Enrico Palermo

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Enrico Palermo

Enrico Palermo has led the Australian Space Agency since January 2021. Since his commencement, Enrico has proudly led a diverse team of space agents that have achieved a number of major milestones.

Under his leadership the Agency has reached an agreement with NASA for an Australian designed, built and operated rover to be included in a future mission to the Moon, issued the first launch permits and launch facility licenses under the Australian Space (Launches and Returns) Act, and seen the first commercial spaceflights from Australia.

Before joining the Agency, Enrico spent 14 years in various roles at Virgin Galactic, including establishing and leading a vertically integrated aerospace manufacturing and testing operation for Mach 3, crewed commercial spaceships. From there Enrico was part of the team that launched the New York Stock Exchange listed public company and was appointed Chief Operating Officer.

A Perth native, Enrico graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Physics and Applied Mathematics. He also studied at the International Space University in Strasbourg.

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NASA’s Artemis Program-Australia’s Role in the Moon to Mars Mission

THU, OCT 19, 11:00 AM
Half a century after first putting humans on the Moon, we’re going back. But this time, we’re planning to stay! Join Jim Free, the visionary of NASA’s Moon to Mars architecture and Australian Space Agency Head Enrico Palermo as they explore how and why we’re establishing a sustainable human presence on the lunar surface. Moderated by Science Vs podcast host Wendy Zukerman, prepare for an out of this world discussion as Jim and Enrico look at the important role Australia is playing in Artemis – and why this once-in-a-generation space program is also vital to our future here on Earth.
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