Walter CUGNO
Vice-President, Exploration & Science at Thales Alenia Space
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After finishing his graduate studies in the field of aerospace engineering and technology, Walter Cugno joined the company in 1975 as a member of the Spacelab programme, the first European manned space system. He then held positions as Assembly, Test and Integration manager of the Hipparcos satellite, and in project management roles on BeppoSax and on the International Space Station (ISS) programme, developing, amongst other things, the Node2 Harmony, Node 3 Tranquility and Cupola elements, as well as the PMM (Permanent Multipurpose Module) Programme and the Cygnus Pressurized Cargo Module.


After time spent as the Director of the ExoMars Programme, he was then appointed  as VP, Exploration and Science and head of Thales Alenia Space’s activities in Turin. Walter Cugno is a world-renowned expert in the field of human and robotic space exploration, as well as in the prospective studies of the exploitation of space resources in the “new space” economy.

Speaker Topics

  • Human and Robotic Exploration
  • Space Economy
  • Orbital and surface infrastructure
  • Orbital and Re-entry Vehicles
  • Moon and Mars Landers
  • Crew and Cargo Transportation
  • Space Logistic
  • Vehicles and infrastructure for Low Earth Orbit manned
    and unmanned operations
  • Space Systems for Moon and Mars exploration and exploitation
  • In Orbit Service

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