Internship Program

Papers have been developed by students from the Bocconi University, working under the aegis of  Mr Nicola Sasanelli, Director of Space, whilst participating in the joint South Australian Government/Bocconi University Internship Program.

The research contained in these papers will inform the strategies and actions planned for the enrichment of the space ecosystem in our state.

December 2016

Small Satellites Economic Trends

Prepared by: Giovanni Facchinetti, Universita’ Commerciale Luigi Bocconi

This paper discusses the economic trends in the small satellite industry, featuring a detailed list of 33 different companies that are directly involved in the small satellite frame, sorted into five different groups according to their business focus: Earth observation, communication, multi-purpose, launch and deployment.

Technological achievements have led to miniaturisation resulting in lower costs and reduced time for development and launch of satellites. Small satellites are now expected to take a significant portion of the projected space industry growth: in 2014, 141 nano/micro satellite were launched into orbit whereas more than 3,000 satellites are expected to be launched between 2016 and 2022. Of particular interest is the rapid adoption of the CubeSat standard of small satellite which is the first globally and academically recognised standard for small satellites with specific weight and volume requirements.


September 2016

Aerospace Clusters - World's Best Practices and Future Perspectives

Prepared by: Matteo Paone, Universita’ Commerciale Luigi Bocconi

Provides an in-depth analysis of industrial clusters in the aerospace sector, with a particular emphasis on those that exhibit a stronger focus on the space segment. Grounded on a solid theoretical framework constituted by a vast academic literature and the Porter’s Diamond model for the competitiveness analysis, this work examines the world’s leading examples of aerospace clusters with the purpose of identifying common best practice and the key success factors.


June 2016 

 An International Comparison of Space History, Policy and Industrial Capability

Prepared by: Gabriele Lania, Universita’ Commerciale Luigi Bocconi

Considers space and space-related activities, and is linked with a wider plan for the development of a Space Strategy in South Australia. Focusing on the South Australian space economy, the study uses internationally recognised categories and applies them against the Australian sector. It includes an overview of the world’s space industry, including structure, history, trends, opportunities and the key players and provides an insight into the world’s main space participants. 

The ultimate purpose of this work is to highlight the successful space policies implemented by leading countries and which are now considered to be world’s best practice.