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Italy is among the leading international players in the space sector. In Washington, Giorgio Saccoccia, the Italian Space Agency’s (ASI) President underlines the Italian excellence in the sector and the strategic collaboration with the USA.

As part of Italy’s participation in the 2019 Satellite Exposition in Washington, the President of the Italian Space Agency, Giorgio Saccoccia, spoke during a conference organized at the Embassy of Italy to present the governance framework for the space sector in Italy . The conference was opened by the Italian Ambassador to the United States, Armando Varricchio, and allowed to highlight the prospects for further consolidation of the Italian presence in the sector, also thanks to an increasingly effective international collaboration with NASA and, in the European framework, with the European Space Agency. During the conference, President Saccoccia emphasized the increasingly important role of the private sector and the need for an ever greater collaboration with the public sector for exploration and research activities, but above all, to increase the positive effects on the real economy, security and technological developments.
“This is an area – recalled Ambassador Varricchio – in which the USA, our first and main ally, and Italy have a solid tradition of strategic collaboration between public administrations that in recent years has been enriched with projects of absolute excellence brought forward by private companies. A successful collaboration also emphasized at the joint press conference of Prime Minister Conte and President Trump last July. “

Yesterday evening, the Italian Ambassador organized a dinner in honor of President Saccoccia, attended by top ranking officials in the US administration, including Scott Pace, Executive Secretary of the National Space Council, General John F. Raymond, Commander of the Air Force Space Command, Jonathan Margolis, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science, Space and Health, Fred Kennedy, Director of the Space Development Agency, representatives of NASA and of different US Departments and Agencies, as well as companies active in the sector on both sides of the Atlantic. Dr. Simonetta Di Pippo, Italian astrophysicist current Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) was also in attendance.