Ing. Walter Cugno

Vice President Domain Exploration and Science

Since January 1st, 2016 Walter Cugno is Vice President of the Domain Exploration and Science of Thales Alenia Space; in addition he was also appointed Torino Site Responsible. Coming from management and technical roles involved on Programs development, within Thales Alenia Space he has been ExoMars Program Director since 2013. From 1997 to 2013 served as Program Manager of International Space Station programs, in particular for New NASA Initiative, Nodes 2&3, Cupola, MPLM Sustaining Engineering and Cygnus Pressurized Cargo Module. In Alenia Spazio, before the merging with Thales, he served as Program and Operation Manager getting significative experience on manufacturing, assembly, integration and test and new technologies development. He had significant roles in projects like Spacelab, Tethered Satellite, IRIS, Lageos, Hipparcos and SAX X-ray satellites, acting as Product Assurance Manager, Assembly, Integration and Test manager, Launch Operation Manager and Project Manager. Born in Avigliana (Torino) in 1955, studied Aeronautical Construction in Torino at the Amedeo Avogadro Institute.