Up in the sky, low in the price: Additive manufacturing will win the low-cost space propulsion challenge? Follow the Additive Talks with MIPRONS’ CEO Angelo Minotti this Thursday


Over the last few years, the distance separating the Earth from space seems to have shortened. The number of commercial spaceflights has steadily increased, along with objects in orbit, and many countries are entering the space race. But it is not as simple as it may seem. Sending any object toward the outer atmosphere continues to be a very important technological commitment, but even more complex is the management of a satellite’s orbit for its positioning, the period of operation and finally for deorbiting. All this requires huge investments, both from an engineering and economic point of view. This is what MIPRONS, with its CEO Angelo Minotti, will talk about in the new appointment with Additive Talks Entitled “How to navigate the challenges of low-cost propulsion systems enabled by AM?”. Additive Talks is a format planned by 3D Adept Media, a trade press that tracks and analyses the latest trends in the additive manufacturing industry.

The session will be held on Thursday 20th April, from 03.30 pm to 04.30 pm CET and will gather a line-up of forward-thinking experts on the topic:

Jamila Mansouri, Head of Propulsion, Aerothermodynamics and Flight Vehicles Engineering Division at European Space Agency (ESA)

Jamila Mansouri, Head of Propulsion, Aerothermodynamics and Flight Vehicles Engineering Division at European Space Agency (ESA). After 10 years in industry, contributing to the Ariane5 development and exploitation in ArianeGroup (formerly Snecma) and Arianespace, Jamila Mansouri joined ESA STS Directorate in 2009, evolving from Propulsion System Manager to Launch System Lead Engineer.  In 2017, Jamila joined the ESA Future Launch Preparation Programme as Space Transportation System Manager, being in charge of heavy and micro-Launchers concept studies and exploring Space Logistics approach for end to end space transportation services.

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. The agency has been using advanced manufacturing technologies including AM for a few years now. Through the Propulsion, Aerothermodynamics and Flight Vehicles Engineering division, Mansouri’s team supports projects and definition/execution of technology programmes in the areas of chemical propulsion, electric propulsion, advanced new propulsion systems, external and internal aerothermodynamics of relevance to propulsion systems, ascent, cruise and re-entry of space vehicles through the Earth’s or planetary atmospheres. They also manage the Architecture and technology assessment of new space transportation vehicles for Earth orbit, the development of components for propulsion systems (valves, regulators, tanks, GSE, etc.) as well as the Development of propulsion and aerothermodynamics simulation tools.

Angelo Minotti – Founder and CEO of two innovative companies, MIPRONS and MIEEG

Angelo Minotti, founder and CEO of two innovative companies, MIPRONS and MIEEG, respectively related to Space Propulsion and Energy Generation, set-up in 2019.

After two Master’s Degrees (Mechanical Engineering and Astronautics Engineering), a Master of Science (Space Transportation Systems) a PhD (Theoretical and Applied Mechanics) and a Postdoc (Aerospace Propulsion), Minotti was appointed as Assistant Professor in Space Propulsion, earlier, and Space Systems, later, at the Sapienza University of Rome. During his academic career, he has managed, national and international scientific research projects (NATO, ESA, EU, etc.) and has authored or co-authored many manuscripts and patents. His two start-ups now count on a team of 20 people and have received expressions of interest in Italy and abroad. MIPRONS is currently working with Thales Alenia Space to develop a propulsion system for satellites, using water as a fuel, and 3D printing for some parts.

Giulio Feliziani – AM Business Development Manager at Oerlikon

Giulio Feliziani, AM Business Development Manager at Oerlikon. Giulio is a space and aerospace subject matter expert with extensive experience in the industry. Prior to joining Oerlikon, he worked as an International Sales Manager at Leonardo and as a Design Engineer at Thales Alenia Space and holds a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering.

Oerlikon is on a mission to help companies integrate and scale the entire Additive Manufacturing value chain. By offering materials and surface technologies, design, production and testing of industrial metal-based components, Oerlikon AM and its global service network across the entire Oerlikon group is uniquely positioned to advance the industrialization of Additive Manufacturing.

Oerlikon is a global innovation powerhouse for surface engineering, polymer processing and additive manufacturing. The Group’s solutions and comprehensive services, together with its advanced materials, improve and maximize the performance, function, design and sustainability of its customers’ products and manufacturing processes in key industries. Pioneering technology for decades, everything Oerlikon invents and does is guided by its passion to support customers’ goals and foster a sustainable world. Headquartered in Pfäffikon, Switzerland, the Group operates its business in two Divisions – Surface Solutions and Polymer Processing Solutions. It has a global footprint of more than 12 000 employees at 202 locations in 37 countries and generated sales of CHF 2.65 billion in 2021.