Space, Minister Urso to ESA for the Iride project with businesses

Iride is the name of the new project for the Italian satellite constellation which will be built by 2026 with the support of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and thanks to the resources of the Pnrr. Today the presentation at the European Center for Earth Observation (Esrin) in Frascati, near Rome. Also present was the Minister of Enterprise and Made in Italy, with responsibility for space and aerospace policies, Adolfo Urso who declared: “Italy will know how to live up to expectations even in this juncture”. During the ceremony, the Italian ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano unveiled the winning logo of Iride, a competition voted for by citizens and launched online with the aim of finding the symbol that will represent the next satellite constellation.

The project

Iride will become the premier low-orbit Earth observation satellite program. It will offer 8 macro services related to marine and coastal monitoring, air quality, land movement monitoring, land cover, hydro-meteor-climate. From monitoring water resources, to emergency management and safety. Providing analytical data for the development of commercial applications by startups, small and medium enterprises and sector industries.

Urso: “Our country and Europe are watching us”

“Today we are making the Iride project a reality, a result which is the first of the goals established by the Pnrr: the invitation now is to work consistently and with the utmost commitment so that Italy can take advantage of the Iride constellation from 2026”. Minister Adolfo Urso said so. “The presence at this event of the entire supply chain that will participate in the creation of the satellite constellation confirms the broad collaboration in this project which will have important repercussions on the entire Italian territory”, underlined Urso. “Our country and Europe are watching us and I am sure that thanks to our scientific, technological and industrial experience, Italy will know how to live up to expectations even in this juncture”, concluded the Minister of Made in Italy .