Skywarders farewell

Skyward gifts tons of emotions.
The true emotions, the ones that arise when time, passions, rage and joy are weekly shared together with amazing people that love your same dreams.
The moment of changing arrives at the end. You have to move on, but in Skyward, perhaps, you can do it lighter, maybe because you know that you’ve written slices of an important story.
People change, Skyward stays.


Gabriele Guida – Head of Recovery Systems

Even if it might seem obvious, I would like to thank everyone who has contributed making Skyward what it is today and also all those who have helped me on a personal level in making this experience a unique one, both from a social and professional point of view.

I wish the very best for the continuation of the activities, knowing very well that this association is capable of great things.

I will always be there to support you guys. I hope that you demonstrate what one can do with enthusiasm, passion, willpower, and a little bit of luck.

A big hug to all those who worked with me in the Recovery System, to presidency of Ruben Di Battista and Luca di Pancrazio, and to the dreamer who started this marvelous fire, Giovanni Pandolfi.


Umberto Saetti – Head of Computational Rocket Dynamics

Hi guys,

as previously anticipated, in August I will start my Master’s degree in the US. That means my time in Skyward is coming to an end. I therefore resign from my role of CRD Department Lead, hoping I will be allowed to be a member of the association. In the next future I will engage to fulfill my duties and to transmit all my work to the association.

Skyward have been one of the first thing in my life I really put all my effort in. This is probably because of the strong collective motivation that we share. A motivation that has is origin in a great man to whom I owe the biggest thank you: Giovanni Pandolfi. As one of my collegues stated: “Gio has really made his dream everybody’s dream”. I couldn’t have said it better.

Another person I am very thankful to is Aureliano Rivolta, for the patience he had with me, for having contained my too strong enthusiasm at times and for having believed in me. He is not just my mentor but a dear friend too.

The growing responsibilities, the deadlines, managing a team and the constant philosophy of “failure is not an option” have helped me growing both professionally and as a person. Which is why I would suggest Skyward to anyone. Might sound a bit generalistic but in life you usually give 10 and take 1. And it is always worth it but can get kind of frustrating at times. In the opposite way Skyward is one of the things to which you give 10 and take 10 and that is why I do hope that it could give the same which has given to me.

Watching the rocket, being a metaphor for our commitment throughout the years and the long hours we have worked, leaving the ramp and climbing the sky at 500 kmh into that gorgeous sound was a breathtaking emotion. One of the strongest I have ever experienced. I have to admit that it was difficult to hold back the tears, especially when the main parachute opened.

Besides the good friendships that that will eventually grow inside a group, I really was surprised by those relationships based on the common suffering and joy throughout the path toward the same goal. I think the right word for it is camaraderie and I wish every one of you could experience it.

I will always remember the comic trips to Roccaraso with my fellows Gabri, Anto and Ruggè, spent talking about the beautiful C. Sterpos; or the Mathwork classes with Darione, Pela, Hocci and all the other “catafratti”. I will never forget about Gigi, that all the times he sees me he goes “Hey old fellow, is the rocket stable or not?”, or about Fede Rovere which would always come by me with a big smile saying what could be translated in “We are bloody stable!”, usually referring to the dynamic stability of the rocket but sometimes to ourselves after a couple of drinks. Many other great people like “trouble solver” Jonni, “mad boss” Armà, “deep web” Polino or Ruben will always be in mind.

And especially to the last one of them, I would like to dedicate my last tank you and a good luck for the future. I strongly believe he will be able to get Skyward even higher of where it is now.

About quitting, it feels like getting to the end of great a two year long movie which started just one hour and a half ago. But its time for a new movie with a similar plot and different actors to start and I wish you all can enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the first one.

As they say “the important thing is not to impress but being remembered”, so I really do hope I was able to leave a trace during my stay and to heve transmitted to you a little of my enthusiasm.

Goodbye my friends, thank you for having given my one of the best experiences of my life. I will always care about Skyward.


At the end we can say that being a skywarder is a state of mind. Cheers, guys!