Enrico Flamini


Born in Roma in 1951. Married, one daughter.

Main Awards:

  • Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite de France
  • Exceptional Public Service Gold Medal by NASA, 2008.
  • Laurel Award by Aviation Week & Space Technology, 1997
  • Laurel for Team achievement by IAA, 2006
  • IAU awarded him with an asteroid named 18099-Flamini

More than 100 papers published, Co-editor of Special issues of Planetary Space Science, 2 books in press.

2006 - Current

Professor of Solar System Exploration

at G. D'Annunzio University in Chieti, Italy

2010 - 2018

ASI Chief Scientist

Hemeritus Principal Investigator of the SIMBIO-SYS experiment on the BepiColombo;

Vice-Chair and Chair of the Science Programme Committee of ESA and Italian Delegate.

Coordinator of ASI Earth Observation programs

Delegate to the ESA Program Board_Earth Observation

ASI Director of the Observation of the Universe department


Mission Science Director for the Launch of LARES on VEGA maiden Flight 2012


Chairman of the Philae Comet Lander Steering Committee;
Member of the Action Team on Exploration and Innovation of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and Innovation;
Member of: International Mars Exploration Working Group, Mars Exploration Program Assessment Group (NASA), MPSET (NASA), JMART (NASA-ESA), International Mars Architecture for the Return of Samples iMARS1.


Agenzia Spaziale Italiana – ASI:

Product Assurance Manager for the missions : ITALSAT 1&2 , Tethered Satellite System 1 & 1R, Mini Pressurized Logistic Modules ( phase B), IRIS-LAGEOS II;

Program Manager of the Italian participation to the Cassini-Huygens Mission, Co-Investigator the Cassini Radar and on H-ASI on the Huygens probe; Program Manager of VIRTIS, and GIADA instruments on the Rosetta Mission, MARSIS and PFS on the ESA Mars Express Mission, Sharad on the NASA MRO Mission;


ESA Research Fellow at University of Sussex (UK)

Working mainly on hypervelocity impacts applied to planetary evolution processes and materials selection for space applications (Giotto HMC)


Researcher at the National Research Council

Main research: Thermo-dynamical evolution of Martian surface.


Graduated in Physics at Roma University “La Sapienza”

With a thesis on X-Ray spectroscopy applied to Lunar Apollo Samples.