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Division of Space Activities


Coordinator: Roberto Della Ceca

Tel.: 06 355 33 212/ 02 72320333

Mobile:   335 1587514

Engineering support:

Andrea Argan :Tel.: 06 355 33 330

Technical secretary:

Marco Santoro: Tel.: 06 355 33 212
Fax: 06 355 33 359


The Space activities department was established by the INAF administrative advisory panel on 10th February 2005, and was conceived to create the conditions necessary for the development of space-based  research programs in a multi-national context.

Its main activities are:

- monitoring of INAF's space programs;
- providing a link between ASI and INAF's scientific community;
- providing support for the initialisation of scientific activity of common interest via a "negotiating table" between ASI and INAF;
- giving support to personnel during all successive phases of negotiation with ASI (draft agreements, progress and final meetings);
- providing a link and support for ongoing space activities involving INAF and universities;
- giving support to the management of the ASI Science Data Centre;
- giving management support to engineering and product assurance of programs that involve INAF institutes;
- reporting, where appropriate, to the INAF CDA and CS on progress in the various areas.

Internal report UOAS n. 1/2011 "Contracts and agreements following the UOAS"

Internal report UOAS n. 2/2011 "INAF Space Projects"

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THESEUS: a new window on the early Universe and the multi-messenger transient sky

May 10, 2018

THESEUS: a new window on the early Universe and the multi-messenger transient sky The European Space Agency announced the three space missions selected for ESA’s fifth medium class mission in its Cosmic Vision science programme. One of them is THESEUS, in which the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics plays a major role

The remote galaxy that is “dying out”

May 10, 2018

The remote galaxy that is “dying out” An impetuous outflow of ionized gas and carbon monoxide leaks from galaxy Xid2028, located at 9.6 billion light years from us, having a supermassive black hole in the centre. The discovery by INAF researchers.

K2-3: A system of three likely sub-Neptunes

Mar 22, 2018

K2-3: A system of three likely sub-Neptunes A team led by astronomers from INAF presented a new study aimed at determining accurate masses for the three planets in orbit aroud the M-dwarf star K2-3