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Webinar: Italy's Space Sector

Wednesday, March 31 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am • Organized By U.S. Department of Commerce/U.S. Commercial Service (U.S. Export Assistance Center)
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Join the US Commercial Service for an Informative Webinar on Italy’s Space Sector:

Background on the Italian Space Sector

Italy ranks sixth in the world and third in Europe after Germany and France with some 600 companies and 7,000 workers that generated about 2.4 billion USD in 2018.  Italy’s know-how includes launcher production, satellite production, ground stations, flight control and data transmission.  The industry is characterized by a few large system integrators able to assemble complex systems and a wide community of interconnected small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) accounting for 80 percent of the national market.

Italy is one of the primary European country contributing to the European Space Agency (ESA) programs, directing about 66 percent of its space activities budget towards ESA. The principle programs with Italian engagement include Copernicus 4.0, Govsatcom (Thales and consortium of domestic companies to build Ital-GovSatCom, EXOMARS 2020 and CosmoSkyMed, Future EO, Gateway and Space Rider. Italy is a signature country to the Artemis Program and intends to actively participate in several areas, including building crew habitation, conduct of scientific experiments and providing communications technology for the project.

Italian companies have also proven to be receptive of foreign technologies and know-how. In 2018, Telespazio and Thales Alenia Space acquired a minority stakes in the Seattle-based company Spaceflight in order to jointly develop and produce the BlackSky EO satellite constellation and provide related services. This strategy allowed Telespazio and Thales Alenia Space to develop hardware construction know-how, its application to flight-related services and to access the promising space-based data sector.

Webinar Agenda and Speakers

  • Welcome & Introduction, Mr. Thomas Smitham, Charge d’Affaires ad interim, US Embassy Rome
  • Mike Gold, NASA Associate Administrator; Italian Space Agency
  • Giorgio Saccoccia, President; and Italian Defense Programs
  • LTC Walter Villadei, Italian Air Force Office of Space Policy
  • Q&A