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Personal Space
Dino Brondolo

Asti, Italy

Dalmatian, "Paride"

Personal Life:
Wife, Piera and Daughter, Silvia

Favorite TV Show:
Porta a Porta (political, economic and social discussion)

Favorite Movie:

Favorite Dish:
Typical Piemont Dishes Agnolotti, Fritto Misto

Last Book Read:
"Oi Dialogoi," by Luciano De Crescenzo

Favorite Music CD:
Traveller, by Claudio Baglioni

Favorite Sports Team:
Juventus. Italian Soccer Club

Shuttle Missions Patches

Favorite Hobby:

Brondolo's Grapes
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The Good Life
Multipurpose Pressurized Logistics ModuleThe life that Italian Dino Brondolo lives is one we'd all like to have. He has spent the last nine years building Multipurpose Pressurized Logistics Modules (MPLMs) for the exciting space station program. On weekends, he retreats to the pastoral family vineyard in Torino, Italy, where he continues a tradition of winemaking. Dedicated fully to both endeavors, he is equally proud of the results achieved through hard work, dedication and passion.

Old World Craftsmanship, Modern Technology
Dino's Father's HandsTall, wide, silver and gleaming, the MPLMs are quite beautiful. Brondolo and his staff think of them as works of art and their Italian names--Raffaello, Donnatello, and Leonardo --reflect the craftsmanship involved. On behalf of Italian Space Agency the European Space Agency, and NASA, Alenia Spazio has been contracted to build these MPLMs, which will be used on the shuttle to transport supplies and materials between Earth and the station. As Program Manager, Brondolo supervises an experienced team of 300 people, mostly engineers, dedicated to developing "a very nice piece of hardware for which we are extremely proud to be able to deliver on time to NASA." Think of these MPLMs as "smart shipping vans." They're huge, weighing 4.1 metric tons and measuring 21 feet by 15 feet. A unique feature is their flexibility. When they're not transporting racks of equipment, experiments and supplies to the station (or bringing back old racks, completed experiments and used equipment), these reusable vans double, while docked, as an inhabitable pressurized space for two people. They include components that provide some life support, fire detection and suppression, electrical distribution and computer functions. Aboard the space shuttle, each will travel to the station 25 times over the next 10 years. The Leonardo module, first to go up, will be launched on shuttle mission STS-102 (no earlier than Feb. 15, 2001) and will be equipped to outfit the U.S. laboratory module. It can carry up to 9.1 metric tons of cargo packed into 16 standard space station equipment racks (five can be furnished with power, data and fluid to support a refrigerator freezer).

A Blend of Work and Family
As demanding (and exciting) as the MPLM program is, Brondolo makes time for himself as well. Weekends are spent on the farm with his parents, wife and daughter. "The most important way to relax my mind is to contribute to the work that my family is doing." Brondolo's vineyard is in a town called Brondolo (because everyone who lives there is named Brondolo). Beautiful, green and lush, the farm has passed down through several generations Dino's Father and Motherand is a place to enjoy good wine and food, the company of family and friends and a great way of life. He has never forgotten the lessons learned from his father over the years and often applies his simple ideology of using common sense to approach challenges at work.

The Science of Materials
In space, melted metals are not affected by flows caused by gravity. This has given scientists greater control over the solidification process and offers clues for making better materials to improve computers, infrared detectors and metal products such as cars and airplanes.

Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 06/24/2003
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