Passot Xavier - Gaia
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CNES, Centres National d'Etudes Spatiales
Xavier Passot is a computer scientist engineer by training (1976). He joined the CNES (French Space Agency) in 1983. He has been in charge of several satellite monitoring and control subsystems (on board and on ground) and has been responsible for the development of the VEGETATION image processing centre (VEGETATION is a wide field earth observation instrument on board SPOT4 and SPOT5).
In February 2007, Xavier joined Gaia as manager of the team in charge of the CNES Data Processing Centre. When he is not working for Gaia, he enjoys photography, rowing, gardening, and even astronomy in the modest CNES amateur astronomers club.
Xavier left Gaia in mid-2011 and he was replaced by Veronique Valette.
[Published: 27/08/2007 | Updated: 4/07/2011]
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