Dr Haigneré French medical doctor, politician, and former astronaut with the Centre National d'Études Spatiales and the European Space Agency. She is the first French female astronaut, visiting the MIR station (1993), and the first European woman to visit the International Space Station (2001). She participated in the work of the Hermes Spaceplane Cockpit Working Group – HSCWG, which was co-managed by Dr Kass, under ESA (Toulouse office) leadership.
Claudie also served on a Task Force, launched by ESA’s Director General, Jean-Jacques Dordain, for setting up ESA’s first Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) programme. Dr Kass also served on this task force, whose work resulted in the successfully launched IAP programme, now part of a new directorate Telecommunications & Integrated Applications at ESA.