Marco is the SCINI Navigator/Surveyor, and his task is to make sure that we’ll always know SCINI’s position and that observation data is properly associated with position.
Marco is the chief engineer and CEO at Desert Star Systems, which manufactures the PILOT navigation system used on SCINI. For the 2008 mission, we are also preparing a new higher-performance navigation system that will provide greater accuracy and position-update rates. We will be using this system as a backup to PILOT, and, on-site test results permitting, as the main navigation system to enhance the productivity of the SCINI missions. On a personal level, Marco has long enjoyed diving in remote locations and is looking forward to the adventure of working in Antarctica.