Victor Luo

General Manager Operations Labs, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, USA
His VR and AR applications are key to the success of the Mars Mission


Victor Luo is the epitome of next generation’s pinnacle of leaders – combining creativity, technical expertise with a vision that reaches beyond our current limits.

Victor found his calling at NASA Jet Propulsion Labs as the lead for human -computer interaction and virtual learning and discovery about Mars with pre-market augmented and virtual reality technologies. With his expertise about exploration of the red planet, Victor also advises X – the  moonshot factory – Google’s sister company for the most out-of this-world projects.

Hear him speak at WORLDWEBFORUM 2020 about the mission of building a future technology roadmap that brings the future to our fingertips with digital reality.

About NASA

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA was established in 1958.

NASA‘s Vision is “We reach for new heights and reveal the unknown for the benefit of humankind”.

True to it’s vision, NASA has accomplished some truly amazing feats since its inception in 1958 — from beating the Soviet Union in the race to put astronauts on the moon, to exploring the surface of Mars with unmanned robotic vehicles. Between 1962 and 1073, NASA’s Apollo program was designed to land humans on the Moon and bring them safely back to Earth. Six of the missions (Apollos 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17) achieved this goal.

NASA has invented all sorts of technology to solve the peculiar problems of space exploration. In the 1950s and early 1960s, it created the revolutionary three-axis stabilization control design that enables satellites to point their antennas, instruments and solar panels with precision. Since then, it’s been such a prolific problem solver that about one in every 1,000 U.S. patents is granted to someone working on a NASA project.

NASA’s ongoing investigations include in-depth surveys of Mars and Saturn and studies of the Earth and the Sun.   On the horizon of NASA’s plans is the MAVEN spacecraft as part of the Mars Scout Program to study the atmosphere of Mars.

In 2017, President Donald Trump directed NASA to send Humans to Mars by the year 2033. Foci in general for NASA were noted as human space exploration, space science, and technology. The Europa Clipper and Mars 2020 continue to be supported for their planned schedules.

Victor Luo is Operations Manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a unique national research facility that carries out robotic space and Earth science missions.

About The Operations Lab

The Operations Lab at NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) creates the software that is used to command all JPL spacecraft, including the Curiosity rover that has been sending exploration data from Mars since it’s breakthrough landing in 2012.

The Human Interfaces (HI) group researches, designs, prototypes and develops the ways users interact with the software, ranging from desktop to AR and VR systems.



As lead for the Operations Laboratory at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Victor is developing highly innovative and effective space mission operations products with an emphasis on human-computer interactions and natural user interfaces.

He produced the first application on the Microsoft HoloLens platform for Mars rover operations, astronaut assistance on the International Space Station, and spacecraft mechanical design.

The Mars rover operations tool received the NASA Software of the Year Award in 2018.

Through key relationships with industry, Victor is applying pre-market technologies, influencing future technology roadmaps, and establishing a leadership position for NASA in the application of virtual and augmented technology for space.

He is also extending these strategic partnerships in other technical domains on behalf of JPL and as an advisor for Alphabet owned X – the moonshot factory.