European Space Agency (Belgium is an ESA member)


  1. What is ESA?

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe's gateway to space, with a mission to shape the development of Europe's space capability and ensure that investmes in space continue to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

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The European Space Agency, ESA, aims to develop and promote the peaceful use of space technology and space research.

It is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to the exploration of space, with 22 member states.

ESA coordinates the Member States' financial and intellectual resources in space research and technology and makes it possible to implement programs and activities on a scale that no European country would be able to stand for alone.

The space flight program includes human spaceflight, the launch and operation of unmanned exploration missions to other planets and the Moon, and maintaining the Guiana Space Centre at Kourou, in French Guiana.

There are around 2200 staff working for ESA, from all the Member States, and this includes scientists, engineers, information technology specialists and administrative personnel.

ESA's headquarters are located in Paris, where policies and programs are decided upon. ESA also has sites in a number of European countries, each of which has different responsibilities:

  • 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, Noordwijk, the Netherlands.
  • ECSAT, the European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications, Harwell, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom.
  • ESA Redu Centre, Belgium.

ESA also has liaison offices in Belgium, USA and Russia, a launch base in French Guiana and ground/tracking stations in various parts of the world.

The EU ESA liaison office is located in Brussels.

European Space Agency (ESA)
Brussels Office
Avenue de Cortenbergh 52
1000 Bruxelles
Tel: +32 2 743 3070

Belgium also hosts the centre of Redu for training and cybersecurity

The ESA currently has 22 member countries:
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.

Slovenia is an Associate Member. Canada takes part in some projects under a cooperation agreement.

Other institutional partners are also contributing, such as the European Union and EUMETSAT (European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites).

  1. Belgium in ESA

  1. Belgian Top Technology in ESA

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  1. ESA contacts for industry

contact for ESA in Belgium

Name: Julien Béclard
Attaché, Space Research & Applications
Haute Représentation belge pour la politique spatiale (BELSPO) 

Phone: +32 (0)2 238 36 39

Address: Avenue Louise 231 
B-1050 Bruxelles

  1. Procurement info for industry

Registration via ESA-star

Call For Tender info

Belgian companies in space industry

  1. Belgian companies

Wallonie Espace



Application of satellite data