Schmidt Rudolf - 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 and should not be considered as a list of currenly active people on the Gaia mission. 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 overview papers (for Gaia Data Release 1 see here, for Gaia Data Release 2 see here, for Gaia Early Data Release 3 see here, for the full Gaia Data Release 3 see here, for Gaia Focused Product Release 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 Agency
As Gaia Project Manager, Rudolf ("Rudi") Schmidt leads the project team responsible for the technical development and implementation of the Gaia satellite and payload. Rudi joined ESA as a staff scientist in Plasma Physics in 1982, becoming study scientist and later project scientist for the Cluster mission. In 1997 he was appointed project manager for ESA's Mars Express mission, a position he held until his appointment to the Gaia project in July 2004.
Read the ESA interview with Rudi.
Gaia people archive