Thanks to the satellites in orbit, we are able to receive images coming from every part of the world, make phone calls everywhere, monitor the movement of work vehicles and make air and naval navigation safe.

Our planet is surrounded by a web of satellites, which allow us to receive images coming from every part of the world, make phone calls everywhere, monitor the movement of work vehicles and make air and naval navigation safe. A global network, which is already radically changing our daily life and will do so more and more in the next few years, giving an essential contribution to the economic development.

Through the Italian Space Agency, Italy gained a significant role in this industry thanks to important investments. At a national level, it manufactured the Sirio (1977) and Italsat F1 and F2 (1991, 1996) satellites. At a European level, it took part in several satellite development projects, including Artemis (2001).

Furthermore, the ASI is committed to implement a national strategy for Galileo, the European positioning and satellite navigation system which entered service at the end of 2016.

The future of the industry of telecommunication and navigation is linked to a new generation of satellites, designed to adapt to different missions: from mobile communications to multimedia services, from environmental monitoring to satellite-assisted navigation for precise positioning in air, sea and land transportation.

‣ All the missions

Galileo

Galileo ‣

Galileo is the European Union global satellite navigation system, designed to send radio signals for positioning, navigation and time measurement

Athena-Fidus

Athena-Fidus ‣

Athena-Fidus is a satellite system for “broadband” communication services, for civil and military uses by the government, developed by the ASI and the CNES


Sirio

Sirio ‣

Sirio is an experimental, geostationary artificial telecommunication satellite, the first to be designed and manufactured in Italy

Artemis

Artemis ‣

Artemis is a European Space Agency telecommunication satellite, launched on July 12th, 2001, from the spaceport of Kourou, French Guyana

Egnos

Egnos ‣

Egnos is a satellite system developed by the Esa, the European Commission and Eurocontrol. It consists of a network of satellites and land bases, and aims at improving the accuracy of GPS

Italsat F1 and F2

Italsat F1 and F2 ‣

Italsat was the first satellite programme directly managed by the Italian Space Agency, and involved two experimental telecommunication satellites

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