Leonardo Barilaro is an aerospace engineer and a pianist, with a deep passion for chinese martial arts, freediving and photography. He graduated with a PhD in Sciences, Technologies and Measurements for Space (STMS) at the University of Padua in 2011, the focus of his research concerned new techniques to study the space debris risk and mitigation. During those years he had the opportunity to take part in an exchange program at Cranfield University (UK) and in the REXUS/BEXUS Programme of the European Space Agency, with the S.C.R.A.T. Experiment. He also pursued for a period the academic work as post-doc researcher at CISAS, Center of Studies and Activities for Space (Italy). His technical background is mainly in mechanical measurements for engineering, constructions and structures, fluid dynamics and aerospace systems, with an extended experience in simulations (FEA). He also aquired industrial experience working 5 years for multinational corporations like Maserati, SIT Group and Methode Electronics, being part of the Research and Development teams and developing new products. Leonardo recently joined the Institute of Aerospace Technologies team at the University of Malta, his main project is related to the development of an innovative interface for a multi-purpose detachable pod to be attached to a SmartCopter, the new generation of gyroplanes designed by Celier Aviation for humanitarian missions, environmental management, law enforcement and security, recreation and other commercial uses.