Who am I?

I was born and raised in Alicante (Spain) overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. I lived in Spain for about 21 years and half way through my undergraduate degree in Physics at the University of Valencia,  I decided to explore and continue my education as an exchange student at the University of Texas at Austin for over a year.


After my first exposure to the American culture and educational system, I decided that I wanted to continue my education in the States and so I spent my last year of my undergraduate in Physics at the University of Oklahoma at Norman where I would expand my knowledge in Astrophysics, and complete my M.S. in Physics under my adviser Edward Baron. 

My career was nurtured by Dr. Dan Tuckness, current Scientist - DoD contractor, who influenced my career by sparking my interests in Astrodynamics. Soon I decided to pursue my M.S. and Ph.D. in Astronautical Engineering at the University of Southern California where my career was influenced by JPL scientists, engineers and technologists: Dr. Gerald Hintz, Dr. Martin W. Lo and Sir James K. Miller who were instrumental in my graduate education providing me with tools for mission and navigation techniques for deep space missions.

At this moment, I am enjoying my teaching career that allows me to educate and inspire students but also to continue learning and exploring different research endeavors in this academic environment.

What do I do?

Associate Professor in Spaceflight Operations at

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


"If you want to go fast, go by yourself.

If you want to go far go with someone else"

Astronaut Encounters

Cady Coleman (Space Shuttle)

Carl Erwin and Michael Bloomfield (Space Shuttle)

Al Worden (Apollo 15)

Jack Lousma (Skylab 3, Space Shuttle Transportation-3)

Wally Funk (Mercury 13)

Bob Cabana (Space Shuttle)

Nicole Stott (Space Shuttle) 

Mount Rainier, Jan. 2018

Super Blue Blood Moon: Partial Lunar Eclipse  Jan 31 2018 (Daytona Beach)

Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) at Caltech: Amazing Scientists and Astronauts (Rusty Schweickart-Apollo 9, and Tom Jones-Space Shuttle )

Where can you find me?

Pedro Llanos

Photo by Pedro Llanos

SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket with visible plumes of the dual core boosters and main core

February 6 2018

Photo by Pedro Llanos

SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket dual core boosters landing to the right of the Blue Origin Rocket factory 

Picture from Banana River, 10 miles out.  February 6 2018

Photo by Pedro Llanos

Inaugural SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launch, February 6 2018

Photo by Blue Origin

At West Texas Launch Site with Crew and Jeff Bezos standing by the New Shepard Crew Capsule 2.0 as part of the M7 Mission.

(December 12, 2017)

Visiting KSC, Launch Pad 39B

Visiting KSC, Launch Pad 39A

Crossing a three-ladder-crevasse below summit Island Peak, Mount Everest

(20,305 feet)

St. Anthony's Triathlon April 29 2018

(Sprint: 750m swimming, 12 mi biking, 3.1 mi running)

5/31 Division 30-39, 47/622 Overall

1h 11min 21sec)

Florida International Triathlon, April 22 2018

2nd Age Group, 30th Overall/189 (2h 19min 00sec)

My first triathlon qualified me for the Olympic-distance race at the 2016 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships, 4th Age Group, 13th Overall/413 participants

1/3 Great Floridian Triathlon (0.8 mi swim, 37 miles bike, 8.7 miles run), October 21 2017, 3rd Age Group, 15th Overall/127 participants (3h 33min 15sec)

Invited to the 2018 USA Triathlon Sprint Age Group National Championships

Tomoka Triathlon, May 21 2017, 3rd Age Group, 10th Overall/365 participants 

Daytona Beach Half Marathon (February 7 2016), 1st Age Group, 9th Overall/1274 runners (coldest day, 38.5 degrees Fahrenheit)

Rock 'n' Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon 2010, My first Half: overall 150/9669 runners, division 32/707