European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC)
After graduating from the University of Salamanca, Jose Hernandez began working in space science in 1991 when he joined ESTEC as a Spanish Trainee to work on the development of a computer simulator of the Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) satellite to validate the AOCS. After that he was involved in the development of the ISO camera uplink software. In 1995 he moved with the Science Operations Centre team back to Spain to support the Satellite Operations. When the satellite lifetime was reached, he started working on the development of the Science Data Archive. In subsequent years he contributed to the development of the science data archives for other ESA missions, such as XMM-Newton, Integral, Mars Express.
Jose joined the Gaia ESAC team in October 2005 and initially worked primarily on the calibration aspects of the AGIS. His current areas of responsibility are the definition and development of the Gaia Main Database, associated tools and data management aspects.
Jose is interested in space science, applied mathematics and using computers to help solve scientific problems. When he is far from the keyboard, he enjoys walking and looking for biological bugs with his son in the parks outside Madrid, traveling, sports, and reading Sci-Fi or science related books.
[Photo: David & Jose Hernandez]
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