Informal EU-ESA Space Council, Brussels, 30 November 2015

How do we in Europe work together on space?

On 30 November 2015 an EU-ESA informal Space Council took place in Brussels. On the agenda were three topics: the evolution of the Space Council, the institutional launcher market and promotion of the use of space systems...

A world without borders.

Shock, dismay and a terrible sadness

I had originally intended to spend this weekend writing a blog post describing events involving ESA over the last few weeks in which I would have communicated my personal judgements, points of satisfaction and concerns. But now...

IAC 2015 Plenary 1: Heads of Space Agencies

Some impressions of IAC 2015 in Jerusalem

The 66th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) took place last week in Jerusalem. Already before travelling to Israel the question of security was raised. As the conflict in Israel and especially in Jerusalem developed, my responsibility as DG...

SA astronaut Andreas Mogensen and Jan Woerner, ESA Director General, walking to the launch pad, in Baikonour, Kazakhstan, on 2 September 2015. Image credit: ESA, S. Corvaja

My first 100 days

It is a well-known custom to assess after the first 100 days in a new position what has been achieved, and what still needs to be done. In keeping with this custom, I would like to present...

4 weeks, many impressions and 1 hot topic

My first four weeks at ESA were filled with a great many differing impressions. For me, the most important aspects were the meetings with staff and contractors at the various ESA sites: after presenting my general ideas...

Springtime in Europe

My first day at ESA

The headline sounds a little bit like “My first day at school”, and in fact it is similar: My new role as Director General of the European Space Agency demands a lot of learning. Learning should lead...

Welcome

Jan Wörner took up duty as ESA Director General on 1 July 2015. He started blogging in January 2010 as chairperson of DLR/The German Aerospace Center and continues to do so in his new role.