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Have you ever wondered what it was like to work in a satellite development project at the European Space Agency? Learn from the experts working in the Ariel satellite project team.

Fiona Walsh from ESA Human Resources moderates a panel with Jean-Christophe Salvignol, ESA’s Ariel Project Manager and a couple of his managers. They explain the incredible team effort required to bring this complex project from early inception, manufacturing of the satellite, accommodating its payloads and ensuring a successful launch to pave the way for exciting scientific discoveries. Ariel is one ESA’s science missions that will be launched in 2029 and will discover the composition of exoplanets by examining their atmospheres.

They explain how the project team is structured and a bit about the international collaboration involved. They also touch on the importance of building the right team and creating a great team spirit.

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