Luca Rossettini

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Luca is a serial entrepreneur, seeking a profitable and sustainable expansion of the human kind in space. In 1998 Luca quits his Airborne Officer career and got a master in Aerospace Engineering in Italy (2003). After a year working in a US research lab on nanotechnologies applied to space propellant, he came back to Europe, where, in 2005, he successfully concluded a master in Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability. During his Ph.D. studies in Advanced Space Propulsion – concluded in 2008 with honors – Luca founded IRTA (startup providing advanced vision and slow-motion tracking techniques through proprietary drone technology) and later OLA Film (company providing special effects for the movie industry). In 2006 he cofounded The Natural Step Italia (The Natural Step is an international NGO that helps corporations and communities to pursue their objectives within a strategic sustainability framework), where the idea of applying strategic sustainability concepts to the space sector originated. In 2008 he applied for the European Astronauts Corp among 10,000 candidates. He went through the whole selection and positioned among the first two hundred. Nevertheless, his motivation pushed Luca to find another access to space. In 2009 Luca won a Fulbright scholarship and in 2010 obtained a Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley, California. After an internship position at NASA Ames Research Center, Luca Rossettini went back to Europe and founded D-Orbit, developing solutions for space logistics, interplanetary transportation and Space Debris. Luca loves parachute jumping, scuba diving and eats science fiction books.


11:45 / 12:35
Grand Ballroom

Space Enablers

Enabling Markets of Tomorrow

The space sector is undergoing a unique period of innovation, opening up new markets and new use cases. From space logistics to commercial space stations, the panel will discuss the opportunities and challenges for these new markets, and the requirements to support their expansion.