Astronauts are ambassadors of ESA and of their own country, more specifically, of ESA’s human spaceflight activities. Every country bringing its support to EAC activities wishes moreover to preserve an active role in the field of the communication involving astronauts who represent the most remarkable aspect of the commitment of their country in the field of human spaceflight. Therefore, astronauts have to support public appearances as part of ESA’s goal to disseminate information, strategies and visions of the Human Spaceflight Programme. Each time an astronaut appears in public, he/she gives a face to the programme and provides the “human touch”, necessary to convey ESA’s messages efficiently.
The amount of request for public appearances for a specific astronaut depends on the Agencies activities and priorities, as well as on the professional activity of the astronaut. This amount is therefore variable and not entirely predictable. The nature of the activity of Communication and Public Relation also requires a high level of reactivity and flexibility in order to take the relevant opportunities.
Defining an opportunity as relevant often takes the advice of several parties, fitting this appearance into the calendar of an astronaut requires additional planning and the briefing of the participant astronaut also needs to happen prior to the event itself. From the first contact to the post event processing, a link needs to be maintained with the requestor or client of the appearance.
These imperatives require close co-ordination between all parties involved. Past experience has shown that high demands are placed on the processing of requests in order for it to be managed in an efficient and goal-oriented fashion.
The goals of this project were to define, implement and maintain PAROS v2.0. PAROS v2.0 is the next evolution of the existing PAROS system towards the new IT paradigms, technologies and ESA needs.
PAROS v2.0 is based in Virtual Angle BV‘s Virtual Office framework.
The European Astronaut Centre located in Cologne, Germany, is home to the European Astronaut Corps. It defines, prepares and implements astronaut training programmes for a variety of missions, including activities for the International Space Station. The Centre coordinates cooperation on astronaut training between ESA and its international partners. It is responsible for the preparation, planning and scheduling of European astronaut tasks and flight assignments and coordinates astronaut activities with other countries.
For further information please, visit ESA EAC
The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.
For further information please, visit ESA – http://www.esa.int
About Virtual Angle BV
Virtual Angle BV is a global provider of integrated systems in the areas of Information Technologies, Security, Design, Communication and Branding. Virtual Angle BV has offices in Noordwijk (The Netherlands), and since its creation, in 2004, Virtual Angle BV is committed to offer competent, professional expertise and teamwork providing excellent services and products with efficiency, integrity and cost-effectiveness. By doing so, the company has worked with some of the most prestigious organizations at the international level, such as the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Commission among several other relevant organizations.
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About Virtual Office
The Virtual Angle BV‘s Virtual Office framework is an integrated Web-based application that provides users with the ability to access their applications and share information with the flexibility and accessibility of the Web. Using Web browsers, users can securely access applications from any location at any time.
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