What is the goal of the investment?

The objective of the investment is to develop satellite connections with a view towards the digital and green transition and contribute to the development of the space sector. The investment also has the objective of enabling services such as secure communications and monitoring infrastructures for different economic sectors and to this end, consists of upstream (launch services, production and management of satellites and infrastructures) as well as downstream (generation of products and services) activities.

For this investment, an additional € 800 million is expected to be financed by the Complementary Plan.

Total investment cost 1.49 bn
  • Reduce the gaps in standards of living
Additional details

The investment establishes the adjudication of the tenders and comprises of four projects:

  • Satcom, which consists of upstream activities such as the planning and development of three components, in particular the Internet of Things based on small satellites, a quantum communication mission based on current prototype developments which consent to the development of photon telecommunication technologies and the upgrading of existing infrastructures; downstream activities such as the planning, development and management of a hub and platforms for providing Satcom services. • Observation of Earth, that consists of upstream activities such as the planning and development of a remote sensing system (Synthetic Aperture Radar - SAR) and the provision of launches focused on monitoring of land, sea and sky; downstream activities such as the creation in the southern part of Italy of an incubator for applications and observation services and the creation of Project Cyber Italy that provides for the realisation of a digital replica of the Country.
  • Space Factory, made up of two sub-projects: Space Factory 4.0, that provides for the planning and construction of structures for digital manufacturing, assembly and testing of small satellites and the implementation of a cyber-physical production and twin digital satellite system; Access to space, that provides for research, development and prototypes for the creation of green technologies for future generations of propellers and launchers, including the demonstration of select technologies in flight.
  • In-Orbit Economy, that consists of the implementation of a demonstrator for technological services in orbit, for the interoperability in orbit, the increase in national surveillance capacity and space tracking including a network of sensors from earth for observation and tracking of space debris, the creation, development, asset commissioning for the purchase and the management and supply of data services and support of Space Traffic Management activities.

What are the benefits?

A National Plan that includes different plans of action, starting with:
  • Satcom satellite communication systems for the Observation of Earth
  • space ventures ("Space Factory’")
  • economic activities related to objects in orbit (‘In-Orbit Economy’)
  • improvement of a research and development system in the space and technological fields

Key steps and Expenses envisaged

Key Dates