The Platino program is taking its first steps, the high-tech space mini-platform designed to also allow Italy to launch into a segment that is growing rapidly worldwide: the minisatellites. Yesterday an agreement was signed regulating the relations, in the industrialization and marketing phase of the Platino program, between Sitael (prime contractor) Leonardo, Airbus Italia and Thales Alenia Space Italia. To underline the importance for the government, which launched it through the ASI, the Space Agency with competitive procedure, the signature in the presence of the Undersecretary for the Prime Minister, Riccardo Fraccaro, with delegation to aerospace, and the president of the Asi, Giorgio Saccoccia.
The agreement also prepares the temporary grouping of companies to seize further commercial opportunities. The program, funded by ASI and the government with an investment of over 100 million, foresees, to crown the qualification in flight, the realization of two missions planned in 2021 and 2022. The government promotes a new technological leap, allowing industry to hire highly qualified staff and start producing, said Fraccaro, stressing that when Italy is a team, industry talks and politics supports the best ideas, nobody beats us. This agreement for me is a personal as well as an institutional satisfaction: I have followed this project since its conception, added Saccoccia. While the founder of the Angel group (to which Sitael belongs), Vito Pertosa, spoke of an important step, which demonstrates how a new government attention to the Italian-owned industry can guarantee high technology and a growing occupation and is preserved over time. Italy, concluded Pertosa, has companies that have the pride of being able to excel worldwide in many sectors, having first of all their people at heart.
Platino could be launched with the light carrier Vega, created by Avio, or integrate with the Italian dual Earth observation system, Cosmo-SkyMed, or with European systems (Galileo, Copernicus and GovSatCom).