Microgravity Advanced Research and Support Centre (MARS)
Facility Responsible Centre for the Fluid Science Laboratory and EXPORT
|USOC name||MARS s.rl - Soc. a Responsabilità Limitata|
|Address||via Emanuele Gianturco 31, I-80146, Naples, Italy|
+39 81 6042 580
+39 81 6042 100
|President||Prof. Claudio Rovai|
Dr Carlo Albanese
|Head of Operations||
Dr Carlo Albanese
|Head of Laboratory||
Dr Luigi Carotenuto
|Head of IT||
Dr Giovanni Minei
Dr Fabio Strazzullo
Mrs Maria P. Romano
- Area - approximately 1100 sq.m;
- Personnel - 35
Tasks and experience
The Microgravity Advanced Research and Support Centre (MARS) is a company of Telespazio. MARS was established in 1988 to create a research centre active in microgravity Fluid Science research and a support institution to offer the necessary assistance for the preparation, execution and post-flight analysis of space experiments.
The centre is equipped with a Fluid Science Laboratory, a computational centre and a Class 10000 cleanroom and a control room for space mission monitoring and control. MARS has been involved in space missions since it was established.
MARS is also the Italian USOC on behalf of the Italian Space Agency (ASI), for all of the Italian facilities on the ISS. Relevant past experience includes the participation in several microgravity missions gaining experience with most of the available space platforms, ranging from Spacelab, to Sounding Rockets, to Russian Mir capsules and parabolic flights.
User support has been provided both to Italian and foreign researchers: French team on Texus 28, D2-AFPM PIs, IML-2/LMS BDPU PIs, and Foton 12.
MARS is assigned as a Facility Responsible Centre for the Fluid Science Laboratory, and Facility/Experiment Support Centre for ALTCRISS, SODI, ALTEA Shield, FASTER, Miller-Urey
Last update: 22 October 2009