Mr. Andrea Accomazzo

Head of the Solar and Planetary Missions Division in the Mission Operations Department at the European Space Agency. At the Agency since 1999, worked for the Rosetta and Venus Express missions as Operations Manager and Flight Director. Worked at Fiat Avio for the Vega launch vehicle and the Rosetta lander. Graduated at Politecnico di Milano in Aerospace Engineering in 1995. Completed basic pilot training at the Italian Air Force Academy. Likes football, mountain-biking, and skiing.

Here’s more about Mr. Andrea Accomazzo:

  • He completed the first 2 years of training as a military pilot, to then complete his master graduation
    in aerospace engineering at the Politecnico di Milano 19995 with a master thesis on the trajectory
    control for the Vega launch vehicle
  • He worked from 1995 till 1999 at BPD Difese e Spazio, then Fiat Avio, in the Colleferro (Rome) and
    Turin establishments, where he followed the project of the GNC system of the Vega launch vehicle
    and the descent system of the Philae lander of the Rosetta mission
     In 1999 he joined the European Space Agency (ESA) at the European Space Operations Centre
    (ESOC) in Darmstadt (Germany) as Spacecraft Operations Engineer for the Rosetta mission, role that
    he kept till launch in March 2004
  • In 2003 he was assigned as Spacecraft Operations Manager for the Venus Express mission, role that
    he kept during launch in November 2005 and orbit insertion at Venus in April 2006.
  • He returned to the Rosetta mission as Spacecraft Operations Manager in 2006. In this role he was
    responsible for the preparation and execution of all flight activities of the mission during the
    interplanetary cruise, hibernation, and comet proximity operations.
  • Since April 2013 he is head of the Solar and Planetary Missions Division in the Mission Operations
    Department, and as such Flight Director of all ESA interplanetary missions; in particular he has been
    the Flight Director for the Rosetta mission in its most critical phase after the arrival at comet
    Churyumov-Gerasimenko and during the landing of the Philae probe on the surface of the comet in
    November 2014.
  • After this event he has focused more on missions in development phase like:.
    – Exomars Orbiter and Rover, arrived at Mars in 2016 and to be launched in 2020 respectively
    – Bepi Colombo, launch towards Mercury in 2018 and arrival in 2025
    – Solar Orbiter, launch towards the Sun in 2019 and start of routine operations in 2021
    – Juice, launch towards Jupiter and its moons in 2022/2024 and arrival in 2030/2034