17-19 October 2022
Pisa, Italy
Europe/Rome timezone

Keynote Speakers

Title: Technology Evolution of Satellite Platforms to support emerging space economy challenges 

Speaker: Massimo Claudio Comparini, Deputy CEO ESVP Observation Exploration Navigation at Thales Alenia Space

Bio: Massimo Claudio Comparini graduated in Electronic Engineering from the Sapienza University of Rome and in Strategy from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in Palo Alto, California. Comparini began his space-related career in 1983 at Selenia Spazio (later to become Alenia Spazio), holding various managerial positions until becoming Chief Technical Officer. Comparini is today Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Thales Alenia Space, Joint Venture between Thales and Leonardo, focused on the design and construction of space infrastructures in all the space domains, Executive Senior Vice President for Observation, Exploration and Navigation and CEO of TAS Italia. Former CEO of e-GEOS, Joint venture between Telespazio and Italian Space Agency, CTO of Telespazio and of Thales Alenia Space. Author of over 100 publications, in the field of space and microwave technologies, innovation and technology management, he is a member of numerous steering committees and boards of scientific associations and international conferences. Over the years, he has held several academic chairs in the engineering departments of leading Italian universities.

Title: From Pisa to the stars: Story of a space champion (Sitael) within the Italian Space sector

Speaker: Marco Molina, Managing Director of Sales and Products at Sitael

Bio: Marco Molina graduated cum laude in Aeronautical Engineering (1994) from Politecnico di Milano with a thesis on orbits in the Earth-Moon system, he is a PhD in Aerospace Engineering (2007) at the same university. He is currently Managing Director of Sales and Products at Sitael, the largest privately-owned space industry in Italy, part of the Angel group. His commitment, altogether with his company, is to exploit the potential of space-based technology to improve life quality on Earth. He is in the Italian aerospace industry since 1996. In recent years, he worked for Leonardo as Space CTO (Chief Technical Officer) and was previously Deputy Technical Director of Carlo Gavazzi Space (now OHB ITALIA). He has worked on more than ten missions already launched into orbit: satellites, microgravity experiments and experiments on the International Space Station, including the largest orbital fundamental physics experiment: AMS-02, launched in 2011 and currently operational and PRISMA, the first hyperspectral satellite for Earth monitoring launched in 2019. He was the first to demonstrate in weightlessness the use of Graphene for satellite cooling, in 2018. He is involved in the PLATiNO project, the innovative Italian high-tech and all-electric satellite.


Title: The future of Data Handling Systems, an ESA perspective

Speaker: Ali Zadeh, Head of Data Systems & Microelectronics Division at European Space Agency - ESA

Bio: Ali Zadeh European Space Agency, ESTEC, The Netherlands Dr. Ali Zadeh received his B.S. and M.S. (1993) from the University of Bergen (Norway) and his Ph.D. in Physics from Brunel University, West London (UK) in 1997. In 1996 Dr. Zadeh joined the European Southern Observatory (Munich, Germany) as a CCD specialist. At the end of 1997 to present he is working at the European Space Agency (ESTEC, The Netherlands). At ESA, he started working as a Radiation Effects engineer supporting numerous ESA missions, later heading the Component Space Evaluation and Radiation Effects Section. Since 2018, as Head of the Data Systems, Microelectronics and Component Technology Division, his responsibilities span Data Handling System, On-Board Computers including on-board interfaces, microelectronics development and active/passive EEE Components flown on ESA missions. Dr. Zadeh has authored and co-authored more than 30 papers.