In 1980, he began studying atomic physics and within three years won first prize in the physics category of a national scholastic contest, capturing first prize again the following year. In 1984, started studies in astrophysics, graduating first in his high school class of 1986. In 1991, designed and developed the first hybrid, multi-building, fiber optic, mainframe-to-client-server banking architecture in Latin America. The following year, he designed and built Ecuador's first TCP/IP client server network. Graduated with an Master of Science in systems engineering in 1994 from the Universidad Catolica Santiago de Guayaquil, with emphasis in Cybernetics where he was the director of the campus' computer lab until 1995, the same year he married. Also in 1995, began research in cybernetics and Astrobiology and designed Latin America's first internet-to-fax and internet-to-beeper interfaces. The next year, he designed and developed Ecuador's first internet commerce platform. In 1999 and 2003 respectively, designed and developed Ecuador's first and second generation "intelligent houses." Also in 2003, was Ecuador's first to reach 65 mph on a wind-only powered terrestrial vehicle and the country's first to reach 1/4 the speed of sound in a terrestrial vehicle. Completed the TERC astrobiology teaching certification course in 2004, which was also the year in which he secured a suborbital spaceflight with Space Adventures, Ltd., the first trip of its kind for an Ecuadorian citizen and he's expected to become the first Civilian Astronaut of Latin America then. In 2006 started Advanced Sub Orbital training in the GCTC (Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre) in Russia.
In 2006 he starts Project ESAA, which is officially recognized by the Ecuadorian Air Force (FAE) General Command in 2007 as the first astronautics initiative in the history of the country and him as the first ecuadorian astronaut candidate.
On June 8, 2007 he graduates ASA/T degree (Advanced Suborbital Astronaut Trained) after completing the ASA/T training on GCTC Moscow, during the training he imposes a record of 8,6G for Ecuadorian air history while training on the MiG-29UB and MiG 31E in Nizhny Novgorod air base, to date, and accordingly to FAE records, he is the ecuadorian that has flown higher (21 kms altitud on MiG 31E), faster (2.6 Mach on MiG 31E) and sustained the most G force during the longest period (8.6G during 16 seconds).
Last update on April 30, 2018.