Antonio Del Mastro
Antonio Del Mastro, President Mars Planet: Project Coordinator

Antonio Del Mastro graduated in Electronic/Telecommunication Engineering with a specialization in SAR satellites data analysis. He has acquired a long experience in the risk analysis techniques of devices and systems in Space and not-Space industry. Currently his main area of research are virtual reality, robotics, AI. Antonio is the president of the Italian Mars Society which he founded in 2004, as Italian branch of the International Mars Society. Antonio is technical director of Mars Planet Technologies Srl,  a spin-off company  whose scope is to put in the market the results of the research in Space.

Eugenio Sorrentino, Deputy-President: Dissemination and Exploitation Coordinator

Eugenio Sorrentino is a scientific and aerospace journalist, vice president of UGAI (Italian Aerospace Journalists Association) and secretary of UGIS (Italian Scientific Journalists Association). After studies on aerospace engineering, he’s worked in the communication areas and specifically science and aerospace journalism. In the past he was press manager and mission manager of MegSat Space Division and chairman of Italian Aerospace Forum.

Giovanni Bruno: Mars Physics Studies Coordinator

Giovanni graduated in Astrophysics and Space Physics at the University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy, and obtained his PhD at the Laboratory of Astrophysics of Marseille, France, in the field of exoplanets. He is now a postdoc at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, USA, where he studies the atmospheres of exoplanets. He is particularly interested in the impact of stellar magnetic activity on exoplanet observations.

Ilaria Cinelli: Bio-Engineering Studies Coordinator

Ilaria is a bio-engineer and pubblic speaker.  She has 1-year training in ionizing radiations on paediatric computed axial tomography protocols and 2-year experience as research assistant at Centre of Human and Aerospace Physiological (King’s College London).Since 2012, she worked on the Gravity Loading Countermeasure Skinsuit, finite element analysis in short bed-rest studies.She has been crew commander at MDRS station.

Federico Monaco: Social Studies Coordinator

Federico Monaco is a e-Learning designer and digital community manager at the Department of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Parma. As STS researcher is interested in studying communities, knowledge and technologies. He conducts ethnographic research about disrupting communities and social studies about platforms and infrastructures of scientific knowledge. Personal website

Hitesh Paul: Robotics Studies Coordinator

Hitesh is an electronic engineering with interest in robotics, computer, vision, software programming, machine learning.  Currentely he develops software and solutions for  design and control of robotics project of Mars Planet.

Mario Tambos
Mario Tambos: Mission Operation & Control Center Coordinator

Mario is a software developer and Machine learning Engineer and consultant. He is currently consultant at Technische Universität Berlin and responsible for development of machine learning piplines in different private industries.

Francesca Parotti
Francesca Parotti: Materials and Design Coordinator

Francesca is a Civil Enegineer and Structures Designer with a Science and Materials Technology PhD.  She speaks 5 languages and has took part to several international projects. She  currently teachs “Innovation in Technologies” and “Materials Technology” at Industrial Design and works to design of future Mars outposts. Her materials studies are addressed to the use Smart Materials and Innovative Processes in the future manned missions in Space.


Steering Committee

Marcello Coradini
Marcello Coradini (President, CES31 at ANR: Agence Nationale de la Recherche)

Marcello Coradini is a space consultant and a university visiting professor. He is an ASI Associate and JPL affiliate; he represents the interests of the Italian Space Agency at JPL since September 2, 2015. Chairman of the Committee CES31 (Physical, Astrophysical, Planetary and Terrestrial Sciences) of the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (France). He was ESA Programs Coordinator at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California until end of August 2015.

Enrico Flamini
Enrico Flamini (Italian Space Agency, Scientific Director)

Enrico is Scientific coordinator of italian Space Agency, for which he has been responsible for some of the projects and programs such as CRAF/CASSINI, HUYEGENS, ROSETTA (Virtis, Giada), Mars Express (Marsis). Enrico has also a long experience in quality assurance and materials reliability in different Space laboratories and universities, as NASA-JSC, NASA-KSC, University of Sussex (Space Group)

Gernot Groemer
Gernot Groemer (Austrian Space Forum, President)

President of the Austrian Space Forum. PhD in the field of Exploration Astrobiology, 2012, University of Innsbruck, Austria. MSc in Astronomy, 2004, University of Innsbruck Internat. Space University 1996-1998 (Space Studies Program (SSP)’96 TU Vienna, SSP’97 NASA/JSC, Texas; SSP’99 NASA/LRC, Ohio, SSP‘11 TU Graz)

Umberto Guidoni
Umberto Guidoni (Astronaut, Space writer)

Umberto is an astronaut, astrophysicist and Italian Writer. He has participated to two NASA missions on Space Shuttle. In 2001 he has been the first European astronaut to visit International Space Station. Umberto has been member of the European Parliament from 2004 till 2009.

Tilman Spohn
Tilman Spohn (Institute of Planetary Research, Director, Berlin)

As Director of Institutut of planetology in Berlin, Prof. Tilman Spohn is member of American Geophisical Union, Esa Advisory Committee Human Spaceflight, Microgravity and Exploration. He is editor of different scientifc reviews and publication, such as Geophisics, Planets and Satellites. His scientific studies are focusend on the research related to the thermodynamics of the planets inside structure.

Marco Tantardini (Italian Space Agency associate)

Marco Tantardini is an Associate at the Italian Space Agency (ASI). He holds a BSc in Aerospace Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, and received a MSc in Space Engineering from the Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands. He has worked as assistant to the Executive Director at The Planetary Society in Pasadena and has been visiting scientist at the Mission Design Center of the NASA Ames Research Center.

Thais Russomano
Thais Russomano (Head, MicroG Centre, PUCRS, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil)

Thais Russomano, MD, MSc (Aerospace Medicine, Wright State University, USA), PhD (Space Physiology, King’s College London, UK). Thais founded and co-ordinates the Microgravity Centre-PUCRS, Brazil, internationally recognized for its space life sciences and eHealth research. She is a Full Professor at PUCRS and Visiting Senior Lecturer at King’s College London.