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About Pedro J. Llanos (

Dr. Llanos received his Ph.D. in astronautical engineering from the University of Southern California in 2012. His research interests include astrophysics, astrodynamics, and bioastronautics, and among his current activities, he supervises the Next-Generation ERAU Advanced Research Payload and Integration Lab where he is working on various suborbital cancer research payloads, which is a collaboration between Embry-Riddle, the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Llanos supervises the operations in the Suborbital Space Flight Simulator Lab where he is working on the integration of new space vehicles into the National air Space.

He is an active member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Astronautical Society, and The Planetary Society. He received the Award for Artistic Merit from the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research in their 2017 Combustion Art Competition held in Seattle, Washington. Pedro was awarded the McNair Faculty Mentor of the Year in 2016 at Embry- Riddle.

Dr. Llanos serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Aerospace Science and Technology, Acta Astronautica, and the Journal of the Astronautical Sciences.


2014 - Present Assistant Professor, Spaceflight Operations & Space Studies, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University College of Aviation, Department of Applied Aviation Sciences
2012 - 2013 Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow, G.M.V. Aerospace and Defence S.A. ‐ Flight Mechanics Group
2011 - 2012 Researcher, California Institute of Technology ‐ Keck Institute for Space Studies
2009 - 2012 Researcher, California Institute of Technology ‐ Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2008 - Present Member, American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics
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2012 Ph.D., University of Southern California ‐ Astronautical Engineering
2008 M.S., University of Southern California ‐ Astronautical Engineering
2003 B.S., University of Valencia ‐ Physics

Contact Information

Dr. Pedro Llanos
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Applied Aviation Sciences Department
College of Aviation
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
(386) 226-7754 (Office)


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