Meet the Team: Francesco Palumbo

July 21, 2017

Name: Francesco Palumbo

Age: 23

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? 

  1. I’m the best foosball player in the company.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 hobby?

Playing football! 


Favorite ice-cream flavor?

Fior di latte and hazelnut 




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