Gianluca Franzoni received an electronic engineering degree from the University of Pavia, Italy.
From 1988–90 he was with Marconi Italiana S.p.A. and then joined Laben S.p.A (now Alcatel Alenia Space).
Franzoni worked as a system engineer for many space application programs before starting his activity in the GPS applications–related field. In particular he has been working as project leader for the design and development of GPS receivers for space applications, both single- and dual-frequency, including the GPS Tensor receiver for Globalstar, Proteus GPS receiver for ATV, and the LAGRANGE and GOCE SSTI receivers.
He is currently the project leader for the GARDA and GIRASOLE Galileo receivers.