Military and Strategic Journal
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New Milestone for Italian Space Industry

The commercial agreement that regulates the PLATiNO Programme was recently signed by Sitael (leading the temporary consortium between Leonardo, Thales Alenia Space Italia and Airbus), in the presence of the Undersecretary to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Riccardo Fraccaro, and the President of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) Giorgio Saccoccia. 
With over €100 million investment from ASI and the Italian government, the programme will see the development of two missions for the launch of the PLATiNO satellites, planned in 2022 and 2023. PLATiNO 1 will include the use of a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) operating in the X band, while PLATiNO 2 will use an observation infrared instrument. The platform is compatible to be launched with the Italian Vega rocket. 
Not only does PLATiNO represent a new opportunity to demonstrate the advanced skills of the Italian space industry, but it also allows industries to operate in synergy, encouraging greater collaboration with and between small and medium-sized companies in the sector. Furthermore, this programme strengthens Italy’s international leadership in a strategic area such as that of the Space Economy.
Leonardo and Thales Alenia Space play a key role with responsibility for the satellite and core elements of PLATiNO 1, using state-of-the-art technologies which fully meet the significant challenge that PLATiNO represents for the Italian space system.

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