Marco Tantardini

Marco Tantardini

Founder, CEO & Chief Architect at DronSystems


Marco Tantardini is an engineer, scientist, entrepreneur and pioneer. He holds a BSc in Aerospace Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, and received a MSc in Space Engineering from the Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands, studying his MSc thesis in Applied Mathematics and Astrodynamics at Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Before graduating he worked as assistant to the Executive Director at The Planetary Society in Pasadena, the world’s largest and most influential public space organisation group, and he was also visiting scientist at the Mission Design Center of the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View. In 2010 Marco built the strategy and the core of the team that led to the Asteroid Retrieval Mission (ARM) study at the Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) at Caltech in Pasadena, and in 2011‐2012 he promoted this project to aerospace executives and governments. In 2011-2012 Marco also acted as the ESA contact point for the KISS’ ARM study, reporting to the ESA HQ in Paris. In spring 2013 the White House and the NASA HQ backed ARM (renamed Asteroid Redirect Mission) as the new strategy for America’s human space exploration, recognising Marco’s key role in it

Founder and CEO


| giugno 2013 – presente (1 anno 11 mesi) Nashua, New Hampshire

An ecosystem for the UAV market

Founder & CTO


| febbraio 2012 – presente (3 anni 3 mesi) Regno Unito

Cleantech company

Team Member

Keck Institute for Space Studies

| novembre 2010 – presente (4 anni 6 mesi) Pasadena

I proposed a project that in November 2010 has become a study at Caltech - NASA JPL (Asteroid Return Mission Study As a consequence, in April 2013 NASA announced the Asteroid Redirect Mission as the new strategy for human space exploration (



| ottobre 2012 – presente (2 anni 7 mesi) Turin Area, Italy

iStarter is a business incubator-accelerator that provides initial capital and extensive coaching to inventors and startuppers through a highly diversified network of young professionals and senior advisors.

Member of the Organizing Committee and Co-Chair of session Mission and Campaign Design and Execution

2015 IAA Planetary Defense Conference

| maggio 2014 – presente (1 anno) ESA ESRIN, Frascati

The International Academy of Astronautics will hold its 4th conference from 13-17 April, 2015 in Frascati, Italy. - Planetary Defense - Recent Progress & Plans - NEO Discovery - NEO Characterization - Mitigation Techniques & Missions - Impact Effects that Inform Warning, Mitigation & Costs - Consequence Management & Education The conference will include an exercise where participants will simulate the decision-making process for developing deflection and civil defense responses to a hypothetical asteroid threat.

Aspen Junior Fellow

Aspen Institute Italia

| gennaio 2011 – presente (4 anni 4 mesi)



| settembre 2011 – dicembre 2013 (2 anni 4 mesi) Culver City, California

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European Space Agency

| settembre 2011 – dicembre 2012 (1 anno 4 mesi)

I received a consultancy contract from ESA for my participation to the Asteroid Return Mission study at the Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) and reported to the ESA HQ in Paris

Special Assistant to a former ASI Administrator and ESA Senior Consultant

DdeB Domaine de Beauregard

| dicembre 2009 – dicembre 2010 (1 anno 1 mese)

Strategic, technical and business development of advanced projects in the field of Nuclear Physics and Engineering, Superconductors, Automotive, Astrodynamics, and Mining, establishing contacts with top scientists and managers in Europe, the United States and Asia

Researcher: UB-UPC Dynamical Systems Group

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

| novembre 2008 – novembre 2009 (1 anno 1 mese)

Master Thesis: "Transfer strategies to the L3 libration point of the Sun-Earth system". Research presented at CelMec V in September 2009. A paper titled "Spacecraft trajectories to the L3 point of the Sun–Earth three-body problem" has been published on the renowned journal Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy (Springer): Applied Mathematics, Astrodynamics, Low Thurst, CR3BP, Invariant Manifolds, Optimization, Space Weather.

Visiting Scientist at the Mission Design Center (MDC)

NASA Ames Research Center

| maggio 2008 – agosto 2008 (4 mesi)

Analysis of the benefits of a mission to a Near Earth Object (Apophis) compared to radar and optical observations


The Planetary Society

| ottobre 2007 – aprile 2008 (7 mesi)

Analysis of papers about: - Manned Missions to Near Earth Objects - how to deviate an Earth approaching asteroid: from the tugboat to the gravity tractor Analysis and review of Earth Remote Sensing websites Study and parametric analysis of the end of life of the solar sail Cosmos 2 (published in a report) Marketing and network expansion for the weekly radio program Planetary Radio (