Dr Javier Ventura-Traveset

Head of Galileo Navigation Science Office, European Space Agency

Dr. Javier Ventura-Traveset has been working for more than 30 years at the European Space Agency (ESA), an organization inDr Javier Ventura-Traveset which he has been immersed in multiple space programs covering: satellite communications, earth observation, scientific program, microgravity, technology transfer and, notably, satellite navigation. Dr Ventura-Traveset has been Chief Engineer (Principal System Engineer), Mission Manager and System Manager in all phases of the currently operational EGNOS Navigation System, precursor of the European Galileo system.

He is currently in charge of coordinating all GNSS scientific activities of ESA, being the Head of the Galileo Navigation Science Office and the Executive Secretary of the ESA GNSS Scientific Advisory Committee. At the Navigation Directorate he is currently also coordinating the development of a dedicated lunar communication and navigation System infrastructure.

Dr. Ventura-Traveset has authored or co-authored over 250 technical papers and 4 patents; he is technical co-editor and co-author of the book “EGNOS – A Cornerstone of Galileo” and of several book Chapters. Throughout his career he has received several recognitions, such as the Award for the best Doctoral Thesis of the Spanish Association and the Official College of Telecommunications Engineers; the “ESA inventor Award Medal”; the “ESA Team Award” for extraordinary contribution to the European Space Agency on 2 occasions; the prestigious Telecom Engineering Award “Salva and Campillo”; the “Professional Excellence Award” from the Spanish Association of Telecommunications Engineers ; and several recognitions from the US Institute of Navigation.

Dr Ventura-Traveset is a Member the Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain.

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