Neil Cheek - Gaia
European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC)
Neil Cheek recently joined the Gaia Science Operations Centre Team at ESAC in the role of Science Operations Engineer, where amongst other tasks he will assist with the definition of the SOC operations processes and procedures, including the execution of readiness tests and simulation campaigns.
Neil has been working in an ESA operations environment for more that 16 years, at ESOC in Germany and ESAC in Spain for ISO (Infrared Observatory Mission) as part of the MOC Flight Control Team, and repeating the experience for XMM-Newton (X-ray Observatory Mission) but this time as part of the SOC Team. He also spent 3 years working with the Science Archives Team on the maintenance and development of the astronomy and planetary mission archives that are hosted at ESAC.
In his spare time he enjoys Photography and is also the president of the ESAC Photoclub, on a more sporty note he also plays Padel, a popular Spanish raquet sport.
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