, next-generation commercial space station, a laboratory and residential infrastructure in space, that will be used for microgravity experiments in-space manufacturing, critical exploration life support testing, and hosting both private and professional institutional astronauts. Axiom Space Station will be the cornerstone of a permanent, prosperous human presence and a thriving network of commercial activity in LEO, enabling new advances both on Earth and further out in space. The first two elements to be launched will accommodate up to 4 people each.

The Italian Trade Agency is proud to celebrate not only continuous efforts of Thales Alenia, but those of *all* Italian aerospace companies across the peninsula and islands. You can discover every Italian aerospace company by downloading the complete catalog (200+ companies) here:      

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Italian Space Attache' Spotlight

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗔𝘁𝘁𝗮𝗰𝗵é 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗜𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗘𝗺𝗯𝗮𝘀𝘀𝘆 𝗶𝗻 𝗪𝗮𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘁𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗻 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘆𝗲𝗿 𝗶𝗻 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗜𝘁𝗮𝗹𝘆’𝘀 𝗮𝗲𝗿𝗼𝘀𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗴𝘆 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲𝘀.

The position of Space Attaché was first created at the Italian Embassy in Washington on December 23, 2011, with the signing of 📜 Memorandum of Understanding between the Agenzia Spaziale Italiana and the Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale. In July of 2021, Colonel Aniello Violetti was named the new Space Attaché at the Italian Embassy to the United States in Washington, D.C.
To coincide with Italy’s intensified collaboration on human and robotic deep space exploration efforts, Italian Space Attachés have helped secure and bring the following projects to fruition over the years:

-  Bilateral Framework Protocol on the Promotion and Development of Collaboration in the Space Sector (2013);

-  Memorandum of Understanding between NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration and 🤝#ASI on the use of COSMO-SkyMed satellites (2015);

-  Memorandum of Understanding 📜 between the Federal Aviation Administration and ENAC - Ente Nazionale per l'Aviazione Civile and #ASI on Commercial Space Transportation (2016);

-  Agreement 🛠 between Angel Company and Virgin Galactic on space transport (2018);

-  Agreement on Suborbital Flights between #VirginGalactic and the Aeronautica Militare (2019);

-   Joint Declaration between Italy and the United States on Human Space Exploration, followed by the signing of the 'Artemis Accords' with #NASA aimed at returning to the surface of the Moon 🌙 (2020).
Italy’s newest aerospace efforts were carried out with the United States and partners in the European Space Agency - ESA. All parties are aware of the positive externalities that will come from the New Space Economy💱.

The #ITA Office of #Houston is proud to support Italy’s aerospace mission in the United States by continuously promoting Italian companies of all sizes through the 🚀“𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝗟𝗼𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗦𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗜𝘁𝗮𝗹𝘆”🛰 campaign.

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Italy's First Spaceport

𝗜𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘂𝗽 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝗻𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗯𝗲𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗲! To respond to the ever-increasing demand for space launch capabilities, Italy started building its 𝙤𝙬𝙣 spaceport in 2018 located in the Apulia Region (Grottaglie) on the heel 👢of Italy’s famous boot.

The spaceport will become a center of excellence for research 🔬and carry out suborbital flight experiments and training of astronauts and pilots (for didactic and space tourism purposes) using Virgin Galactic aircrafts.

Virgin Galactic’s Italian partners include Altec SPA, a company owned by the Agenzia Spaziale Italiana, and SITAEL, Italy’s largest private space company. The three actors are now actively working to build an entirely new spacecraft that will remain at the #Grottaglie Spaceport indefinitely 🚀.

The airport, designated by the Ministero delle Infrastrutture e della Mobilità Sostenibili as Italy’s first spaceport, boasts one of the longest runways in #Europe (3.6km). It will be one of only a few ports capable of handling the taking off and landing of space vehicles.

The aerospace sector in #Apulia made great progress in a relatively short period of time. In 2009, the value of regional sector exports accounted for less than 5% of Italian sector exports; in 2017 the regional share increased to 11.5%. Looking at the latest figures available for the first nine months of 2018, 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝘀𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘂𝗽 𝗯𝘆 𝟰𝟲% 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗮𝗺𝗲 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝟮𝟬𝟭𝟳 📈.

The growing importance of the Grottaglie airport for the aerospace industry in Italy is not only due to favorable general conditions (location, climate☀, infrastructure) but above all, to the joint efforts of various stakeholders: public institutions at the national and regional level; #ASI (Italian Space Agency); the regional research network represented by local universities and research centers and the Apulian Aerospace Technological Cluster (DTA). The DTA Distretto Tecnologico Aerospaziale scarl is a partner to a framework cooperation agreement with #AdP (AEROPORTI DI PUGLIA SPA) for the development of the “Grottaglie Test Bed” initiative.

Regione Puglia #SpaceinItaly #ItalianSpace #ItalianInnovation


COSMO-SkyMed Launch

This week we are actively celebrating the global contributions of Italian Space, as the second satellite of the 𝗖𝗢𝗦𝗠𝗢-𝗦𝗸𝘆𝗺𝗲𝗱 𝗦𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗱 𝗚𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 will be launched with a SpaceX...


Italy & NASA

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One of the pillar points of our “𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐋𝐨𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐒𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐈𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐲” campaign is focused on highlighting Italy’s contributions to the ever-expanding field of aerospace. The Agenzia Spaziale Italiana knows that these contributions are much easier to make when working with prolific partners like NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Italy is proud to be the only major European space agency with an exclusive bilateral collaboration agreement with NASA. The forming of this bilateral agreement led directly to the formation of the IXPE Program (Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer).

By obtaining X-ray polarimetry and polarimetric imaging of cosmic sources, IXPE addresses two specific science objectives: to determine the radiation processes and detailed properties of specific cosmic X-ray sources or categories of sources; and to explore general relativistic and quantum effects in extreme environments. This will grant the international community unprecedented knowledge on extreme and exotic astronomical objects such as stellar and supermassive black holes, neutron stars and pulsars.

Discover more about ASI and NASA ’s work together:

Keep up with us on social media to continue to receive updates on the “𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐋𝐨𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐒𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐈𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐲” campaign. Don’t forget to explore our landing page: at: to discover the full 2021-2022 catalog of all 200+ active Italian companies in the field of aerospace.  

#SpaceInItaly #ItalianAerospace #Aerospazio #ITA #ItalianInnovation #IXPE