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Mission Team

Principal Investigator for FGM


Chris Carr
Space Physics and Atmospheric Group, Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: British

Chris Carr is a Senior Research Lecturer in the Space and Atmospheric Physics Group at Imperial College London. He is the head of the group's Space Magnetometer Laboratory.

Chris joined Imperial College in 1990 to work on the development of the Cluster Fluxgate Magnetometer (FGM) instrument under the direction of Andre Balogh, the first Principal Investigator (PI) for FGM. After the unsuccessful launch attempt in 1996, Chris became the Technical Manager for FGM for the re-design and rebuild of the instruments which culminated in the second, highly successful launch in 2000. Following Andre Balogh and Elizabeth Lucek (both active Co-investigators), Chris is now the third PI for the FGM instruments. He was also the PI for the Double Star magnetometer instrument; he is a PI within the Plasma Consortium on the Rosetta mission and is deputy-PI for the magnetometer on the BepiColombo Mercury Planetary Orbiter.

Chris teaches physics at Imperial and gives a lecture course on instrumentation to undergraduate and postgraduate students. When not working, Chris enjoys outdoor activities and is currently walking (in stages!) the 250-mile (400 km) Cornish coastal path in the south-west of England. He is married and lives in London.


Last Update: 28 February 2014

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