Message from Dr. Miguel Belló Mora of Elecnor Deimos
Over the years it has been shown that aviation is not only the culmination of the desire to imitate birds flying through the air but a fundamental step towards expanding our borders. The space race was the logical continuation of this ambition to go beyond the known limits and has allowed the robotic discovery of amazing worlds like Titan, a moon of Saturn that is so similar to Earth.
This dream pushed our imagination and expectations beyond what technology and budgets were able to provide, especially at the end of the 60’s, where even Von Braun predicted the arrival of manned ships to Mars in the 80’s.
Everyone working in the space business is in one way or the other influenced by this enthusiasm of the early years of the space race and it is still alive in us.
The development of space transportation has not been as fast as those first years foreshadowed. Despite this, firm steps have occurred and at the present time quite routine levels of operations have been achieved, where the access to low earth orbit has been demonstrated by several nations. The path is known and we know it is not easy, but it is feasible.
A highlight was achieved with the space shuttle flights, which became to seem routine despite being far from it. This has been a major step in human space transportation as the comfort level of this vehicle allowed the flight of non-professional astronauts to the international space station. Space became closer.
We are therefore at a time where it is possible to contemplate how to popularize space flight in the same way aviation moved from being subject of pioneers to a means of enjoyment and a benefit for all society.
This requires returning to our origins by expanding aviation capability into the space frontier, knowing that a long path has already been carved out by many pioneers who have shown that it is certainly possible to fly higher and faster.
The space environment offers an added difficulty with respect to aviation and it is the difficulty of experimentation. Trial and error have been key to the development of aviation. In contrast, a validation by means of high fidelity simulation has become an inherent element to space development.
We have no doubt that suborbital flight is the first step towards routine and accessible space flight. And after that? step by step.
The BOOSTER consortium follows this route, with its feet firmly on Earth, which is necessary to later be able to raise them up to 100 km of height, with a team that combines experience in aviation and knowledge of spaceflight. Both sides of human transportation are joined: an airplane that flies very high and a spacecraft that orbits very low.
For a company with an important basis in the space sector, with aeronautical roots and that has been involved in numerous initiatives related to space human transportation as is DEIMOS, this project provides an opportunity to promote a more accessible space activity.
The idea is very attractive from a personal point of view to all who are involved. We are convinced that this project will contribute to changing the way in which space is seen by society.
Dr. Miguel Belló Mora
About Dr. Miguel Belló Mora
- Management of Space Programs and Institutions
- Mission Analysis, Flight Dynamics, Interplanetary Mission Design. Software Engineering: project management, design, development and validation of software systems
- Member of ESA Space Debris Advisory Group (SDAG)
- Invited Professor on Space Debris Environment at the ETSI Aeronaúticos, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
- Member of the Astrodynamic Comitee of the International Astronautical Federation
- Chairman of the Mission and Constellation Design Session of the IAC Astrodynamic Symposium
- Founder and Managing Director of DEIMOS SPACE SL in Madrid from 2001
- Founder and Managing Director of the space company DEIMOS Engenharia SA in Lisbon from 2003
- Founder and President of the space company DEIMOS Aplicaciones Tecnológicas (DAT) in Valladolid (Spain) from 2005
- Managing Director of DEIMOS Group from 2009
- M.S. Degree in Aeronautical Engineering, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 1983, specialised in Aircraft, Missiles and Propulsion (six years degree). End of Studies Honour Award
- PhD in Aerospace Engineering, Flugmechanik Institut, Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrttechnik, Technische Universität Braunschweig (Germany), 1993
- Programa de Dirección General (MBA), 2000-2001, IESE (Madrid), Universidad de Navarra