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Beyond Telemedicine with Holoportation

- CDT
Room 101

Fernando De La Peña Llaca
Aexa Aerospace, President & CEO

Aexa President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Fernando De La Peña has twenty years of successful leadership in technology and engineering companies. A United States citizen, his lifelong passion for space exploration combined with Aexa's leading-edge expertise, plays a key role in his support for NASA. As an undergraduate engineering student, Fernando completed and patented a spacecraft engine propelled by anti-matter, and received additional patents, for example, a space launcher employing magnetic levitation. He received a Discovery Channel Prize in 2010 for his work developing the Mexican Space Agency.
He is the former President of the National Contract Management Association, NCMA Space City Houston chapter at NASA JSC. NCMA is the world’s leading professional resource in the field of contract management. He is the chairman of the Johnson Space Center Small Business Council.
He serves on the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership Board of Directors (BAHEP), and, he chairs the Communications Committee of the Johnson Space Center National Management Association. He is also the aerospace liaison of the Clear lake Chamber of Commerce.

Josef Schmid
NASA, Flight Surgeon

Dr. Josef Schmid is a Flight Surgeon at NASA and a retired Major General in the United States Air Force Reserves.  His patients are the current and past Astronauts and their family members and include an X-15 pilot, Shuttle, Space Station, and Apollo Astronauts who have walked on the Moon.   

He became an aquanaut during a 12-day mission to NOAA’s undersea Aquarius habitat during NASA’s NEEMO 12.

Dr. Schmid has been a crew surgeon for shuttle missions STS-116, STS-120, STS-126, and for multiple long-duration missions supporting the International Space Station including Soyuz launches and landing operations in Kazakhstan for expeditions 18, 24, 29, 39, 48, 56, and 63. 

He serves as the Lead for Medical Operations for the new Orion vehicle and Artemis Missions that will return humans to the Moon. 

Dr. Schmid is the previous lead for Space Medicine Training, responsible for training medical students, other flight surgeons, astronaut crew medical officers, and biomedical engineers, former Co-director for the Aerospace Medicine Residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.   He has led missions teaching life-saving surgical skills in Nepal, Rwanda, Mexico, Romania, Bosnia, and Sri Lanka. 

He is a qualified flight crewmember for NASA’s supersonic T-38 jet trainer, Shuttle Training Aircraft, Microgravity flights, and ISS Direct return G3 and G5 missions.

On 8 October 2021, Dr. Schmid and his team became the first humans Holoported into Space. 


Welcome to the new era of telemedicine,  which looks and sounds a lot like a Hollywood movie. Using very real technology being developed and tested by NASA, holoportation combines the words “teleportation” and “hologram” — and it’s a game-changer. NASA tested it for the first time last fall to virtually “send” doctors into space with an ISS crew.

Now meet the team who made it happen. Drs. Schmid and de la Peña will reveal how holoportation leverages haptics for intriguing applications. They’ll talk about what it was like to holoport 16 people to the Space Station, prepare astronauts and engineers in NASA’s extreme undersea training lab, and reduce the side effects of long-term isolation. It’s an intriguing topic you don’t want to miss.