Massart Benjamin - Gaia
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Benjamin Massart discovered the Gaia mission in 2000 during a training period under the supervision of Albert Bijaoui at the Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur.
Since 2001, he has been involved in various ground segment developments of Earth observation & science programmes as an image processing engineer or team leader: Polder, Metop (IASI), Pleiades (LAI).
He joined the Gaia community in 2008 as the manager of the THALES Services team, in charge of the development of the CNES Data Processing Centre. Since 2009, within the EADS Astrium team in Toulouse, he's been responsible of the video processing algorithms (VPA) inside the on-board Video Processing Units (VPU). His tasks include the specification, the validation of the VPA and the calibration of its parameters.
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