Spanish Space Agency • Director General

Miguel Belló is the Director General of the Spanish Space Agency and Commissioner for Aerospace Recovery Plan at the Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain, with responsibility of a 4,5 B€ program for the sector and direct reporting to the Minister. Miguel is also Head of Delegation of Spain in the European Space Agency (ESA) and elected as Vice Chairman of the ESA Council from July 1st. He was also CEO of the Atlantic International Research Centre (AIR Centre), international non-profit organization to develop scientific and technological space applications in the Atlantic region with Headquarters in Azores Islands (Portugal) and Chairman of Eureka, the world's biggest public network for international cooperation in R&D and innovation, present in over 45 countries. Miguel has been entrepreneur in the European Space sector involved in the management of International Space Programs and Institutions with 40 years of experience in the space sector. Promoter of the DEIMOS 1 (launch 2009) and DEIMOS 2 (launch 2014) Earth Observation satellites and responsible of its launch, operations and downstream applications.

Miguel was founder and CEO of all companies in DEIMOS Group in Spain, Portugal, United Kingdom, Romania and Italy with a team of more than 600 engineers. He is expert in Space Systems Engineering, Earth Observation systems and applications, Mission Analysis, Flight Dynamics, Interplanetary Mission Design and Space Debris.

Miguel holds a PhD in Aerospace Engineering at the Flugmechanik Institut, Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrttechnik, Technische Universität Braunschweig (Germany), in 1993, a M.S. Degree in Aeronautical Engineering, at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, in 1983, with end of Studies Honour Award and a General Management Programme (MBA), in 2000-2001, at IESE (Madrid).

Miguel is member of the Board of Trustees and Full Member for Section 2 (Engineering Sciences) of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), Member of the Astrodynamics Committee of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), Chairman of the Mission and Constellation Design Session of the IAC Astrodynamics Symposium and member of the Space Traffic Management Committee of the IAA. Miguel was also Member of the European Space Agency Space Debris Advisory Group (SDAG) and Invited Professor on Space Debris Environment at the Universidad Politécnica in Madrid and Celestial Mechanics at La Sapienza University in Rome.


International Astronautical Congress 2023

2-6 October 2023

Baku, Azerbaijan