The aerospace industry in Europe is growing to meet a new demand for services in connection to Space, be it analytics rendered from data collected by satellites in orbit, transporting cargo beyond the atmosphere or building the necessary equipment or instruments to carry out experiments or tasks in Space. Switzerland and Spain, both members of the European Space Agency (ESA), can create interesting synergies to design and produce new systems that can compete in this new environment.
Head of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation at the Spanish Space Agency.
Deputy Director of Research and doctoral studies at ETSI Aeronáutica y del Espacio (Higher Technical School of Aeronautics and Space of the Madrid Technical University)
Doctor in Aerospace engineering (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid).
Mrs. Pérez Grande has been teaching and researching at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Madrid Technical University) since 1994. Currently, she is a Professor at the Fluid mechanics and aerospace propulsion department. She carries out her research at the Ignacio Da Riva Microgravity Institute, where she heads the Aerospace development and testing research group since 2005. Her research focuses on heat transfer, thermal design and thermal control of space systems. She has contributed to the design of numerous onboard instruments such as NOMAD in ExoMars 2016 (ESA), Sunrise I and II, SO/PHI and EPD in Solar Orbiter (ESA), as well as TIRS and ATS in MEDA in Mars 2020 (NASA).
She served as member of ESA’s Physical Sciences Working Group (2013-2017) and ESA’s Human Spaceflight and Exploration Science Advisory Committee (2015-2017).
Director of the Spanish Space Agency (since April 20, 2023)
Doctor in Aerospace engineering (Technische Universität Braunschweig). Aeronautical engineer (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid).
Mr. Belló Mora has been CEO of Atlantic International Research Centre (AIR Centre) since the year 2000. Additionally, he has presided over the Eureka research and innovation network in 2021 and 2022.
He founded the aerospace corporation DEIMOS in 2001 and was its CEO until 2019. He was the main force behind the launching of the first Spanish satellites to observe Earth, DEIMOS 1 and DEIMOS 2. DEIMOS has branched out in Spain (DEIMOS Space, DEIMOS Aplicaciones Tecnológicas, DEIMOS Imaging), as well as in the rest of Europe (DEIMOS Engenharia, DEIMOS UK, DEIMOS Romania and DEIMOS Italy).
Before that, between 1985 and 2001, Mr. Belló worked in the Spanish aerospace firm GMV as well as in the European Space Agency (ESA) in Darmstadt, were he was Business Director, Director of mission analysis and engineering and Director of institutional space programs.
He is a member of the International Astronautical Academy, the Astrodynamics committee of the International Astronautical Federation and President of the Constellation and Mission design session of the International Astronautical Congress.
Senior Vice President for Sales and Customers at PLD Space
Mr. Gallego Sanmiguel has a wide experience in the aerospace sector. He has served as mission manager in institutions such as SpaceX (2015-2018) or ESA’s VEGA mission (2008-2012). He has participated in the launch of Ariane 4, Ariane 5, Soyuz, Dnepr, Vega, Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy crafts from Kourou (French Guyana), Yasny (Russia), Vandenberg (California), Cabo Cañaveral (Florida) and El Arenosillo (Spain).
He has been a consultant and business development manager at firms such as DEIMOS (2012-2015), ISDEFE (2007-2008), Hisdesat (2003-2007), Ariane Space (1997-2003) or CASA Espacio (1990-1997).