Mr. Enrico Palermo

Australian Space Agency (ASA)

Enrico has led the Australian Space Agency since January 2021. Since his commencement, Enrico has proudly led a diverse team of space ‘agents’ that have achieved a number of major milestones. Under his leadership the Agency has reached agreements with NASA for an Australian designed, built and operated rover to be included in a future mission to the Moon and for collaboration on earth science as part of the landmark National Space Program for Earth Observation. The first launch permits and launch facility licenses under the Australian Space (Launches and Returns) Act have been issued, and there has been the first commercial spaceflights from Australia.

Before joining the Agency, Enrico spent 14 years in various roles at Virgin Galactic, including establishing and leading a vertically integrated aerospace manufacturing and testing operation for Mach 3, crewed commercial spaceships. From there Enrico was part of the team that launched the New York Stock Exchange listed public company and was appointed Chief Operating Officer.

A Perth native, Enrico graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Physics and Applied Mathematics. He also studied at the International Space University in Strasbourg.