European Space Agency
As the current Gaia System & Mission Operations Manager, Robert Furnell is responsible for Gaia system engineering and mission operations. He continues to manage Gaia on-board software and the service module procurement.
Robert joined the European Space Agency in 1998 following some years in Astrium UK working in radar electronics and simulation. Initially, as a contractor in ESOC, being part of the demanding ENVISAT spacecraft LEOP & operations control team, responsible for data handling & Software maintenance. He later became ESA staff and continued to support many missions at ESOC as system engineer & data handling/Software expert. Robert also contributed to ECSS standardisation, OBSW Maintenance & Simulator developments and other operations procurements during his time in Darmstadt (Germany).
In 2006 Robert moved to ESTEC (Netherlands) to take up a position in the Gaia Project Team as Electrical & SW engineer. He quickly moved to become Section Head as Electrical Engineering & Software Procurement Manager in 2008.
He has been the Gaia Service Module & Software Manager from summer 2010 to autumn 2012.
[Published: 14/07/2011 | Updated: 11/10/2012]
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