European Space and Technology Centre (ESTEC)

Esa SatelliteGeneral introduction
The European Space Agency (ESA) and its 15 Member States work together to pursue a wide range of ambitious and exciting goals in space. Together, they create fascinating projects that would not be feasible for the individual Member States. These projects generate new scientific knowledge and new practical applications in space exploration, and contribute to a vigorous European aerospace industry.

ESA has sites in several European countries. The European Space and Technology Centre (ESTEC), the largest site and the technical heart of ESA - the incubator of the European space effort - is in Noordwijk, in the Netherlands. More than 2000 specialists work here on dozens of space projects. Except for launchers, nearly all ESA projects are managed from ESTEC. In Noordwijk, people work on science missions, on human spaceflight, telecommunication, satellite navigation, and Earth observation. ESTEC also houses a large pool of people with highly specialised technical knowledge, who are assigned to space projects when their expertise is needed for missions.

Number of staff
Approximately 2.300

Career opportunities

Who's who? 
Jean-Jacques Dordain - Director General

Contact information
European Space and Technology Centre
Keplerlaan 1
Postbus 299
2200 AG Noordwijk

Tel: +31-(0)71-5656565

Website: European Space and Technology Centre