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Claudio Maccone (born February 6, 1948, Torino, Italy) is an Italian space scientist. In 2002 he was awarded the “Giordano Bruno Award” by the SETI League, "for his efforts to establish a radio observatory on the far side of the Moon." In 2010 he was appointed Technical Director of Scientific Space exploration of the International Academy of Astronautics.
He obtained his PhD at the Department of Mathematics of King's College London in 1980. He then joined the Space Systems Group of Aeritalia (later called Alenia Spazio S.p.A. and now Thales Alenia Space Italia S.p.A.) in Turin as a technical expert for the design of artificial satellites, and got involved in the design of space missions. In 2000 he was elected as Co-Vice Chair of the SETI Committee of the IAA. He has published over 70 scientific and technical papers, most of them in “Acta Astronautica.” In 2010, Maccone was appointed Technical Director of Scientific Space Missions for the International Academy of Astronautics.
His first book was “Telecommunications, KLT and Relativity” in 1994 and his second book was “The Sun as a Gravitational Lens: Proposed Space Missions” in 1998 (both at IPI Press, USA). Maccone's third book "Deep Space Flight and Communications" was published by Praxis-Springer in 2009. In September 2012 "Mathematical SETI -Statistics, Signal Processing, Space Missions" was published. 
Honours and Awards
In 2001 the Asteroid 11264 was named “Claudiomaccone” in his honor by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). In 2002 he was awarded the “Giordano Bruno Award” by the SETI League, "for his efforts to establish a radio observatory on the far side of the Moon. The League considered it notable that Maccone was the first Italian to win the award, which is named after Italian monk Giordano Bruno.
- Deep Space Flight and Communications Talk at the SETI Institute, 11/25/2009, @youtube (Retrieved 09/30/2011)
- Interview - Dr. Claudio Maccone on Space Defense, 2012 Astrobiology Conference in Atlanta @YouTube, (Retrieved 06/13/2012)
- Habitable Planet Statistics - Claudio Maccone (SETI Talks)@YouTube
- Claudio Maccone@ ADS