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Meet the team behind iriss: Columbus Flight Director

11 Sep 2015, 22:58 UTC
Meet the team behind iriss: Columbus Flight Director
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Columbus Flight Director. Credits: ESA–J. Harrod CC BY SA IGO 3.0
Many people support a mission in space. We invite you to meet the teams that are keeping Andreas Mogensen and the International Space Station safe and running experiments, in their own words:
What is your team name?
COL-FD
What does your team name stand for?
Columbus Flight Director
Katja and Sergio: Flight Directors. Credits: ESA–J. Harrod CC BY SA IGO 3.0
What do you do?
We have the overall authority and responsibility of Columbus systems and experiments operations, its safety and anomaly troubleshooting.
What does your work typical day look like?
Performing science in a space laboratory like Columbus involves operators at the Columbus Control Centre in Munich, at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne and in several other control centres spread all over Europe, where the specialists for the various experiments are.
Our job is to coordinate all these highly skilled engineers and scientists so that they can work together in an organized way and this results in smooth and successful operations.
How is working for iriss?
It's extremely challenging and exciting at the same time. The iriss mission is the first time ever we have astronauts doing ...

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