the barcelona team
The experience of our group at the Universitat de Barcelona (IEEC – ICCUB) in the space sector dates from Hipparcos satellite (1989 – 1993) and has contributed from its very beginning to the concept of the Gaia mission and its design. Our team is providing important contributions to simulations, core and photometric processing and in the preparation of the data archive of the mission. It comprises 30 people between scientists and engineers, from developing big data management software to scientific testing and validation, and preparing for the scientific exploitation of the data of the mission . The Barcelona Data Processing Center also led by our team coordinates the running of the heaviest part of the operational data reduction system at the Marenostrum (Barcelona Supercomputing Center BSC-CNS) and CSUC
Eduard Masana works at the Universitat de Barcelona, Spain. His activity in Gaia is devoted to developing the Gaia System Simulator (GASS), which simulates the telemetry stream generated by the on-board instruments. This telemetry is used, among other things, to check the Global Iterative Solution (GIS) performances or to test compression algorithms. This work is closely related to the Gaia Data Access and Analysis Study (GDAAS), where GIS is being implemented.
Eduard is a core member of the Simulations Working Group. As an astronomer, he works also in the determination of the stellar parameters of dwarf stars.