European Space Agency
Fred Jansen was ESA's project scientist for Gaia from March to December 2006. He is now the Gaia Mission Manager.
Fred joined the European Space Agency in 1995 as calibration scientist for XMM-Newton. In 1997 he was appointed project scientist for this mission, and in this role he saw the mission through the launch and early operations phases. Following the in-orbit commissioning, in early 2000 he was also appointed mission manager for the now highly successful observatory, a position he held until his appointment as interim Gaia project scientist in March 2006. In 2004 Fred also took on the role of mission manager for Mars Express, and stepped down as project scientist on XMM-Newton.
Fred's background is in astrophysics (Ph.D. in 1988) and the development of both CCD-based and superconducting X-ray detectors. Before he joined ESA he was technical consultant on ESA's development contract with EEV for the development of the CCD's for the RGS instrument on XMM-Newton.
[Published: 03/04/2006; Updated: 03/02/2015]
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