Space economy engine of development in Italy

by | Feb 8, 2017

Important figures are connected to the Italian Space Economy, which counts on “a turnover of 1.6 billion euro” and “employs more than 6 thousand employees”. These are the news reported by AdnKronos after the conference on the Space Economy organized by Formiche and Airpress yesterday, February 7.

These numbers, as reported by AdnKronos, add up to the “investments in international programs”. This budget confirms that “for every euro invested for missions in orbit are generated from 3 to 5 euro”, according to the reference space sector. So the space economy can be considered as a “powerful driver of economic development and knowledge”. But “we need a unified strategy”.

“Seeing the Mise and the Ministry of Education (MIUR) at the same table to address the strategies of the Italian space activities is an epoch-making revolution”, said the Minister of Education, University and Research, Valeria Fedeli, talking to Adnkronos. Furthermore, another confirmation of the interest of the Government to push the space sector came from the head of Economic Development Carlo Calenda, who said: “We already have ready funds for 500 million euro that will boost 1 billion euro of investments for industries

Calenda also explained: “Our deadline for the assignment (360 million euros allocated by the CIPE in 2016, more than 140 million euros by the Regions) is eight months from now”.

“The Italian Space Economy was launched, supported by the commitment of the Mise, the Ministry of Education, the Asi– the Italian Space Agency – and the the Italian Government”, confirmed Telespazio’s CEO, Luigi Pasquali, director of the Space sector of the industry giant Leonardo.

CEO of Thales Alenia Space Italy, Donato Amoroso, has spoken about time and speed of action: “Compared to visionaries like Elon Musk and Richard Branson, who break the mold, we have a certain inertia”. But “the competition is expanding, we must have a perspective vision” and, he cut short, “speed up.”

Just recently also Giovanni SylosLabini, President of AIPAS, declared that “we have competent companies in all sectors able to manage both systems and the components. This puts us in the fifth place in the world space economies. These are his words reported by Corriere della Sera in the Economics section, last January. “One of the most important objectives is the attraction of capital, as is the case in the United States”.

All grassland to conquer and Italy is moving.

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