European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC)

Centre européen de recherche et de technologie spatiales

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1967, as European Space Technology Centre -- Centre européen de technologie spatiale, on the entry into force of convention establishing the European Space Research Organization (ESRO) -- Organisation européenne de recherches spatiales (OERS), and pursuant to a resolution adopted at the Conference of Plenipotentiaries, 14 Jun 1962, Paris (France), and amended by ESRO Council on 22 Oct 1964. Agreement for establishment of the Centre in the Netherlands signed 2 Feb 1967, The Hague (Netherlands), confirmed 1 Jul 1967, Paris. A new convention, signed 31 May 1975, setting up D-XD0868 - European Space Agency (ESA), resulted in the termination of the ESRO convention. ESTEC is therefore currently not an autonomous entity but the largest establishment of ESA.


Develop and manage all types of ESA missions; provide all managerial and technical competences and facilities needed to initiate and manage development of space systems and technologies; operate an environmental test centre for spacecraft, with supporting engineering laboratories specialized in systems engineering, components and materials; support European space industry.


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Reporting to Directors based at ESTEC:

'Directorate of Technical and Quality Management' Inspector General and 4 Departments: Mechanical Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Product Assurance and Safety; Systems, Software and Technology. 'Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Operations', containing E-XE1543 - European Astronaut Centre (EAC) and 4 Departments: Transportation and Human Exploration; ISS Programme; ISS Utilization; ATV Production. 'Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications', containing 3 departments: Integrated and Telecom Related Applications; Telecom Satellite Programmes; Telecommunication Technologies Product and System.

Reporting to Directors not based at ESTEC:

'Directorate of Operations and Infrastructure', containing ESTEC Informatics and Facilities Division and 2 departments: Ground Systems Engineering; Human Spaceflight Operations. 'Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration', containing 3 departments: Science Operations; Science and Robotic Explorations Projects; Research and Scientific Support. 'Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes', containing Earth Observation Projects Department. 'Directorate of Legal Affairs and External Relations', containing Education and Knowledge Management Office. 'Directorate of the Galileo Programme and Navigation Related Activities', containing Galileo Operations and Evolution Department.


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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure



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