Italy’s First Spaceport

๐—œ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐˜€๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜‚๐—ฝ ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ! To respond to the ever-increasing demand for space launch capabilities, Italy started building its ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ฃ spaceport in 2018 located in the Apulia Region (Grottaglie) on the heel ๐Ÿ‘ขof Italyโ€™s famous boot.

The spaceport will become a center of excellence for research ๐Ÿ”ฌand carry out suborbital flight experiments and training of astronauts and pilots (for didactic and space tourism purposes) using Virgin Galactic aircrafts.

Virgin Galacticโ€™s Italian partners include Altec SPA, a company owned by the Agenzia Spaziale Italiana, and SITAEL, Italyโ€™s largest private space company. The three actors are now actively working to build an entirely new spacecraft that will remain at the #Grottaglie Spaceport indefinitely ๐Ÿš€.

The airport, designated by the Ministero delle Infrastrutture e della Mobilitร  Sostenibili as Italyโ€™s first spaceport, boasts one of the longest runways in #Europe (3.6km). It will be one of only a few ports capable of handling the taking off and landing of space vehicles.

The aerospace sector in #Apulia made great progress in a relatively short period of time. In 2009, the value of regional sector exports accounted for less than 5% of Italian sector exports; in 2017 the regional share increased to 11.5%. Looking at the latest figures available for the first nine months of 2018, ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜‚๐—ฝ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฒ% ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿณ ๐Ÿ“ˆ.

The growing importance of the Grottaglie airport for the aerospace industry in Italy is not only due to favorable general conditions (location, climateโ˜€, infrastructure) but above all, to the joint efforts of various stakeholders: public institutions at the national and regional level; #ASI (Italian Space Agency); the regional research network represented by local universities and research centers and the Apulian Aerospace Technological Cluster (DTA). The DTA Distretto Tecnologico Aerospaziale scarl is a partner to a framework cooperation agreement with #AdP (AEROPORTI DI PUGLIA SPA) for the development of the โ€œGrottaglie Test Bedโ€ initiative.

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Published On: August 26, 2022|Categories: There is a lot of Space in Italy|
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