Speaker Spotlight: José Mariano López Urdiales
This post originally appeared on blog.up.co
On behalf of the StartupWeekend Space Team, I would like to introduce you to one of our speakers, José Mariano López Urdiales.
In 2009 he founded Zero2Infinity in Barcelona, Spain; its maiden vehicle is bloon, a stratospheric balloon that will allow people to fly to Near-Space. Thanks to his astronomer father, he has been in close contact with space missions ever since he was a child. He graduated in Aeronautical Engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and since then has been involved in a host of cutting-edge projects such as building and flying microgravity payloads for the European Space Agency in the Netherlands, airline strategy for the Boston Consulting Group, rocket science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Ariane 5 Evolution Space launcher, advanced Air Traffic Management for Boeing “Phantom Works”, or orchestrating a regional aerospace development plan as the Manager of the Barcelona Aeronautics and Space Association from 2006 to 2009. He lectured in Space Vehicles at the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña. A graduate of UPM, ISU, CDI and MIT, he enjoys playing badminton and cooking.
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