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Laurea in Aeronautical Engineering, University of Neaples, 1981


Dottorato di Ricerca (the Italian Philosophy Doctorate), School of Aerospace Engineering, University of Rome, 1987


From 1981 to 1987, fellow of the Institute of Aerodynamics "U. Nobile" (IAUN), University of Naples. In this frame, he has been:

Member of the team that proposed, designed, tested, controlled and analysed two Microgravitational Fluidynamics experiments performed on board the missions FSLP (1983) and D1 (1985) of the SHUTTLE/SPACELAB programme.


From 1987 to 2002 employee of CIRA (Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali). In particular:


Program Manager of the Hypersonics/Hermes related activities. He was in charge of:

  1. Coordination and scientific responsibility of Italian Fluidynamic Studies within the ESA Hermes R&D Preparatory Program

  2. Phases A and B design activities of the SCIROCCO project, related to the design of the 70 MW arc-heated Plasma Wind Tunnel

  3. Coordination of several theoretical and numerical activities in super/hypersonics.


Head, Aerothermodynamics Dept.


Project Manager of the program CRYO, concerning the realizzation of a facility able to test and qualify the liquid oxigen turbo-pumps (LOx-TP) of the space launchers' engines 


From 2002 to date Space Programs Director at CIRA (Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali). In particular, Program Manager of the PRORA-USV (Unmanned Space Vehicles) program


Author of more than 70 papers in the fields of Microgravity, Microgravitational Fluidynamics, Hypersonics, Space Related Testing Facilities, Reusable Launch Vehicles, Reentry Technologies