Dr. Fernando Aguado
University of Vigo, Professor
(MSc 1992, PhD 1996), Full Member of the IAA, he is currently Associate Professor (Full Professor accredited since October 2016) at Signal Theory and Communication Department at Vigo University and since April 2016 he is also responsible for Space Projects of the Galician Aerospace Centre (CINAE). Prof. Aguado’s main areas of interest are System Engineering for small satellites, Space communication, and small satellite constellations.
As head of the Space Activities, Prof. Aguado has coordinated: The Xatcobeo CubeSat, the first ever Galician satellite and Spanish Cubesat, developed in collaboration with INTA (Spanish National Institute of Aerospace Technology), and launched on February 2012) the HUMSAT Project and HumSat–D CubeSat (launched in November 2013), which has been selected by the Space office of the United Nations to be the core of the BSTI (Basic Space Technology Initiative) Programme, having the sponsorship of the ESA (European Space Agency) through the Programme GEOID (Genso Experimental Orbital Initial Demonstration) and the Fly your Satellite Initiative promoted by ESA. Prof. Aguado has been also the coordinator of the FemtoXat Project (1/3 Units CubeSat), the Sector B of the Brazilian Satellite SERPENS (Agencia Espacial Brasileira, launched in September 2015 and second HUMSAT satellite) and the LUME-1 satellite recently launched within the FIRE-RS project financed by the European Union SUDOE-Interreg Programme.
Prof. Aguado was also the principal investigator and coordinator of the development of the concept of operation of the Dustcube satellite, selected by the ESA within the Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM). As responsible for Space Projects at CINAE, Prof. Aguado is currently coordinating the design, manufacturing and integration of 2 new satellites (2 6U Cubesats) for maritime and airplane tracking applications as well as for machine to machine communications.
Mr. Stanley O. Kennedy, Jr.
President & Chief Systems Engineer Oakman Aerospace Inc.
Mr. Stanley serves as the President and Co-Founder of Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI) and has over 34 years of direct, hands-on experience in Aerospace Engineering. He earned his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, USA, and an M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA. He is an Associate Fellow and Lifetime member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) serving at both the regional and national levels. Mr. Kennedy is the Technical Chairman of the AIAA/SmallSat Frank J. Redd Student Competition held annually in conjunction with the AIAA/SmallSat Conference in Logan, UT, USA; and, is a member of AIAA Standards Executive Council (SEC). He also serves on the U.S. Commerce Department’s Industry Trade Advisory Council on Aerospace (ITAC-1). Mr. Kennedy has held technical and management/executive positions with Comtech AeroAstro, General Dynamics – Advanced Information Systems, and Lockheed-Martin Space Systems Company.
OAI specializes in Rapid & Responsive, Modular, Open-Architecture Space Systems. OAI is a women, veteran-owned, small business headquartered in Littleton, Colorado, USA that is dedicated to providing cutting-edge products and services related to space systems architectures, spacecraft/satellite design and development, and mission payload and data distribution services. As a global provider of space-based solutions, OAI is proud to offer complete end-to-end capabilities for our customers, teammates, and stakeholders.
Mr. Andrés Martínez
Program Executive Advanced Exploration Systems Division, Human Exploration System Division Directorate, NASA Headquarters
Andres Martinez is currently a Program Executive in the Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) division within the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) at NASA Headquarters. At AES, he leads Small Satellites projects and is responsible for several deep space missions, as well as SPHERES and Astrobee (both free-flyer robots inside the International Space Station).
Mr. Martinez has 29 years of experience as an engineer in Silicon Valley. He began his at Xerox Corporation. During his 10-year career at Xerox, Mr. Martinez spent his last two years at the world-renowned Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). In 1999, while at Xerox PARC, he co-founded an Internet start-up company, GroupFire Inc., along with seven scientists. At GroupFire, he held several executive positions including vice president of engineering. Google, Inc. eventually acquired GroupFire, Inc. in 2001. He has also held senior management positions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Motorola, Inc. At LLNL, Mr. Martinez led a software development team. At Motorola, Inc., Mr. Martinez was Director of Program Management, leading a global team based in 12 different geographies with responsibilities for delivering new technologies for the cable industry.
Mr. Martinez joined NASA Ames Research Center in July 2007 as the Constellation Program Data Systems Lead for both the software development and systems engineering teams. Over the past ten years, Mr. Martinez has also been Program Manager for the Small Satellites Payloads and Technologies Program (SSPT), which included four space biology missions and the development of the Nanosatellite Launch Adapter System (NLAS). In 2012, he was the Project Manager for two small-satellite space biology missions. During this time, Mr. Martinez was also the SPHERES Program Manager and Project Manager for the first NASA sponsored-CubeSat jettisoned from the International Space Station (ISS) – TechEdSat-1. More recently, he was the program manager for the NASA Small Spacecraft Technology Program (SSTP). SSTP is one of nine programs within the NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD). At SSTP, Mr. Martinez was responsible for seven spaceflight projects; five of these have launched to space in the past 12 months.
In September 2015, Mr. Martinez was honored as one of the “2015 Top 20 most influential Latinos in technology” by CNET en Español. Last year, Mr. Martinez received the Professional Achievement Level II – Hispanic Engineering National Achievement Award Conference.
Don José Francisco Moreno Álvarez
Technical Director of Airbus
Technical Direction of Airbus Tres Cantos site (Crisa). Senior Expert and Technical Authority within the Airbus group. Telecommunications engineer (electronics engineer) by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ETSITM). Specialities in informatics and communications. More than 30 years working for the space sector for on board applications. Since 2004 working as lead system engineer for small instruments of missions to Mars surface (Curiosity rover REMS, Insight TWINS, and now Mars 2020 rover MEDA instrument). Overall expertise in avionics and electronics systems, comprising digital electronics, microprocessors based systems, digital communications, ASICs and FPGAs, real time software, etc., as well in engineering management. Airbus Senior Expert for avionics, data handling and software.
Dr. Jordi Puig- Suari
Prof. Head of PolySat & CubeSat Programs, Calpoly
Received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. Degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University. Currently, Dr. Puig-Suari is an Emeritus Professor in the Aerospace Engineering Department at CalPoly, San Luis Obispo, where he taught for 20 years. Dr Puig Suari is the author or co-author of over 100 papers and presentations. In 1999, Dr Puig-Suari and Prof. Bob Twiggs at Stanford developed the CubeSat standard and since then Dr. Puig-Suari has maintained a leadership role in the CubeSat community and his team has been involved in supporting orbital launches for over 140 CubeSats worldwide. In addition to launch activities, Cal Poly’s team has led the development and launch of over 10 CubeSats. In 2011, Dr. Puig-Suari co-founded Tyvak Nano-satellite Systems to support the commercial CubeSat market.
Dr. Roger Walker
Head of the CubeSat Systems Unit, ESA ESTEC
Head of the CubeSat Systems Unit, Projects Office, Systems Department, Directorate of Technology, Engineering & Quality. Team leader with over 10 years of experience at ESA in CubeSat nano-satellite activities. Responsible for planning, setup and implementation of CubeSats/nano-satellite projects for technology in-orbit demonstration funded in the ESA General Support Technology Programme (currently 10 different projects ongoing with two missions successfully flown). Coordination with other ESA programmes, European industry & research institutions on CubeSat-related activities. Team leader for small satellite mission assessment studies in the ESA Concurrent Design Facility (e.g. low Earth orbit constellations, close proximity operations, beyond LEO missions). Technical Chair of the CubeSat Workshop at the Small Satellite Systems & Services (4S) Symposium, and organiser of the ESA CubeSat Industry Days