Flowers Alan - Gaia
Gaia was proposed in 1993 and since then, many people have been involved in the Gaia mission, whether at ESA, at industry side or at one of the institutes involved in the Gaia data processing. The Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (DPAC) is a collaboration which consists of around 450 scientists and engineers.
The list of Gaia contributors presented here should not be considered a complete representation of the entire consortium. A more complete list of Gaia contributors that were involved in the creation of the Gaia catalogues can be obtained from the author lists of the Gaia Collaboration papers (for Gaia Data Release 1 see here, for Gaia Data Release 2 see here, for Gaia Early Data Release 3 see here). A history of contributions to the Gaia mission can be found from the acknowledgements given with each data release.
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European Space Operations Centre
For the majority of his professional career Alan has worked as a Spacecraft Controller for the European Space Agency. He started working for ESA in 1985 as a Spacecraft Controller for EXOSAT, the predecessor of XMM-NEWTON. Later he joined the Launch and Early Orbit Phase team for the launches of the METEOSAT P2 & F3 satellites.
In 1989 Alan changed again to work as Spacecraft Controller for the HIPPARCOS mission (Gaia's predecessor) for three years. Since then he has had the pleasure to work for other ESA Astronomy missions such as ISO, XMM-NEWTON and INTEGRAL.
Alan has been working as a part of the Gaia Flight Control Team since June 2013.
His personal interests include swimming, hiking and restoring classic motorcycles.
Alan left Gaia DPAC in 2018.
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