1. ESA is a publicly funded international and intergovernmental organization composed of 22 Member States.
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom are all part of this huge agency.
2. ESA brings space to Europe to improve the daily life of its citizens.
The European Space Agency has been ensuring that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world: from jobs and economic growth, to public services, efficient communications and security.
3. ESA is the only multinational space agency in the world: a very successful story of cooperation in Europe.
By pooling resources, ESA is able to develop fascinating projects that would not be possible for individual countries. The Agency stimulates relations between European countries, expands the overall European scientific and industrial base and supports the outstanding scientific discoveries of the future.
4. ESA’s main strength is to have skilled and competent people collaborating from different European countries.
ESA collaborators have different backgrounds and experiences but they all work together to come up with new ideas. They bring the best out of this diversity, and ESA can proudly say that it employs bright minds and top space specialists.
5. ESA improves economic growth for European industry.
About 85% of ESA’s budget is spent on contracts on European industry partners. That means that the European Space Agency ensures that Member States get a fair return on their investment.
6. ESA is present in eight sites in Europe, and represents about 2300 staff.
→ ESA’s headquarters in Paris, France;
→ EAC, the European Astronauts Centre in Cologne, Germany;
→ ESAC, the European Space Astronomy Centre, in Villanueva de la Canada, Madrid, Spain;
→ ESOC, the European Space Operations Centre, in Darmstadt, Germany;
→ ESRIN, the ESA centre for Earth Observation, in Frascati, near Rome, Italy;
→ ESTEC, the European Space Research and Technology Centre, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands;
→ ECSAT, the European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications, in Harwell, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom;
→ ESA Redu Centre, in Belgium.