Kowalczyk Arek - 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.
Gaia DPAC members who wish to be featured on these pages can contact the Gaia Helpdesk.
European Space Operations Centre (ESOC)
I work at ESOC and my background is in software engineering. My first and still primary role since joining ESA is as a Data Systems Manager for the Gaia Mission Control System. This means that I am responsible for the specification, procurement, validation and future maintenance of the software which will be used at ESOC to monitor and control the Gaia spacecraft.
At this point in time, my job is to ensure that the software developers working on the MCS implement the correct solution and in a timely manner. My day-to-day tasks on Gaia are quite widespread but ultimately as a software engineer I am the technical liaison between the Flight Control Team (who will be the ultimate users of the MCS and whose main domain of expertise is spacecraft operations) and the development team whose task is to write and test the software.
As the project progresses my focus will be on ensuring that the installed system is correctly running and configured for the different simulations and test scenarios which will be run prior to launch and that critical problems are solved as necessary. During LEOP and the commissioning phase my task will be to ensure the smooth running of the Gaia MCS, which will be a rather complicated beast, made up of many different subsystems distributed over a number of machines.
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