Juan Luis Cano is an Aeronautical Engineer graduated in 1994 at the School of Aeronautics of the Technical University of Madrid (Spain). Between 1995 and 1997 he enjoyed a research grant in ESA / ESTEC at the Aerothermodynamics Section participating in several studies as FESTIP and X-38.
He then joined the Spanish company GMV and moved for two years to the Mission Analysis Section at ESA / ESOC in Germany, where he worked in the SMART-1 mission to the Moon. Back to Spain, he was co-founder of Deimos Space in 2001, where he has been involved in, or managed many projects for ESA, several of them related to interplanetary missions and NEO missions as Don Quijote, A-Track, Proba-IP, SysNova, etc, and led DEIMOS contribution to NEOShield and Stardust. Between 2011 and 2016 he was Head of the Mission Analysis and Navigation Division at Elecnor Deimos.
In May 2017 he moved to ESA’s ESRIN (Italy) as Operations Manager in the NEO Coordination Centre (NEOCC), where has been leading a team of astronomers and dynamicists to operate ESA’s system devoted to assess the threat posed by asteroids and comets. Since 2019, he is the Information System Manager at the NEOCC. Juan Luis is a space enthusiast with a strong commitment in outreach of space activities and in particular related to the asteroid field.