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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


Jan 16, 2023

FIRST IMAGE OF A REGION OF THE MILKY WAY FROM THE PEGASUS SURVEY Led by INAF and Macquarie University, a portion of our Galaxy has been imaged in great detail as part of the PEGASUS survey - a radio astronomy project designed to discover more about the Milky Way

Studying the birth of exoplanets with chemistry

Sep 23, 2022

Studying the birth of exoplanets with chemistry A new study led by Elenia Pacetti, PhD student at La Sapienza University and INAF, jointly uses ultra-volatile, volatile, and refractory elements in the atmospheres of giant planets to develop a unified method to shed light on how and where giant planets form. The new work, published in The Astrophysical Journal, paves the road to the exoplanetary studies of the ESA mission Ariel

Stellar evolution along the HR diagram with Gaia

Sep 21, 2022

Stellar evolution along the HR diagram with Gaia The hybrid workshop started its activities in the INAF National Auditorium “Ernesto Capocci” of the Capodimonte Astronomical Observatory in Naples