Pedro Duque

Minister
Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation

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Pedro Duque is an Aeronautical Engineer from the E.T.S.I. Aeronautics of the Polytechnic University of Madrid. In 1986 he began working in the Spanish GMV business group, where he was assigned to ESOC in Darmstadt (Germany) to carry out work within the framework of the European Space Agency (ESA). In 1992, he was selected in one of the competitions held by that agency to find people who can develop the work of cosmonaut.

He has been trained in the City of Stars in Moscow (Russia) and in the United States. His first space mission was the STS-95 space shuttle Discovery, between October and November 1998, lasting nine days, during which he supervised the experimental module of the European Space Agency (ESA). In October 2003, Duque participated in another trip, in which he was launched on a Soyuz TMA ship, performing the work of a flight engineer and visiting the International Space Station for ten days for the completion of the Cervantes Mission.

From November 2003 to October 2006 he worked at the E.T.S.I. Aeronautics of the Polytechnic University of Madrid, [3] as Director of Operations of the Spanish USOC, having given several conferences for students of both the E.T.S.I. Aeronautics as of the E.U.I.T. Aeronautics within the framework of a free choice course called "Science and operations in space".

In 2006, he was appointed CEO of Deimos Imaging, SL, a company located in the Boecillo Technology Park (Valladolid) that on July 29, 2009 put into orbit the first Spanish Earth observation satellite that allows to improve the use of land in agriculture, advance in the detection and control of fires, and ensure the health of forests. In 2010, he assumed the position of executive president of this company, replacing Francisco Javier Martínez de Irujo.

In October 2011, Duque returned to the European Space Agency after his leave, where he resumed his Astronaut position. From 2011 to 2015 he led the Office of Flight Operations, with responsibility for European activities in the International Space Station. Until his appointment as Minister of Science, Innovation and Universities in June 2018, was responsible for reviewing future ESA projects for manned flights, within the ESA astronaut corps.

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