Astronaut Paolo Nespoli

Join the Royal Aeronautical Society for a unique opportunity to hear about space flight directly from recently retired astronaut, Paolo Nespoli.
Astronaut Paolo Nespoli

With recent announcements about the Australian Space Agency being located in Adelaide, the Royal Aeronautical Society (Australian Division – a Technical Society of Engineers Australia) is pleased to be able to present an opportunity to hear firsthand from one of the foremost astronauts in the world.

Paolo Nespoli has undertaken three space missions covering hundreds of days in space (including 159 days on one mission). Join us at this presentation to hear why humanity ventures into space, how preparation is undertaken, and what anyone might expect as a typical day on the International Space Station.

Now retired from the European Space Agency program, there is no better time to hear directly from Paolo about aspects of his astronautical and engineering career. Paolo has also been generous in allowing considerable time for questions and answers relating to his career, and any of his space missions.

Register early, as numbers are limited for this event and we expect it to fill very quickly!

About the Speaker 

Paolo Nesbit

After leaving active duty from the Army in 1987 Paolo worked as a design engineer for Proel Tecnologie in Florence, where he conducted mechanical analysis and supported the qualification of the flight units of the Electron Gun Assembly, one of the main parts of the Italian space agency’s Tethered Satellite System.
Paolo received a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering in 1988 and a Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1989 from the Polytechnic University of New York.
In 1991 he worked for ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany. As an astronaut training engineer, he contributed to basic training for the European astronauts. Paolo was responsible for the preparation and management of astronaut proficiency maintenance, as well as, the Astronaut Training Database, a system used for astronaut training.
From 1995 to 2000 Paolo was involved in several projects and training that saw him going from the Netherlands, to Italy, to the USA to Russia.
In June 2006, Paolo was assigned to Space Shuttle mission STS-120 and in 2007 Paolo flew as a Mission Specialist on Space Shuttle Discovery for the STS-120 flight to the International Space Station. 
In November 2008, Paolo Nespoli was assigned to his second spaceflight, Expedition 26/27. The long-duration mission to the International Space Station was launched on 15 December 2010. Paolo’s duties as a flight engineer during his MagISStra mission included scientific experiments and technology demonstrations, as well as performing educational activities. After having spent 159 days in space, he returned to Earth on 24 May 2011.
Paolo’s third flight to the International Space Station was from July to December 2017. In 2018 he retired as an active European Space Agency astronaut.
Paolo Nespoli’s hometown is Verano Brianza, Milan, Italy. He enjoys scuba diving, piloting aircraft, assembling computer hardware, electronic equipment and computer software.


Paolo Nespoli has been brought to SA through the support and assistance of the International Space University, University of South Australia, the SA Italian Association and Com.IT.Es

22 / 01 / 2019 - 05:30 pm to 07:00 pm
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22 / 01 / 2019 05:00 pm
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