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Didier Radola

Head of ORION ESM Programme


Didier Radola is Head of the Orion-European Service Module programme at Airbus, the European Space Agency contribution to NASA’s Artemis missions which will return humans to the Moon. He was appointed on 1st August 2020. He was additionally appointed Head of Moon programmes on 1st October 2020.

Prior to that Didier was Airbus programme manager for the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) spacecraft, the first large mission under the European Space Agency’s Cosmic Vision programme, between 2017 and 2020.

Over the preceding decade, Didier was responsible for a number of key export programmes on behalf of Airbus Space Systems.

He joined Airbus in 1990 and held a number of systems engineering positions, including head of satellite operations engineering, through to 2001.

Born in 1963, Didier obtained a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the French Institute for Applied Sciences (INSA) in 1986 and an Aerospace Engineering Degree from the Paris Aerospace Engineering School (ESTA) in 1987.


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