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Rodolfo Neri Vela (NASA Photo S85-39865)

Rodolfo Neri Vela (Ph.D.)
Payload Specialist

PERSONAL DATA: Born February 19, 1952, in Chilpaningo, Gro. (Mexico). Single. Enjoys jogging, cycling, swimming, reading, cinema, theatre, and music.

EDUCATION: Received a bachelor's degree in mechanical and electronic engineering, University of Mexico, 1975; studied the master's program in science, specialized in telecommunications systems, 1975-1976, University of Essex, England; received a doctoral degree in electromagnetic radiation, University of Birmingham, England, 1979; and 1 year of postdoctoral research in waveguides, University of Birmingham, England.

EXPERIENCE: The Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers, USA; The Institution of Electrical Engineers, England; Asociacion - Mexicana de Ingenieros en Comunicaciones Electricas y Electronicas, Mexico; and Colegio de Ingenieros Mecanicos y Electricistas, Mexico.

Dr. Neri Vela has worked at the Institute of Electrical Research, Mexico, in the Radiocommunications Group, doing research and system planning on antennas and satellite communications systems; he had also been Head of the Department of Planning and Engineering of the Morelos Satellite Program at the Mexican Ministry of Communications and Transportation, and is now a full time post-graduate lecturer and researcher at the National University of Mexico on antenna theory and design, satellite communications systems, and Earth station technology.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: Dr. Neri Vela flew on the crew of STS-61B Atlantis (November 26 to December 3, 1985). STS-61B launched at night from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and returned to land at Edwards Air Force Base, California. During the mission the crew deployed the MORELOS-B, AUSSATT II, and SATCOM K-2 communications satellites, conducted 2 six-hour spacewalks to demonstrate Space Station construction techniques with the EASE/ACCESS experiments, operated the Continuous Flow Electrophoresis (CRFES) experiment for McDonell Douglas and a Getaway Special (GAS) container for Telesat, Canada, conducted several Mexican Payload Specialists Experiments for the Mexican Government, and tested the Orbiter Experiments Digital Autopilot (OEX DAP). At mission conclusion, Dr. Neri Vela had traveled 2.4 million miles in 108 Earth orbits, and logged over 165 hours in space.


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