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   The Italian Space Agency was born on 20 May 1988, to coordinate the efforts and investments that Italy has dedicated to the industry since the 1960s. It is a national public institution, which depends on the Ministry of University and research and work in collaboration with several other ministries, particularly the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Communications               

The ASI was set up in 1988, but since December 15, 1964 with San Marco project the Italy was the third country after RUSSIA and the United States to launch its own satellite. The launch was made from Wallops Island (Virginia, USA) with a vector Scout. This project was dedicated to the study of the atmosphere and is a collaborative effort between the Aerospace Research Center CRA directed by prof. Luigi Broglio in Rome and NASA. The San Marco 2 was launched in April 1967 by the first Italian base at Malindi in Kenya called "Luigi Broglio Space Centre", and so other 3 satellites which the last in 1988. By 1988 this basis is no longer used but its antennas are still used.

                                          

The fundamental activity of the ASI is the search that is divided between basic research in various disciplines oriented to space technology and space exploration with astronomical satellites, and interplanetary probes sent to collect data of all kinds. In the years the Italian Space Agency and the Italian industry sector have conquered a recognized relevance at international level.

 

Space Geodesy Centre Giusepe Colombo-Matera. Geodetic station operating since 1983 in Matera in Basilicata which bears the name of a great Italian resercher Giuseppe Colombo. Through data processing from different satellites in orbit and from other centers, the Center conducts Earth's geodynamic study as the movement of continental, the motion of the Poles, the terrestrial gravitational field. The Center also has a MLRO (Matera Laser Ranging Observatory) that is a sophisticated system of laser measurement. There is also a Department of Space Robotics and automation.

  

Stratospheric Balloon Launch Base Luigi Broglio-Trapani. Operational since 1975 near Trapani airport, make balloon launches probe that can reach 40 Km altitude carrying measuring instruments. These studies thus conducted are still useful.

                     (Photo credit ASI) 


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            San Marco 1 launch

           Luigi Broglio

           

 

        Malindi - L.Broglio Space C. 
  Giuseppe Colombo

The ASI strives for space activities have an impact on the quality of daily life, the country's security, strengthening infrastructure, improving the Italian industrial system.

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