Silvia Casalino is both film-maker and space engineer, with diplomas from Milan’s Polytechnique and Toulouse’s Higher National School of Aeronautics and Space. She has worked at the National Centre for Space Study (CNES) in Paris since 2001, initially in charge of automatic piloting in the balistic stage, then as project manager for the Vega launcher. Apart from her scientific work, Silvia Casalino has written for magazines including Vacarme and GLU magazine.
From 2009 to 2011, she did research into the history of women in space, which took the form of a documentary film, No Gravity, produced by the German TV channel ZDF, released in 2011. In it, the cyborg of Donna Harraway plays a key role, and serves to re-examine the limits between science and science fiction, while reviewing the scarcely known history of the role of women in space research. She is currently preparing a documentary on Joanna Russ, the American author of feminist sci-fi.