Kato Claeys


Kato has a background in architectural engineering and space studies. She has been a pilot for over 10 years. Her passion for aviation started as a glider pilot with the Belgian Air Cadets. During her master's degree in space studies, her focus shifted from aviation to space. Kato has been an analogue astronaut on several missions where she performed the roles of Vice-Commander and Commander. In early 2023, she began her role as Director of Operations for the HI-SEAS habitat. The Lunar-like lava field and analog space research are a very exciting and interesting work environment for her. Her hobbies include hiking, traveling, and all kinds of adventures.