ISSC Speakers

Marco Brancati – Telespazio

Mr. Brancati began his career at Selenia Industrie where he dealt with System Analysis activities for the Electronic Defence Division, prior to moving to the Telespazio Group in 1990.

Since mid-2016 Marco has been the Chief Technology & Innovation Officer and has been responsible for Information Technology as well for whole Telespazio group since June 2021.

His prior experience includes: subsystem project manager for the Italsat F1 and SAX satellite missions, Program Manager for the Operations Engineering and O&M activities relevant to the Iridium and Astrolink programs, Key Account Manager for EC and Eumetsat, and management of the Telespazio Studies Unit within the Studies and Innovative Projects Business Unit. He was also responsible for Telespazio Institutional Programs (Sicral 1B and Athena-FIDUS among the others), and he served as the Head of Marketing & Commercial Planning.

In September 2008 Marco was appointed Vice President of Telespazio Network & Connectivity Business Line, responsible for the development of all TLC and TV programs and products in the company. In February 2011 he was appointed Senior Vice President of Network & Connectivity Business Unit at the group level. In the same year he completed his Executive Leadership Program at London Imperial College.

Luigi Carrino – DAC

Luigi Carrino is professor of the disciplinary scientific sector ING-IND / 16 “Technologies and Processing Systems” at the University of Naples Federico II where he teaches “Technologies of Aerospace Materials” and “Technologies of Unconventional Materials”.

He is the author of over 250 scientific publications, mostly of an international nature, has published 3 books on innovative production technologies and edited a text on technology transfer. He has also published over 200 popular scientific articles in national and international journals.

Luigi Carrino is president of the Board of Directors of the Aerospace Technological District of Campania (DAC) – S.c.a.r.l. Advisor to the President of the Campania Regional Council for Aerospace policies and the strengthening and enhancement of the related supply chains. Member of the Board of Directors of the Mechatronics Industry Section of the Union of Industrialists of Naples. Coordinator of the National Committee of Aerospace Districts – CTNA.

Member of the Governing Body of the National Aerospace Technology Cluster, he is also Vice-president of the Campania Academy Aerospace Foundation and Member of the Scientific Committee of the Cluster Spring (Sustainable Processes and Resources for Innovation and National Growth). In the past, Luigi Carrino has also been the President of CIRA – Italian Aerospace Research Center.

Radim Badsi – Groundspace

Radim is an entrepreneur with a background in ground segment design, spacecraft operations and satellite communications. He is the co-founder and CEO of Groundspace, a startup focusing on operations automation and mission support solutions. Radim has over ten years of experience designing innovative software solutions for communication satellite operators. He is currently based in Montpellier in southern France.

Gennaro Russo – CNS

Gennaro Russo is co-founder and director of the Center for Near Space of the Italian Institute for the Future, devoted to anticipation studies on the Expansion of Humanity in Space. He is member of the staff of DAC, the Campania Aerospace District, managing Space and Defense activities. He is member of the International Academy of Astronautics and in 2013, he co-founded Space Renaissance Italia assuming the role of president up to May 2015.

He is co-founder of TRANS-TECH, an SME devoted to technology transfer and very high-tech projects. He is co-conceiver and project manager of the HYPLANE project.

Gennaro Russo worked at CIRA, the Italian Aerospace Research Center, for some 25 years managing almost all space related programs, projects and facilities, mostly devoted to space transportation and reentry.

He led in particular the PRORA-USV program, playing the role of flight director for balloon-dropped trans-supersonic flight tests. He was designer of the 70MW SCIROCCO Plasma Wind Tunnel for duplicating reentry aerothermodynamics conditions.

At the beginning of his career, he worked for about ten years with the Microgravity Research Team led by Luigi G. Napolitano at University of Naples, designing, preparing and analyzing some experiments executed on board the ESA Spacelab.

Gennaro Russo is also the author of more than 150 papers presented and/or published at national and international congresses.

Prof. Sergio De Rosa – AIDAA

Prof. Sergio De Rosa was, from the beginning of his research activity, involved in the engineering fields concerning the structural dynamics, the vibroacoustics and the fluid-structure interaction in large sense. In 1988, he became researcher at the Italian Aerospace Research Center, CIRA and, in 1992, he became researcher at University of Naples “Federico II”; in 2014 he was appointed as full professor: his entire academic career is developed in the sector named Aerospace Structures and belongs to the pastalab group (

His main research fields are: Models for the structural dynamics and interior acoustics; Asymptotical Scaled Modal Analysis; definition of similitudes and asymptotical modelling for structural Acoustics; stochastic response of structural and fluid-structural systems under random and convective excitations; Convective effect on the acoustic radiated power by structural components. He is one of the founder of “flinovia“ research community ( and one of the editors of the associated books (

He has been involved in several research projects funded by the European Directorate since 1991. He acts in many peer-reviewed journals with different roles: from the simple reviewer to the deputy position for Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science (SAGE).

Gianluca Giuffrida – IngeniArs

Gianluca Giuffrida got bachelor’s degree in computer engineering at the Università degli studi di Catania in 2015 and master’s degree in Embedded Computing System at S. Anna and University of Pisa in 2018. Master’s thesis work was based on an autonomous robotic arm for people with disabilities exploiting machine learning algorithms for object detection.

He completed his PhD in Information Engineering at the University of Pisa where his main research topics cover Artificial Intelligence for satellite embedded systems, hardware-software co-design, Computer Vision and Robotics. Actually, he is working as Business Developer and Advance Applications at IngeniArs S.r.l.

Alessandra Vernile – Eurisy

Alessandra Vernile is a young professional with a background in International Relations, Intelligence, and Space Policy. Alessandra took her first steps in the space sector in 2015, joining the European Space Agency (ESA) Strategy Department in Paris with a focus on Member States’ space policy developments.

In 2016, Alessandra was the recipient of the ASI-SIOI fellowship, bringing her to Vienna to work at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI). There she investigated the role of private actors in the space sector and had the opportunity of learning more about the contribution of space technology to SDGs.

Currently, Alessandra works full-time at Eurisy, facilitating the uptake of satellite-based solutions by societal actors. Within the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), Alessandra served as Project Groups Coordinator between 2018 and 2022. Since 2021, Alessandra has been a member of the IAF EO Technical Committee and is part of the organizing committee of the IAF Launchpad Mentorship Initiative.