The two main launch pads of the Italian Broglio Space Centre (formerly San Marco) off the coast of Malindi, Kenya, are likely to be closed soon due to a lack of funding. The site, from which Italy launched its first satellite using a US scout booster, faces closure despite a recent drive to resurrect it after the facility was renamed after the father of the Italian space programme, professor Luigi Broglio, late last year.

There had been speculation that Broglio could be used for the development of the FiatAvio-led Vega launcher programme.

Most of Italy's space activities are now integrated within the European Space Agency.

Source: Flight International