Christian Lebranchu graduated in mechanical design in 1980 and obtained an engineering degree in 1991. He joined Matra-Espace (now Astrium) in 1982 and worked in mechanical engineering and procurement for several projects including Hipparcos, SOHO, MetOp, and Mars-Express. He then became mechanical/thermal/propulsion architecture department head for Science and Earth observation missions at Astrium Satellites in Toulouse.
Christian took part in the Gaia implementation phase proposal, and since then is responsible for the mechanical package and launcher interface coordination as assistant project manager in the Gaia industrial team.
In his free time, Christian breeds dogs, maintains his old farm, and enjoys trekking, photography, and astronomy.
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