Gianfranco Visentin

Head, Automation and Robotics Section | European Space Agency | The Netherlands

Mr. Gianfranco Visentin has been with the European Space Agency (ESA) for the last 25 years. He had previously worked as control engineer on aircraft flight software and active car body attitude control. In supporting ESA projects he has participated to the development of the European Robot Arm (ERA), the Columbus Microgravity Facilities, the EUROBOT system (of which he was the initiator) and the ExoMars project. His R&D efforts have covered the whole spectrum of technologies needed for space. Gianfranco is the inventor of some original space concepts such as 3D digital camcorders (2 flown in the International Space Station), arm exoskeletons for space use, capture of space debris by means of throw nets. Since 2002 he leads the A&R group. In his current post Mr. Visentin is ESA’s responsible of the technology domain for Automation and Robotics, role that entails the preparation of ESA’s R&D strategy for the field and coordination with other European research organizations.

12 October