In the last few years, Space has established itself as an essential resource to monitor the Earth, for telecommunications, for Earth observation and geolocation services. Satellite services, and the data extracted from them (observation or positioning) become assets which, together with the potential of digital economy, can anticipate our society’s needs: space technologies and innovations are increasingly influencing our life, in a positive way. 

With the advent of the New Space Economy, the space sector, which for a long time was predominantly supported by the institutions, is witnessing an ambitious intervention by private investors. It’s a real cultural revolution, which is redefining the public/private ratio. 

Today, the Space Economy is recognised by the OECD (“The Space Economy at a Glance”) as one of the most effective motors for economic growth, far beyond the borders of the space sector in the strict sense. Innovation is the key to maintain and strengthen national competitiveness and is pursued through development initiatives for enabling and radically innovative technologies, by promoting opportunities coming from other industries or by facing challenges and opportunities offered by future missions at national and international level.

By enhancing innovation and research results, the knowledge and technologies developed in the context of space projects become available to commercial, industrial, social or research sectors other than those from which they originated. In the last few years, we are increasingly observing a cross-fertilization of terrestrial technologies with space technologies, which is made possible by the rate of evolution of such technologies. Due to it, the concept of transfer from Space to Earth (Spin-Out) and, vice versa, from Earth to Space (Spin-In) becomes an actual synergic development, where both the Space-Related products (products/services enhanced by Space) and the Space-Enabled products (products/services enabled by Space) are characterized by highly innovative elements. 

The lines of action by the ASI (Italian Space Agency) include activities to support technology transfer, through initiatives such as: 

  • transfer of technical-scientific knowledge to/in favour of small and medium-sized enterprises, large enterprises, universities and research centres; 
  • initiatives to support start-ups; 
  • support to competition/challenges and initiatives to look for new ideas; 
  • promotion of public and private additional investments (such as venture capital, risk finance, etc.),  which can have a leverage effect;
  • transfer mechanisms of technologies and methods from other productive sectors;
  • management and safeguard of the patent portfolio; 
  • development of knowledge intelligence tools; 
  • agreements with universities and research centres. 

On March 28th, 2017, the Italian Space Agency and the Hypatia Research Consortium created an ambitious project, aimed at proposing a new way to interpret applied research and technology transfer, and built the E.Amaldi Foundation, whose purpose is promoting and supporting scientific research for technology transfer, starting from the space sector as a key tool for the economic development of the country and as a source of innovation to improve competitiveness, productivity and employment. 


THE ITALIAN SPACE INDUSTRY CATALOGUE

The Italian Space Industry 2020 Catalogue

INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER

The ITT activities can be summarised in three main macro-areas:

AGREEMENTS WITH RESEARCH AND INNOVATION STAKEHOLDERS, TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER: SPIN-OUT / SPIN-IN and RESEARCH & INNOVATION INTELLIGENCE
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS, and MANAGEMENT AND ENHANCEMENT OF THE PATENT PORTFOLIO
INCUBATORS: START-UPS AND SPIN-OFFS and RISK FINANCE

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FRIDAY 01 JULY 2022

PRISMA for Chlorophyll Concentration Retrieval of Inland Waters ‣

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FRIDAY 17 JUNE 2022

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THURSDAY 16 JUNE 2022

ARTEMIS MISSION: SIGNED AGREEMENT BETWEEN ASI AND NASA ‣

The Italian Space Agency (ASI) will cooperate with NASA to conduct a preliminary design study of the Lunar Surface multi-purpose Habitation Module(s) proposed by ASI for the Artemis program. The agreement has been signed by the President of the Italian Space Agency (ASI), Giorgio Saccoccia, and the Administrator of NASA, Bill Nelson MORE...

WEDNESDAY 15 JUNE 2022

NASA, Partner Agency Leaders to Talk to Space Station Astronauts ‣

On June 17 at  1:40 p.m NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy, Italian Space Agency (ASI) President Giorgio Saccoccia, and U.S. embassy leadership will speak with astronauts aboard the ISS MORE...

SATURDAY 04 JUNE 2022

Material detection based on PRISMA data: photovoltaic panel detection ‣

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