Enrico Palermo

Enrico Palermo

Head of the Australian Space Agency

Enrico has led the Australian Space Agency since January 2021 from its headquarters in Adelaide. Since his commencement, Enrico has overseen a number of major milestones. Under his leadership, the Agency has reached an agreement with NASA for an Australian-designed, built and operated rover to be included in a future mission to the Moon. The first launch permit and launch facility license under the new Australian Space (Launches and Returns) Act have been issued, and there has been the first commercial launch attempt. 

Before joining the Agency, Enrico spent 14 years in various roles at Virgin Galactic, including establishing and leading a vertically integrated aerospace manufacturing and testing operation of over 700 engineers, technicians and professionals responsible for the build and testing of a fleet of Mach 3, crewed commercial spaceships. From there Enrico was part of the team that launched the New York Stock Exchange listed public company and was appointed Chief Operating Officer.

A Perth native, Enrico graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Physics and Applied Mathematics. He also studied at the International Space University in Strasbourg. Enrico has worked and studied in the United States, United Kingdom, France and Netherlands. His experience goes beyond the space industry, having also worked in Australian chemical processing, management consulting, onshore and offshore oil and gas, and mining industries. 

Enrico is passionately applying his deep technical background, international network, and experience in scaling businesses to rocket Australia’s space sector toward the Agency’s goal of tripling its size to $12 billion and creating 20,000 new jobs by 2030.

Important Dates and Events

Call for abstracts open

20 May 2022

Call for abstracts close

01 Aug 2022

Notification of abstract acceptance

08 Aug 2022

Early bird registrations open

12 Aug 2022

Paper submission deadline

01 Nov 2022

Early bird registrations close

25 Nov 2022

Standard registrations open

26 Nov 2022

Notification of paper acceptance

20 Jan 2023

AIAC20 Day 1

27 Feb 2023

AIAC20 Day 2

28 Feb 2023

Avalon Airshow

01 Mar 2023