Nicolas Bobrinsky on Innovation and Risk Management | ESA Masterclass


Innovation is triggered by many drivers. One of these is the constant need for ESA to develop innovative solutions,such asuniquespacecrafttechnologies.

In this first video, Nicolas recalls how he and his team had to think outside the box to find a solution for ESA to communicate with Ulysses. Thespacecraft was flyingaround the north pole of the Sun,which ismuch fartherin deep spacethan satellites had beenlaunched up to that point.

The success of this solution motivated the decision to build ESA’sfirst deep-space communications antennas in New Norcia, in Australia, thus enabling many ESA scientific firstsin deep-space exploration.

The antennas would, some decades after, be critically important receivers forthe messages sent by the very distant Rosetta probe, on its quest to find and land on the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, and other ESA science and exploration missions such as Mars Express, Venus Expressand Cassini-Huygens.

With 35 yearsof experience at ESA, Nicolas Bobrinsky is the former Head of Ground Systems Engineering & Innovation Department. He initiated and further managed the Space Situational Awareness and later the ESA Space Safety Programme.

In four episodes of this new series of ESA Masterclass, Nicolas takes us through major events in his career at ESA, covering cornerstone missions, first attempts, overcoming technical challenges, leading diverse teamsand solving the unexpected problems that are part of any space endeavour.

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