Pedro Llanos


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Pedro Llanos is an Assistant Professor of Spaceflight Operations in the Applied Aviation Sciences Department at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), Daytona Beach, FL. His passion for space exploration has taken him to work towards unbound frontiers in this new rising and expanding modern commercial space operations era, working closely with space industry experts. Pedro is the Operations Supervisor and Mission Specialist of the Suborbital Operations Science Lab, and the Payload and Integration Lab Supervisor.

Dr. Llanos currently teaches Introduction to Space Navigation, Spacecraft & Satellite Systems, Payloads and Integration, Space Station and Operations, and Space Transportation Shuttle. Pedro’s current research is how to integrate and utilize Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), the NextGen navigation technology system, to ensure the safe and efficient integration of suborbital vehicles in the National Airspace System. Pedro’s research also involves designing and developing suborbital science payloads aboard various suborbital research platforms.

Pedro Llanos is the recipient of the Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for the 2012-2013 year as part of the AstroNet-II Astrodynamics Network organized by the Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya, Spain. Pedro Llanos obtained his Ph.D. in Astronautical Engineering in 2012 from the University of Southern California, with a dissertation titled: “Trajectory Mission Design and Navigation for a Space Weather Forecast”. He obtained a Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 2008. Before then, Dr. Llanos also obtained his Master in Physics (Astrophysics emphasis) from the University of Oklahoma and a B.S. in Physics from University of Valencia in Spain.

Dr. Llanos has published over a dozen papers and technical reports while also conducting presentations at various conferences across the U.S. Dr. Llanos is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) since 2008. Pedro is an active triathlete and enjoys fishing and flying.