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Rathsman awarded for SMART-1 project management

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Wed Nov 23, 2005 5:15 pm
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Press release; SSC’s Peter Rathman has been awarded “Project Manager of the Year 2005″ by a Swedish Academy for project management (Svenska ProjektAkademien). Mr Rathsman shares the prize with Staffan Sjöström, Scania.

Peter Rathsman is awarded for the successful management of the SMART-1 project, Europe’s first moon probe which was launched in September 2003 and entered lunar orbit in November 2004. SSC developed the probe on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA) and had the overall responsibility for project management. The Academy describes the project as “a European state-of-the-art project with an extremely tight budget, significant technical inventions and a very demanding customer”.

Peter Rathsman was both project manager and systems engineer in the SMART-1 project. The main objective of the project was to verify elecrical propulsion for spacecraft. This mission was successfully completed in September 2005. In addition, SMART-1 has a number of scientific missions, which are still in progress.

The SMART-1 project, which engaged 200 persons, of which 76 from SSC, and had 24 sub-contractors, made great demands on innovative technical solutions. Peter Rathsman himself made important technical achievements. He also had the ability to bring out individual team members to report directly to the customer, and he managed to develop an openness in the project. The customer, ESA, played a large role in the project, performing a comprehensive control process with demands on SSC to follow ESA’s very detailed quality system.

“Peter Rathsman made heroic, successful and valuable achievements as a project manager for SMART-1″, says SSC’s CEO Claes-Göran Borg. “Peter’s award also illustrates SSC’s ability to perform complex, cost-effective space projects, something that has already attracted a great deal of international attention.This award is yet another confirmation of the brilliant work performed by the whole project team.”

The awards will be presented at a ceremony on 8 December.

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