You need means of transportation to move on Earth. You need means of transportation to move in space. Italy is at the forefront, both on Earth and in space.

Today, through the ASI and the Italian industry, Italy carries on a long and important research tradition in the field of space propulsion. The primary mission pursued by the ASI in the industry of space transportation aims at supporting the development and manufacturing of transportation systems which contribute to the strategic independency of the European access to space. Space transportation systems are complex by nature, and they require huge manufacturing and production capacities and the operational availability of targeted ground-based infrastructure. Because of this, they are manufactured by the ASI mainly through a European-level cooperation, within the ESA, and an international-level cooperation (with the Russian partners, in particular), accompanied by a strongly synergic and complementary national activity.

‣ ALL THE MISSIONS

VEGA

VEGA ‣

Vega is a project which was born in Italy and was subsequently adopted by the ESA. It’s a launcher which is capable of carrying a mass payload between 300 and 1500 kilograms  

ARIANE

ARIANE ‣

The Ariane programme refers to a set of launchers designed by the Arianespace consortium on behalf of the ESA.


VEGA C

VEGA C ‣

Vega C is the evolution of the current Vega launcher and is designed to increase its payload up to 2200 kg in low terrestrial orbit

ARIANE 6

ARIANE 6 ‣

Ariane 6, in its different Ariane 62 and 64 configurations, is a new launcher which will debut in 2020 and will replace Ariane 5 in 2023

ALTEC-VIRGIN GALACTIC

ALTEC-VIRGIN GALACTIC ‣

The Altec-Virgin Galactic agreement involves the manufacturing of an Italian spaceport in the area of Taranto-Grottaglie, for suborbital flight experiments

SPACE RIDER

SPACE RIDER ‣

The Space Rider is a project of automated space vehicle, which can be reused for unmanned re-entry and is currently being studied by the ESA and mainly funded by Italy

IXV

IXV ‣

IXV (Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle) is an experimental space vehicle, whose mission consists of assessing the ability to carry out a controlled atmospheric re-entry from a low terrestrial orbit

ATV

ATV ‣

Atv was a space vehicle developed by the ESA, whose goal was carrying supplies to the International Space Station and bring the station back to the right orbit.

IRIS

IRIS ‣

Iris is the Italian propulsion system which, in 1992, orbited the Lageos-2 satellite through the Space Shuttle Columbia

‣ News

THURSDAY 15 OCTOBER 2020

ASI and JAXA sign the Memorandum of Cooperation ‣

The Space Agencies to cooperate in space activities for peaceful purposes MORE...

TUESDAY 13 OCTOBER 2020

International Partners Advance Cooperation with First Signings of the Artemis Accords   ‣

 International cooperation on and around the Moon as part of the Artemis program is taking a step forward today with the signing of the Artemis Accords between NASA and several partner countries MORE...

WEDNESDAY 07 OCTOBER 2020

1st Space Economy Leaders Meeting – Space20 ‣

Italian Space Agency (ASI) to host the 2nd Space Economy Leaders Meeting in 2021

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MONDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2020

MARSIS, SALTY WATER BENEATH MARS’ SOUTH POLE CONFIRMED ‣

Marsis: New discovery of a complex system of hypersaline water ponds under the Martian South polar cap MORE...

FRIDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2020

JOINT STATEMENT OF INTENT FOR COOPERATION IN THE ARTEMIS PROGRAM BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE ITALIAN REPUBLIC AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ‣

Hon. Riccardo Fraccaro, Undersecretary of State at the Presidency of the Italian Council of Ministers and Nasa Administrator Jim Bridenstine signed a joint statement of intent for cooperation in the Artemis program

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