Verstaen Sam - 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
Born a Belgian, that's where Sam Verstaen studied and graduated in 1999 as an electronics engineer. He got his first experiences in the space industry soon after, working mainly on the Colombus programme and science instruments for manned space flight. Then it was a logical step to apply for a job in the ESA science department in 2009.
Currently, Sam is working on Gaia as the electronics and software system engineer, following up the design, manufacturing, and quality of the various electronical units on the spacecraft. Although his main focus is the service module, he is also giving support to the payload. The job also involves the system aspect, making sure that all the units work together well and that the necessary performance is ensured for Gaia to deliver its science.
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