Marco Goméz

Marco Gómez is a research engineer at the Costa Rica Institute of Technology, where he co-founded the university’s Space Systems Laboratory (SETEC Lab). He is Project Manager of Irazú, consisting of designing, building and launching Central America’s first satellite to monitor carbon fixation in Costa Rican rainforests. Marco studied at the Georgia Institute of Technology, receiving dual degrees in aerospace and mechanical engineering and at the Delft University of Technology, obtaining a masters degree in aerospace engineering. Part of his graduate work was developed at the Swiss Space Center of EPFL, where he optimized spacecraft trajectories using low-thrust propulsion systems.

“The Next Generation Plenary is an excellent opportunity to share with the astronautics community the experience of developing the first satellite mission in an emerging space nation. The democratization of space is a growing movement and I am thrilled to share and learn from others’ experiences during this plenary.”


International Astronautical Congress 2018

1–5 October 2018

Bremen, Germany