Mario Merino is a PhD Aerospace Engineer and an assistant professor at the Aerospace Department of UC3M, where he and his team research such exciting topics as electric space propulsion and next-generation plasma thrusters. Mario's work has received the national
Outstanding PhD Thesis award,' the EuropeanPegasus-AIAA' prize, and the European`Young Aerospace Engineer' award. He has participated in several ESA and European projects on space electric propulsion, and carried out two research visits at Stuttgart University (Germany) and UCLA (CA, US).
He teaches several bachelor and master level courses on space system design, rocket engines, astrodynamics, and advanced aerospace propulsion.
In`The Conquest of Space,' Mario will be your guide through the technical part of the course, and together you will discover how things work and behave in space.