Consulate of Italy Celebrates Italy's Pioneering Role in Aerospace at "Italy - The Eternal Innovator in Space" Event

Sep 11, 2023 391

On September 7 night, the Consulate of Italy, as part of its esteemed LoveITDetroit series of events, hosted a captivating evening dedicated to Italy's remarkable contributions to the global aerospace industry. Titled "Italy - The Eternal Innovator in Space," the event drew attendees from various sectors eager to explore Italy's rich history of aerospace innovation.

The event featured a stellar lineup of speakers, each bringing unique insights and expertise to the forefront: David Avino, CEO and Founder of Argotec; Marcello Persico, VP of Persico Group; Mirko Gamba, Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan and Associate Director of the Space Institute.

David Avino, CEO and Founder of Argotec: Renowned for its cutting-edge technology solutions, Argotec is a leading player in Italy's aerospace industry. Mr. Avino shared invaluable perspectives on Argotec's journey in the aerospace sector and its role in pushing the boundaries of space exploration. Their LICIACube autonomously managed deep space mission recently won the AIAA (American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics) Mission of the Year award.

Marcello Persico, VP of Persico Group: Recounting the Company’s history in Automotive, and the risk taking attitude that brought Persico to extend into the Marine Sector (highlighting their efforts in America’s Cup Luna Rossa vessel) and then their foray into the Aerospace field. Mr. Persico shed light on the remarkable strides the Persico Group has made in shaping a number of key industries, with space being their newest frontier.

Mirko Gamba, Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan and Associate Director of the Space Institute: With a distinguished academic background and expertise in aerospace engineering, Prof. Gamba moderated the event brilliantly and enlightened the audience on Italy's collaborative efforts with international partners, including the renowned University of Michigan Space Institute.

Consul Allegra Baistrocchi was able to highlight how Italy's aerospace industry has reached unprecedented heights in recent years, and the event showcased just a few remarkable statistics underscoring the nation's influence on the global stage:

Italy has a long tradition in the aerospace industry: it was the first country in the world to build a certified convertiplane for civilian use, was the third country in the world to launch a satellite into orbit, and more than half of the pressurized volume of the international module at the International Space Station is made in Italy.

Italy plays a crucial role in international space missions, notably through the European Space Agency (ESA), where it is a key member. Just last September, Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti commanded the International Space Station – where she enjoyed a Lavazza coffee made by Argotec

"The 'Italy - The Eternal Innovator in Space' event was a testament to Italy's enduring commitment to aerospace excellence," stated Allegra Baistrocchi, Consul General of Italy. "With such outstanding speakers and compelling insights, we are proud to celebrate Italy's pivotal role in shaping the future of space exploration."

The Consulate of Italy extends its heartfelt gratitude to all attendees, speakers, and partners who made this event a resounding success. As Italy continues to push the boundaries of innovation in all sectors, the LoveITDetroit series remains committed to fostering cultural exchange and promoting collaboration between Italy and the United States.

SOURCE: Italian Consulate in Detroit

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