Redefining Space Research: Where Holistic Vision Meets Disruptive Innovation

Research is the driving force of the S.P.A.C.E ecosystem. It feeds on our insatiable curiosity and desire to discover, supporting an unending exploration of the universe around us. Our approach to research goes beyond the conventional, breaking the boundaries of fields traditionally associated with space to embrace a broader and more holistic vision.

We believe that the concept of research in the space sector is often limited to scientific and technological scopes. This limitation is largely due to prevailing mindsets and current challenges. However, we firmly believe that an extra effort is needed to build a future that does not inherit the problems caused by a narrow vision. Drawing from our experience on Earth—a planet that has suffered due to poor choices, misconceptions, and injustices—we know we must learn from our history to write a better one.

In the space age, we have the unique fortune of starting a new story, and with it comes great responsibility. We are convinced that our vision of research must be holistic, including not only scientific aspects but also humanistic ones. Moreover, we recognize the importance of considering not just the short, medium, and long term, but also the very long term.

We pay attention to disruptive players—those who can trigger significant change in how we see and interact with space. Our goal is to collaborate with these entities, forming fruitful partnerships to create new opportunities and push the boundaries of our understanding of space.

We publish research articles, detailed analyses, insights, interviews, courses, and documentaries, all designed to spread knowledge and stimulate discussion on a wide range of space topics.

Our commitment to research is not limited to the present but is strongly oriented towards the future. We are constantly striving to discover new ways to expand the boundaries of knowledge, ensuring that S.P.A.C.E remains at the forefront. Through research, S.P.A.C.E aims to illuminate the mysteries of space, sharing these discoveries with the world.

Specifically, our research activities relate to:


Some of our scientific publications:

[20] Martian Mission Control:  A Novel Concept for Manned Interplanetary Mission. P.Mangili,  A. Del Mastro, IAC2023 Congress Proceedings,74rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Baku, Azerbaijan.

[19] “Space 2030” Agenda: Space Economy ’s challenges and SDGs’ opportunities to tackle present and future global efforts, A. Del Mastro, F. Monaco, G. Bordacchini, V.Tewari, IAC2022 Congress Proceedings,73rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Paris, France.

[18] Digital Health Earth for Covid 19: simulating pandemic emergency plan by open data from space applications. F. Monaco, A. Del Mastro, E.Eremchenko, A.Binti Nelson IAC2022 Congress Proceedings,73rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Paris, France.

[17] Managing an intuitive risk assessment tool for future space missions: the risk cube concept. A. Del Mastro, G. Garofalo, IAC2022 Congress Proceedings,73rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Paris, France

[16] A method for analog space missions risk analysis. A. Del Mastro, Jean Marc Salotti, Giovanni Garofalo, Journal of Space Safety Engineering, Feb. 2022,

[15] Simulating Gagarin’s gaze: the charm of a digital Earth for a sustainable planet. Federico Monaco, Eugene Eremchenko, Antonio Del Mastro, Josef Strobl, Antonio Del Mastro, Anna Nelson. International Astronautical Congress IAC-21,B1,1,5,x66398

[14] Sustainable development: understanding the least resource base, Eugene Eremchenko, Vladimir Tikunov, Josef Strobl, Antonio Del Mastro, Monaco Federico, Geography Environment Sustainability 14(1): 25-32, DOI:10.24057/2071-9388-2020-119

[13] Space Readiness Levels: A parameter to help to introduce traditional companies in the Space economy. Antonio Del Mastro, Federico Monaco, GLEX-2021,7,5,1,X63146.

[12] Digital Health Earth: towards global healthcare management geolocating human health condition by means of space technology, Antonio Del Mastro, Federico Monaco, Eugene Nikolaevich Eremchenko, Anna Nelson, Geocontext, Vol. 8 N°1 (2020).

[11] A multi-user virtual reality experience for space missions. Journal of Space Safety Engineering, JSSE_2019_4R1.

[10] Virtual Reality to Simulate an Inflatable Modular Hydroponics Greenhouse on Mars, Francesca Bruno, Alessandro Ceriani, Zhang Zhan, Giandomenico Caruso, Antonio Del Mastro, ASME 2020 International Design Engineering Technical Conference and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, August 17-19, 2020.

[9] Deep Space Learning-Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN) for Interplanetary communities of practices, Monaco, Del Mastro, 70th International Astronautical Congress (IAC-19, D5,2,5,x52937).

[8] Stress and Human Factors from Antarctica to Mars.Alcibiade, Del  Mastro, Schlacht, Monaco, Finazzi, Notea, Mukadam, Masali, Musso,  AHFE 2018 (International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2018).

[7] Virtual Reality for Multi-User Experience in Space Missions.Del Mastro, Schlacht, Alcibiade, Monaco, Benyoucef, Notea, Masali, Foing,  69Th  International Astronautical Congress (IAC-18, A3).

[6] Moon Gait:  INVESTIGATING   WALK PATTERNS IN REDUCED  GRAVITY, Schlacht, Rittweger,Mukadam,Feuillard,Daumer,    Masali, Kuehnegger, Foing, Del Mastro,  68Th  International Astronautical Congress (IAC-17, A2,IP, 1, x38877).

[5] Moon-Mars habitability and safety requirements and virtual reality as a test system Ninth IAASS Conference 2017: Antonio Del Mastro,  Irene Lia Schlacht

[4] The Kupol mine: a possible analogue of a Mars or Moon outpost on Earth, 68 International Astronautical Congress 2017: Antonio Del Mastro, Irene Lia Schlacht, Federico Monaco, Melchiorre Masali, Amir Notea, 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC)

[3] Motigravity: a new VR system to increase performance and safety in space operations simulation and rehabilitation medicine, Antonio Del Mastro, Irene Lia Schlacht2, Yacine Benyouce3, Gernot Groemer4 and Salman Nazir

[2] I.L.Schlacht,  A.Del Mastro “Human Factors for Mars‟, International   Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics”, Have 2016.

[1] I.L.Schlacht, S.Nazir, A.Del Mastro “Virtual reality for safety, entertainment or education: the Mars mission test‟, International Conference on Applied Human Factros and Ergonomics” Have 2016


Contributions to Conferences and Scientific Workshops 

[11]  A. Del Mastro, F. Servalli; “Wearable prototype for space and industrial applications. Sintec summer school: Smart Biolectronic and Wearable Systems2.June, 2022.

[10] Organization and Direction of the GLOBAL NETWORKING FORUM on Martiam and Lunar Analogues (GNF) November, International Astronautical Congress, Washington, 2019.

[9] “Use of Virtual Reality for testing and simulation of Instrumentation for Space application‟, 2018 IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for Aerospace  ROME, June 2018.

[8] “Challenges and opportunities in the creation of a Space Economy in Lombardia Region”,  2018 Mars To Earth Conference, Milan, May 2018

[7] Organization of the “Mars to Earth Conference”  Palazzo Regione Lombardia, May 2018.

[6] “Results of V(R)ITAGO Experiment”  Amadee-18 Scientific Workshop, May 2018.

[5] N.Narayanan, A. Del Mastro, G. Bruno “ Space weather monitoring for Virtual Reality Simulation of a Martian Settlement “ 2017 European Mars Society Conference, Innsbruck, Austria.

[4] Irene Lia Schlacht, A. Del Mastro “Habitability and Human Performance in Space”, 5TH Human Dependability Workshop, HUDEP  ESA/ESTEC.

[3] “Human mission to Mars? Which types of missions have been proposed so far?”  Italian Space Agency Workshop on ISS for Mars, May 2017.

[2] Organization of the European Mars Society Conference  2016,  September 2016 Bergamo.

[1] Organization of the European Mars Society Conference  2009,  September 2009 Bergamo



[1] Main Publisher of “Mars Transactions” : 2010-2011



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