Bianca Hoersch

Sentinel-2 Mission Manager, European Space Agency (ESA)

Bianca Hoersch is a Sentinel-2 Mission Manager at the European Space Agency’s (ESA) ESRIN Earth Observation Centre in Frascati, Italy. In this position, she has been responsible for ensuring access to Earth observation data from a wide range of partners around the globe for the user communities in Europe. Pursuing this ambition requires close links to international partner agencies, such as NASA, JAXA, ISRO, and KARI, as well as commercial data providers, European governments and user organizations. In 2013, Proba-V, a heritage ESA D/TEC technology mission with an Earth observation instrument on board, was ‘adopted’ into ESA’s Earth observation program, and she was appointed the Mission Manager. In previous occupations, she managed Earth observation projects for theDeutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) German Aerospace Center in Cologne, Germany. Ms. Hoersch received a PhD in natural sciences from the University of Bonn, Germany. Her thesis with specialization on land-related multispectral Earth observation, geo-informatics and digital-elevation-models was supported by DLR and the European Union through an Erasmus Fellowship.