Pablo DeLeon

Pablo de León has almost two decades as an aerospace engineer with experience in space project management and space suit design and Extra-Vehicular Activities (EVA). He is currently a Senior Research Associate in the area of extravehicular activities and space suit design at the Department of Space Studies, University of North Dakota, in Grand Forks. He is also preparing a new course on Human Spaceflight for UND, and working as project manager of a NASA-funded program on planetary space suit design. Prior to that, he worked with the Space Shuttle as payload manager and general designer of the Project PADE (G-761) science experiments package. These experiments completed all NASA certifications and flew on mission STS-108 to the International Space Station in December 2001.This project carried seven experiments and performed flawlessly during the 12 day space flight. His prior experience was as chief designer and fabrications manager for several, underwater-simulation, (EVA) analog, pressure suit systems. Pablo has flown, as payload specialist, in the NASA KC-135 aircraft more than 80 weightless parabolas carrying four Zero-G fluid dynamics experiments. As writer, Pablo has published several books and reports about space, with a special interest in manned space flight. One of these books entitled "108 Minutes in Space" documents the first flight of a human in space. He founded a magazine of space exploration, and is currently editor in chief of the "Latin-American Journal of Space Science and Technology". Pablo has written more than 35 technical papers on space engineering and life support systems presented at international congresses. He belongs to a number of professional aerospace engineering societies. He was selected Regent of the United Societies in Space (USIS) in 2000. During 2000 he was co-founder of the Latin American Space Association (Asociacion Espacial Latinoamericana www.alespacio.org). Pablo was elected as Regional Representative (South America) of the Space Generation Advisory Council in Support of the United Nations Program on Space Applications. He completed training as member of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), a training program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (City of Cape Canaveral, Florida). He was recently appointed as reviewer of the Collection of Preferred Space-Related Standards (CPSRS) being organized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Pablo is one of the original competitors in the X Prize ( link to www.pablodeleon.com) and is working actively in the X Prize Cup to be held every year in New Mexico ( link to www.xprize.org ). Pablo holds sports scuba-diving certification, professional scuba certification and is a private pilot. He is married to Ana Maria, and they currently live in Grand Forks, ND. During their spare time they enjoy traveling, watching old science fiction movies, designing rockets ( link to http://www.estesrockets.com/ ) and learning more about the next frontier.

Broadcast 2256 (Special Edition)

Guests: John Batchelor, Pablo de Leon, Dr. David Livingston. Topics: We discussed the HSF capsules dating back to the Vostok through Dragon Rider. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright.

Broadcast 1449 (Special Edition)

Guests: Pablo De Leon, Irene Schneider. Topics: UND Space Studies programs, Lunar analog base project, space radiation, NDX 2 prototype planetary space suit. This interviewed was taped on Wednesday, Oct. 27th in the lounge of the Hilton Garden Inn which is connected to the UND Space Studies Department. This interview was the only interview I did while at UND this week as the planned walking tour program of the Space Studies Observatory was cancelled due to heavy rains and wind.

Broadcast 1100 (Special Edition)

Guests: Dr. Robert Kelley, Dr. George Seielstad, Nate Ambler, Joseph Kerian, Mark Grygier, Ben Schilling, Michael Thomas, Pablo DeLeon. Topics: UND multidiscipline educational vision for space and more, AgCam, spaceflight simulators. This special program consists of various segments separated from each other by about 5-7 seconds of spacing as there are no breaks separting the different interviews. We started this special taped set of interviews with an interview with Dr. Robert Kelley, the 11th President of the University of North Dakota. During this discussion, I asked Dr.

Broadcast 833 (Special Edition)

Pablo DeLeon was the guest for this program which originally aired on Wednesday, Nov. 14 and was archived on Friday, Nov. 16, 2007.This interview focused on discussing exciting, innovative, and adventuresome student projects here at UND Space Studies. During the first hour of this program, we discussed Pablo's spacesuit lab and his student as well as his corporate spacesuit development activities. In this discussion, we also talked about elements needed to make a space tourism spacesuit, an EVA suit, and even the mechanical pressure suit developed by Dr. Webb.

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