Name: Francesco Palumbo
Title (what do you do in D-Orbit): Electronic technician
What did it mean to you to work on this project over the past two years?
I started working in D-Orbit almost 2 years ago; this is my very first professional experience and that means a lot to me.
My first task within the D-Sat project was the electronic assemble and integration of the satellite. As this was my first time in a professional environment, I must admit it was a little bit difficult to get the rhythm of it all. However, the team made all the difference; here, you feel very supported, like someone is always there for you. I really learned a lot with this project and with my colleagues and I’m truly glad to be part of it.
What is the most challenging aspect of working in D-Orbit and what do you enjoy most?
Well, I am not an aerospace engineer as almost all the rest of my colleagues. That was the most challenging aspect of working in D-Orbit, in the beginning. I do not have an aerospace background and because of that I felt like everything was new to me and that I needed to learn a lot from the others. I am the only electronic technician in the company and many of the projects I work on are in collaboration with the engineering team. These projects are very challenging and so almost every day I find myself in a complex situation which I just have to find a way to navigate; so I guess the most challenging part of this job is also the best part of it... it's almost impossible to get bored!
Let’s get a little personal… what are 3 things you’d like people to know about you?
I’m the best foosball player in the company.
I have an amulet that I have been keeping on me since the beginning on the D-Sat Mission; it's a small wooden elephant that my colleagues brought me from India.
My colleagues say that, when welding, I look kinda like a surgeon (thankfully I have very steady hands!).
Star Trek or Star Wars?
I can't answer... it's just too difficult to pick one! :)
Favorite ice-cream flavor?
Fior di latte and hazelnut