Dr. Victor Aguero has served as a Senior Principal Research Engineer at SRI International for 22 years, where he has worked as a space technology developer and architect. His primary areas of interest are space systems and advanced technology programs related to small satellites, satellite constellations, and space missions. Dr. Aguero founded the small satellite program at SRI supporting the DoD/IC community focusing on technology innovations, developments, and mission concepts during the mid-2000s through 2019. While at SRI, Dr. Aguero’s work led to eight patents and over 15 publications in refereed journals. His most recent work has focused on communications and networking architectures for LEO constellations, new technology applications in space, robotic space systems, very small satellites (e.g. CubeSats and smaller), and cluster and constellation missions for the DoD and IC community.
While at SRI Dr. Aguero has been responsible for the development of or support of the flight of over 13 small satellites involving SRI payloads, and he supported the integration and launch of over 55 additional CubeSats through the CubeSat Experiment Pipeline launch integration team he helped establish for the US government in 2009. Prior to joining SRI, Dr. Aguero worked two Space Shuttle flights in 1992 and 1996 carrying out research and engineering for the NASA Tethered Satellite System, its reflight and payloads. During his graduate student years, Dr. Aguero also helps found and lead the Stanford Small Satellite Program through the mid-1980s to early 1990s. Dr. Aguero holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Aguero received funding through the National Science Foundation and NASA Fellowships during graduate school.