Milligan David - 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
The Gaia Flight Control Team is led by Spacecraft Operations Manager (SOM) David Milligan, from the UK. He moved over to Gaia from ERS-2 after working as a systems engineer on Envisat and a propulsion and power specialist on SMART-1, which ended with a spectacular impact on the Moon on 3 September 2006. He joined Gaia as SOM in 2008 and is now responsible for preparation of the ground segment, the selection and training of the flight control team, and Gaia operations preparations.
David left Gaia end of 2020.
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