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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"

-space projects
-UOAS activities
-Grants and opportunities
-National and international context
-Vision documents
-Useful documents

Space, ASI’s Sardinia Deep Space Antenna inaugurated

Sep 09, 2017

Space, ASI’s Sardinia Deep Space Antenna inaugurated The SDSA is located at the Sardinia Radio Telescope-SRT: the large radio telescope for the study of the Universe, situated near Cagliari and developed by the National Institute for Astrophysics-INAF in collaboration with ASI, Regione Sardegna and the Ministry of Education, University and Research-MIUR.

Space, Let’s go to Mars

Sep 09, 2017

Space, Let’s go to Mars An educational video game to explore the Red Planet

Carina Nebula, INAF identifies new star formations

Sep 09, 2017

Carina Nebula, INAF identifies new star formations The Gaia-ESO Survey: Global properties of clusters Trumpler 14 and 16 in the Carina nebula study conducted by Francesco Damiani from INAF of Palermo, involving a number of researchers from the INAF observatories of Arcetri, Bologna, Catania, Padua and Palermo, has been recently published in Astronomy & Astrophysics.