[FPSPACE] Italy wants SS-25s from Moscow

Paolo Ulivi paolo.ulivi@tiscali.it
Wed, 21 Jan 2004 10:11:25 +0100


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Hi all
this is the translation of an article which appeared three months ago in =
the Italian newspaper "la Repubblica"

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ITALY WANTS SS-25s FROM MOSCOW
La Repubblica 16 October 2003 page 22

Is Italy going to break with Euopean space? This is what seems to be=20
prefigured by some recent activities by the Italian Space Agency=20
(Agenzia Spaziale Italiana, ASI) which, according to a parliamentary=20
interrogation presented by Walter Tocci and other house members from=20
the DS party [the largest center-left opposition party - Paolo], are=20
the expression of a "clear anti-European" position. The subject of the=20
opposition's interrogation is a negotiation with Moscow on some Russian=20
missiles, which ASI would like to launch from its base near Malindi,=20
Kenya. The launchers are former single warhead SS-25s nuclear missiles=20
which, after having been decommissioned and renamed Start, are=20
converted to small satellite launchers. Moreover, the base would be a=20
rejouvenated (i.e. rebuilt on land) San Marco, a sea based platform=20
unused since 1988. According to the opposition, both the=20
Italian-Russian agreement and the hypothesis of a resuscitation of the=20
Malindi base are not consistent to the European space policy and could=20
turn into a second Airbus case damaging the Italian aerospace industry=20
[Italy has chosen to stay out of the Airbus consortium in the 1970s and=20
out of the military A400 project early in the 2000s - Paolo] Italy is=20
in fact working on the Vega small European satellite launcher, an=20
Italian project accepted by its ESA partners despite doubts and=20
discussions, of which the main contractor is FiatAvio [now called Avio=20
- Paolo] Moreover, at the recent Edimburgh meeting Italian minister=20
Letizia Moratti has approved the european plan calling for support to=20
the Ariane launcher and for more development of the European Kourou=20
launch base in Guyana.
Some days ago, astrophysicist Margherita Hack had stigmatized the stop=20
of scientific activities at ASI, but it was possibly just an apparent=20
stop. In fact ASI, to which the government has recently transferred the=20
management of the San Marco platform from the Rome University, has just=20
approved a feasibility study for the relaunch of the Malindi base. This=20
relaunch was discussed in Rome late last July by undersecretary=20
Saporito with the foreign minister of Kenia (and the opposition asks=20
prime minister Berlusconi whether Saporito has acted "beyond his own=20
institutional tasks"). Last friday, a delegation of ASI led by ASI's=20
president Sergio Vetrella has retuned from Moscow and will go to Kenia=20
next week.
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The article then goes on detailing the biography of Vetrella, who at =
some point was the head of both ASI and CIRA (Centro Italiano Ricerche =
Aerospaziali, Italian aerospace research center). The rest of the =
article was mostly political jargon and I had some trouble translating =
it.=20
However, what it says is that ASI has recently saved 300 million euros =
from its allocated funds, which is also the sum expected to be needed to =
rebuild the San Marco launch base.
Paolo

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<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>Hi all</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>this is the translation of an article =
which=20
appeared&nbsp;three months ago in the Italian newspaper "la=20
Repubblica"</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV>
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<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>ITALY WANTS SS-25s FROM MOSCOW<BR>La =
Repubblica 16=20
October 2003 page 22</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>Is Italy going to break with Euopean =
space? This is=20
what seems to be <BR>prefigured by some recent activities by the Italian =
Space=20
Agency <BR>(Agenzia Spaziale Italiana, ASI) which, according to a =
parliamentary=20
<BR>interrogation presented by Walter Tocci and other house members from =
<BR>the=20
DS party [the largest center-left opposition party - Paolo], are <BR>the =

expression of a "clear anti-European" position. The subject of the=20
<BR>opposition's interrogation is a negotiation with Moscow on some =
Russian=20
<BR>missiles, which ASI would like to launch from its base near Malindi, =

<BR>Kenya. The launchers are former single warhead SS-25s nuclear =
missiles=20
<BR>which, after having been decommissioned and renamed Start, are =
<BR>converted=20
to small satellite launchers. Moreover, the base would be a =
<BR>rejouvenated=20
(i.e. rebuilt on land) San Marco, a sea based platform <BR>unused since =
1988.=20
According to the opposition, both the <BR>Italian-Russian agreement and =
the=20
hypothesis of a resuscitation of the <BR>Malindi base are not consistent =
to the=20
European space policy and could <BR>turn into a second Airbus case =
damaging the=20
Italian aerospace industry <BR>[Italy has chosen to stay out of the =
Airbus=20
consortium in the 1970s and <BR>out of the military A400 project early =
in the=20
2000s - Paolo] Italy is <BR>in fact working on the Vega small European =
satellite=20
launcher, an <BR>Italian project accepted by its ESA partners despite =
doubts and=20
<BR>discussions, of which the main contractor is FiatAvio [now called =
Avio <BR>-=20
Paolo] Moreover, at the recent Edimburgh meeting Italian minister =
<BR>Letizia=20
Moratti has approved the european plan calling for support to <BR>the =
Ariane=20
launcher and for more development of the European Kourou <BR>launch base =
in=20
Guyana.<BR>Some days ago, astrophysicist Margherita Hack had stigmatized =
the=20
stop <BR>of scientific activities at ASI, but it was possibly just an =
apparent=20
<BR>stop. In fact ASI, to which the government has recently transferred =
the=20
<BR>management of the San Marco platform from the Rome University, has =
just=20
<BR>approved a feasibility study for the relaunch of the Malindi base. =
This=20
<BR>relaunch was discussed in Rome late last July by undersecretary =
<BR>Saporito=20
with the foreign minister of Kenia (and the opposition asks <BR>prime =
minister=20
Berlusconi whether Saporito has acted "beyond his own <BR>institutional =
tasks").=20
Last friday, a delegation of ASI led by ASI's <BR>president Sergio =
Vetrella has=20
retuned from Moscow and will go to Kenia <BR>next=20
week.<BR>---------------------------------------------</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>The article then goes on detailing the =
biography of=20
Vetrella, who at some point was the head of both ASI and CIRA (Centro =
Italiano=20
Ricerche Aerospaziali, Italian aerospace research center). The rest of =
the=20
article was mostly political jargon and I had some trouble translating =
it.=20
</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>However, what it says is that ASI has =
recently=20
saved 300 million euros from its allocated funds, which is also the sum =
expected=20
to be needed to rebuild the San Marco launch base.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>Paolo</FONT></DIV></BODY></HTML>

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