Kolmas Jan - Gaia
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Since August 2016, Jan Kolmas is a Young Graduate Trainee on the Gaia flight control team at ESOC, where he analyses the performance of Gaia's Attitude and Orbit Control System (AOCS).
Jan comes from Prague, Czech Republic. After high school, he continued his studies in the United States, earning a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering at Yale University and a Master's degree in Aeronautics & Astronautics at Stanford University. At Yale and Stanford, Jan worked on various aerospace projects, from sounding rockets and balloons, through mission design research to CubeSat development for the European QB50 project.
In his free time, Jan likes to play sports, especially swimming, volleyball and triathlon, and he has his sights set on the 2017 Ironman race in Frankfurt.
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