|Birthname||Gaetano Arturo Crocco|
|born on||26 October 1877 at 13:00 (= 1:00 PM )|
|Place||Naples, Italy, 40n51, 14e17|
|Timezone||LST m12e29 (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||03°12' 23°49 Asc. 01°19'|
Italian scientist and aeronautics pioneer, the founder of the Italian Rocket Society, who went on to become Italy's leading space scientist.
In 1927, Crocco begun working with solid-propellant rockets and, in 1929, designed and built the first liquid-propellant rocket motors in Italy. He began work with monopropellants (fuel and oxidizer combined in one chemical liquid) in 1932, making him one of the first researchers in this field.
As head of the School of Aeronautics of the University of Rome, he performed research on flight mechanics, structural design, and high-altitude flight in addition to his work in rocket propulsion.
Because of his early efforts in aeronautics, Italian satellites were launched starting in the 1960s. The San Marco programme was a cooperative effort of NASA and the Italian Space Commission, with NASA providing launch vehicles, use of its facilities, and training of Italian personnel.
He died on 19 January 1968 in Rome, aged 90.
Grazia Bordoni's Science file quotes Gauquelin.
- Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 90)
- Vocation : Engineer : Aerospace
- Vocation : Science : Other Science
- Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession (Italy's leading space scientist)