Olivier Witasse

Planetary Scientist


Main Research Fields

Ionospheric physics


  • Study of planetary upper atmospheres (Venus, Earth, Mars, Titan)
    • Focus on: ionosphere, airglow and aurorae
  • Modelling, data analysis
  • Study of the martian moons: solar wind interactions, origin(s)

Ongoing collaborations

  • Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie (Toulouse, France)
  • Observatoire Royal de Belgique (Bruxelles, Belgium)
  • University of Leicester (UK)
  • LATMOS Laboratory (Paris, France)



Project/mission at ESA

Past projects:

  • Huygens
  • Venus Express
  • Chandrayaan-1
  • Mars Express
  • ExoMars 2016

Current project:

  • JUICE (since January 2015)