João Lousada graduated from Instituto Superior Técnico, in Portugal, with a Masters in Aerospace Engineering that included studies at Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, in Spain, and University of Victoria, in Canada. He has worked in space feasibility concepts at the German Aerospace Agency (DLR) and in satellite assembly, integration and testing at OHB System, for European Space Agency (ESA) projects.

Today he is a Systems Flight Control Engineer (STRATOS) for the Columbus Module of the International Space Station. He is also an active member of multiple volunteer organizations related to the space sector, such as the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), where he has been participating and leading several technical projects as well as acting as co-lead of the Space Safety and Sustainability project group and as National Point of Contact for Portugal. João has also been a part of the core organizing teams of several SGAC events, including national, regional and global events; and he is currently the SGAC regional coordinator for the European region. He is also an analog astronaut and field commander at the Austrian Space Forum, having taken part in multiple analog missions with different space suit simulators.


International Astronautical Congress 2017

25-29 September 2017

Adelaide, Australia