Several dedicated teams are involved in ESA's Gaia mission. ESA, with the support of its prime contractor, Airbus DS, has designed, built and tested the satellite and its payload. The Agency also launched Gaia and operates the spacecraft. Scientists from ESA Member States have developed software for the acquisition and analysis of data, and will produce the final catalogue. The resulting mission data will be made available to the scientific community.
Find out more about the various people and teams involved in the mission:
Gaia Science Team (GST): advisory body, representing the scientific community
DPAC Executive body (DPACE): body overseeing DPAC activities in consultation with Coordination Unit and Data Processing Centre leaders
DPAC: Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium
ESA: including Project Manager, Project Team and Project Scientist
Project Office: responsible for the day-to-day management of the overall DPAC development and operations activities
Industry: supporting the technical preparations required for the mission. Responsible for construction, testing and delivery of the Gaia satellite to ESA