Jansen Fred - Gaia
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European Space Agency
Fred Jansen was ESA's project scientist for Gaia from March to December 2006. He was Gaia Mission Manager from March 2015 until September 2020.
Fred joined the European Space Agency in 1995 as calibration scientist for XMM-Newton. In 1997 he was appointed project scientist for this mission, and in this role he saw the mission through the launch and early operations years until end-2004. Following the in-orbit commissioning, in early 2000 he was also appointed mission manager for the now highly successful observatory, a position he held until his appointment as interim Gaia project scientist from March to end-December 2006.
He returned as XMM-Newton mission manager from early-2013 until May 2017. Fred also was Mars Express mission manager from 2004 to mid-2013, Venus Express mission manager from 2007 to mid-2013 and Rosetta mission manager from mid-2013 to end-Feb 2015 when he became Gaia mission manager.
Fred's background is in astrophysics (Ph.D. in 1988) and the development of both CCD-based and superconducting X-ray detectors. Before he joined ESA he was technical consultant on ESA's development contract with EEV for the development of the CCD's for the RGS instrument on XMM-Newton.
[Published: 03/04/2006; Last update: 18/11/2020]
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