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Antonio Rodotà

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Residence  Rome, Italy
Nationality  Italian
Name  Antonio Rodota

Antonio Rodota
Born  24 December 1935 Cosenza, Italy (1935-12-24)
Died  23 February 2006(2006-02-23) (aged 70) Rome, Italy
Fields  Electronics Engineering
Institutions  European Space Agency Alenia
Known for  Director General of European Space Agency

Antonio Rodotà (24 December 1935 – 23 February 2006) was the fifth Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA), serving from 1997 until 2003. He died in Rome on February 23, 2006, aged 70.


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He was the brother of Stefano Rodotà, a former Italian politician.

Early years

Mr Rodotà was born on 24 December 1935 in Cosenza, Italy. After graduating from University of Rome in 1959 as an electronics engineer, he began his career with ISPRE SpA, Italy.


In 1965 he served as Italian delegate to NATO in Paris, then joined Italian company Selenia from 1966 to 1980, followed by three years as head of the Compagnia Nazionale Satelliti. He then moved on to Alenia-Spazio in 1983 where he held a series of senior positions before becoming chief executive in 1995. Under his leadership, Alenia became a supplier of space hardware for the International Space Station.

European Space Agency

Before joining ESA, he was director of the Space Division of Finmeccanica (Italy) and a member of the boards of several international companies, as well as Arianespace.

During his term of office at ESA, Rodotà was an active advocate of international cooperation, a promoter of European space activities, and was one of the founders of the Galileo European satellite navigation system.


ESA’s next Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain paid tribute by saying,


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