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Italy has an active role in the field of space activities since the very beginning being an international forum for discussions - especially for Earth and human protection - and being the third Country in the world in 1964 to have a satellite in orbit, “San Marco I” and the first country to experiment sea launches from the oceanic platform “San Marco” in Kenya starting from 1966 to 1988.
Nowadays, Italy continues to keep this role alive thanks to the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and other industries and firms which are representing the beating core of the Italian contribution to Research and Development in space, not only in Europe, but in the international context as well: among the many achievements of the agency, ASI is the main contributor to the new European launcher Vega.
Thanks to ESA-ESRIN located in Frascati and ASI in Rome, exhibitions, conferences and visits are readily available and often oriented towards the 18-35 year old community in Italy.
The country must continue to grow this domestic interest for outer space, and has to keep on improving cooperation, something that is never enough for the whole international community.
Italy is also a member of the European Space Agency, ESA, since 1972. In its history, Italy had 5 astronauts. In 2009 ESA chose 2 new Italian astronauts: Luca Parmitano (currently on ISS with Expedition 36/37) and Samantha Cristoforetti (assigned to Expedition 41/42 in 2014).
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Young Space Activities Overview in Italy
Given that the field of outer space really developed in Italy, the youth community is not very active in promoting space knowledge among the country itself. However, there are some regions where space is not covered very well because of the weakness of the space industry in such regions. Recently, Universities and Institutes have been pushing their local authorities for a more active role in the space field. Networks which link universities, research institutes, public administration and European institutions and organisations have been set up trying to bring space everywhere in Italy.
Space related events in Italy, 2013
- 2nd Advanced Course on Radar Polarimetry, Frascati (21-25 January): The European Space Agency organises the 2nd Advanced Course on Radar Polarimetry for Post graduate, PhD students, post-doctoral research scientists and users from European countries and Canada.
- 2nd IAA Conference on University Satellites Missions/2nd Cubesate Winter Workshop in Europe, Rome (3-9 February): The event is dedicated to the new generation of university satellites: micro, pico, femtosatellites, from cubesats to pocketsats and it will provide the opportunity to students to have an overview of the current status of the university microsatellites.
- Asiago Winter School: Very High Time and Space Resolution Astrophysics, Asiago (27 February - 7 March): The School is open to PhD and graduate students in Astronomy, Physics, Mathematics, Engineering. The main objective of the School is to present scientific and technological aspects of Very High Time and Space Resolution Astrophysics (HTSRA) made possible by large telescopes and single photon counting photometers.
- 8th IAA Symposium on Realistic Advanced Scientific Space Missions: Towards The Stars, Torino (3-5 July): The aim is to promote an exchange of ideas and experiences among those interested in the various scientific, technological, human and ethical aspects of outer solar system and interstellar exploration and to propose new missions.
- 19th Ka and Broadband Communications, Navigation and Earth Observation Conference/31st AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Conference (ICSSC), Florence (14-17 October): The objective of this Joint Conference is to provide an in depth exploration of the technical, regulatory, economic, and marketing issues on satellite communications, navigation and Earth observation.
Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in Italy
Milan: Politecnico di Milano, Department of Aerospace Engineering
Rome: Università degli studi di Roma "La Sapienza", Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Turin: Politecnico di Torino, DIASP
Bologna: "Alma Mater Studiorum" Università di Bologna, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering
Naples: Seconda Università degli studi di Napoli, Department of Aerospace Engineering
Padova: Università di Padova, Department of Aerospace and Astronautical Engineering
Pisa: Università di Pisa, Department of Aerospace Engineering
Lecce: Università del Salento
Enna: Università degli studi di Enna "Kore"
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