Flavia Tata Nardini’s space career has zoomed from micropropulsion systems, to nanosatellites, from the European Space Agency to primary school classes across Australia. Her next step is to encircle the globe with a ubiquitous, free global connectivity platform linking billions of connected devices and kickstarting a new industrial revolution.
She then designed and tested innovative propulsion systems, including micropropulsion systems for TNO, the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research, before moving to Adelaide in 2013, taking on a role with the University of Adelaide’s CubeSat project.
In 2014 she founded LaunchBox, an education company that lets school classes build small working satellites based on the CubeSat nanosatellite concept. Launchbox put the edge of space within the reach of primary school students with a customisable satellite kit that could be taken to the stratosphere by a balloon. This was followed by a competition to send a working experiment to the International Space Station.
The aim? No less than a new industrial revolution sparked by a ubiquitous, free platform connecting the Internet of Things.
Earlier this year, Flavia penned an open letter to the Australian Government calling for a national space agency to develop a coherent strategy for the industry’s future. In it, she describes a new space era defined by small, scalable tech, which can underpin our nation’s future prosperity if we grasp the opportunity.