In posterum astra

Center for Near Space

The Cis-Lunar City

Our Vision

“Near Space” characterizes the outpost of the so-called Fourth Environment, the region that goes from the Earth’s surface to Low Earth Orbit (LEO), where for over 50 years mankind operated the most and where the new civil aerospace industry will focus. But “Near Space” also means a space closer to human beings, a new future environmental component of human life. It is on these principles that our vision for a Cislunar City, a design platform for the space habitat of the future, is based.



General Director

Rino Russo

Co-founder of the Center for Near Space


Vincenzo Torre

Co-founder of the Center for Near Space


Anselmo Cecere

University of Naples Federico II

President of the Scientific Council

Pietro Ferraro

Italian Space Agency

Scientific Advisor

John Robert Brucato

INAF – Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory

Scientific Advisor

Fabrizia Caiazzo

University of Salerno

Scientific Advisor

Giuseppe Cornacchia

Center for Aeronautical Military Studies “Giulio Douhet”

Scientific Advisor

Massimo Della Valle

National Institute for Astrophysics

Scientific Advisor

Francesca Esposito

INAF – Capodimonte Astronomical Observatory

Scientific Advisor

Giancarlo Genta

Turin Polytecnic

Scientific Advisor

Paola Marangelo

University of Naples Federico II

Scientific Advisor

Piero Messidoro

Turin Polytechnic

Scientific Advisor

Veronica Moronese

Space Generation Advisory Council

Scientific Advisor

Massimo Pica Ciamarra

Pica Ciamarra Associati

Scientific Advisor

Raffaele Savino

University of Naples Federico II

Scientific Advisor

Claudio Voto

Campania Aerospace District



Aim of the project is to stimulate institutions, research centers, industries and individuals to invest in design and technological development for both scientific and business purposes.


Aim of the project is to study spatial infrastructural architectures in terms of feasibility, conceptual design, problems related to construction (assembly) and operational scenarios.


The project promotes the commercialization of the use of general aviation aircraft for flying campaigns with maneuvers similar to small parabolic flights to familiarize the public with space tourism.


The project deals with the organization of dissemination initiatives, training, fundraising and partnerships with other communities active or interested in the space sector.


The project deals with training activities aimed primarily at school students to promote a spatial culture and encourage young people’s access to space sector.