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   Fernando Abilleira
   Trajectory Analyst, Mission Design
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, California
United States Of America
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High School: Colegio San Antonio Maria Claret, Madrid, Spain, 
B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Parks College of Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
M.S. Aerospace Engineering, Parks College of Saint Louis University,St. Louis, MO

Background Information
I was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. As a kid, my parents took me to visit one of NASA’s Deep Space Network Stations located in Robledo de Chavela in the outskirts of Madrid. Since then, I have been fascinated with space exploration.

After I graduated from high school, I was very fortunate to receive several scholarships to study in the US. My thesis work was focused on optimization of Mars trajectories and also introduced a concept to send a human mission to Mars by the end of the next decade.

Working for NASA and being able to contribute to the Mars Exploration Program has been a dream come true.

Contributions to Mars Exploration

I am a member of the Inner Planet Mission Analysis Group at the Guidance, Navigation & Control Section at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Most of my work is focused on trajectory optimization and mission analysis & design for the Mars Exploration Program Office. [more contributions ...]
Personal Reflections

No dream is too far away. With persistence and determination, everything is possible. Set goals early in your career and work hard to achieve them. Effort always pays off. [more personal reflections ...]