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Dynamics and mechanics of asteroids: from gravitational capture to manipulation of small bodies
Funded by the European Research Council (ERC)
Daniel graduated in aerospace engineering from the Technical University of Madrid in 2002, after a short exchange as an Erasmus student for his master thesis in TU Delft. He then joined the Spain-based company GMV as a space mission analyst and worked as project engineer in the areas of orbital mechanics, formation flying, satellite constellations and reusable launch vehicles.
In 2004 he moved to Germany where he has worked for 7 years in ESA/ESOC as a GMV contractor in the mission analysis section. At ESOC he has been involved in future interplanetary missions to Mercury, Mars and Jupiter moons, as well as various small studies of Earth observation and other Solar System exploration candidate missions.
After his stay at ESA, Daniel joined the Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory in October 2011 as a PhD researcher. His research is focused on the dynamics of asteroids, and the study of novel ways of manipulating small Near Earth Asteroids (NEAs), ranging from capture to material processing. He also collaborates as the payload coordinator for the StrathSat-R Experiment for the REXUS (Rocket EXperiments for University Students) 2013 campaign.
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Awards and Scholarships
- Mac Robertson Postgraduate Travel Scholarship, University of Glasgow/University of Strathclyde, May 2013
- John Moyes Lessells Travel Scholarship in Engineering, Royal Society of Edinburgh, May 2013
- Aerospace Speakers' Travel Grant, Royal Aeronautical Society, February 2013
- Faculty of Engineering Best Poster Award, Faculty of Engineering, University of Strathclyde, May 2012