David Milligan - Gaia
European Space Operations Centre
The Gaia Flight Control Team is led by Spacecraft Operations Manager (SOM) David Milligan, from the UK. He moved over to Gaia from ERS-2 after working as a systems engineer on Envisat and a propulsion and power specialist on SMART-1, which ended with a spectacular impact on the Moon on 3 September 2006. He joined Gaia as SOM in 2008 and is now responsible for preparation of the ground segment, the selection and training of the flight control team, and Gaia operations preparations.
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