European Space Agency
As Gaia Project Manager, Rudolf ("Rudi") Schmidt leads the project team responsible for the technical development and implementation of the Gaia satellite and payload. Rudi joined ESA as a staff scientist in Plasma Physics in 1982, becoming study scientist and later project scientist for the Cluster mission. In 1997 he was appointed project manager for ESA's Mars Express mission, a position he held until his appointment to the Gaia project in July 2004.
Read the ESA interview with Rudi.
Gaia people archive