Join us on Thursday 17th December for Uplink 33 with ESA Former Head of Mission Operations, Paolo Ferri and Spacecraft Operations Engineer, Armelle Hubault. A true masterclass, we’ll be discussing how we can apply mission control learning to our everyday lives. We’ll be live from 7pm (GMT) / 8pm (CET) here (don’t forget to subscribe).



Through almost four decades at the forefront of Europe’s voyages in space, Paolo Ferri went from Operations Engineer on the Eureca mission to Operations Manager of the four-spacecraft Cluster mission and then the Rosetta mission, followed by serving as Flight Director on Rosetta, Venus Express and Goce. His career has been capped off by eight years as Head of Mission Operations for the Agency, overseeing all of ESA’s robotic mission operations. With 36 years’ of experience at ESA, Paolo Ferri is responsible for mission operations, and he has played a leading role in ensuring the success of missions like Eureca, ESA’s first-ever reusable satellite; Cluster, one of the longest-flying science missions; Venus Express, Europe’s first exploration of Earth’s ‘evil twin’; and Rosetta, humanity’s first landing on a comet.



Regular Uplink viewers will recognise Armelle Hubault from episode 15: How To Fly a Spacecraft. Currently working as Spacecraft Operations Engineer for ESA’s Operations Engineering division, Armelle flew the famous Rosetta comet lander, joining the flight control team in 2003 before launch and working on the mission until 2016. Armelle is now part of the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) team, a joint mission between ESA and Roscosmos. The ExoMars TGO mission goal is to gain a better understanding of the Martian atmosphere which could help reveal evidence of biological life. The mission will be followed up by the ExoMars Rosalind Franklin rover in 2021, with the TGO operating as the communication link for the ExoMars lander and rover, as well as providing communication for other Mars surface probes with Earth.



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