Jose Benavides

The Future of NASA’s Free-Flying Space Robots

Engineering Lead, NASA Aimes Research Center

Jose Benavides leads the NASA International Space Station (ISS) Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) and Astrobee Facility. The SPHERES Facility ( is one of the most used and popular ISS National Labs with over 80 on-board test sessions and 400+ hours of on-orbit activities to date. Jose has a bachelors and masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University. His hobbies include reading, ham-radio, computer networking, and wood working.