Coral Team— Carlos Gonzalez-Rivera

I wanted to be a relevant part of the constant evolution of the aerospace community.

Suzi Bianco
Nov 23, 2018 · 5 min read
South Park’s Cartman is Carlos Gonzalez-Rivera’s avatar in Space Decentral and social media

Space Decentral is currently developing the Coral Program, a long-term project with the goal of developing the technology necessary for 3D printing habitats on the lunar surface, using in-situ resources.

Continuing our series of interviews with the Coral team, I want to introduce Carlos Gonzalez-Rivera, a Navy-trained aerospace engineer. Good humored and with a strong sense of pragmatic initiative, Carlos always has something of value to add to our discussions. Read on to find out a bit more about him.

Tell us a bit about your background and how space became part of your life.

La Robleda, a beautiful oak forest in Cayey. Image courtesy:

In a sense, my life solely revolved around the military. As a child, I always wanted to be a helicopter pilot, but it wasn’t until my 1st year in Uni that I got into aerospace. I met a bunch of Navy recruiters who talked about flying for the Navy and, one step after the other, I learned about the different accomplishments NASA’s had and the combat pilots’ contributions on their transitions from the Navy and Marine Corps to the Astronaut Selection Program. So you can say I was nurtured into it.

How did you find out about Space Decentral and the Coral program, and what made you want to participate?

And what do you imagine when you think of the future of Coral?

What do you think of the collaborative approach of Coral?

Did you have any experience with projects conducted this way before? Can you tell us a little about it, or how this differs from what you’re used to doing?

What are the major obstacles of this project, in your opinion? Are these challenges related to the team dynamics or to technical difficulties?

And what is your part in this project?

Artistic concept of the future of Coral . By Space Decentral

Carlos: Overall I have a more organizational involvement due to my structured “military personality.” If leadership becomes a problem, I have the background to help the current leadership to get back on track. On the more technical side, currently, I’m dealing with additive manufacturing, the specs, aerospace applicability, and financial feasibility. Eventually, I hope to get my hands on the blockchain software.

What excites and inspires you most about being a part of Coral?

What would you tell people about Coral to get them to join the team?

This interview series is an ongoing effort to introduce members of Space Decentral to the greater community, and periodically we will release a new and unique story. To find out more about Space Decentral, please read other articles in this Space Decentral blog.

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