European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) of the European Space Agency, Noordwijk

Research & Applications

European Space Missions, ESTEC Radiation Applications

Passport or for Dutch citizens a valid driver license

Bus leaves 09.30 hrs and returns approx. 17.30 hrs

Nota Bene:
There is no option to attend Wednesday morning refresher courses

Offered by ESA/ESTEC

Schematic program:

  • Reception/Security Coffee/Tea
  • Introduction ESA/ESTEC and radiation aspects at ESTEC
  • Subdivision of visitor group: guided tour to three distinct ESTEC locations
  • Coffee/Tea pause
  • No Refresher Courses


ESTEC is ESA’s technical heart – the incubator of the Europeanspace effort – where most ESA projects are born and where they are guided through the various phases of development. Developing and managing all types of ESA missions: science, exploration, telecommunications, human spaceflight, satellite navigation and Earthobservation.

At ESTEC, staff are simultaneously working on the defining of future missions, technology development, space projects under development and spacecraft that are in operation.

Many things are incorporated into the design of spacecraft, making trade-offs between the latest technologies available, mission requirements, systems engineering and launcher capacities. Lessons from past experience are also some of the main design ‘drivers’.

ESTEC operates an environmental test centre for spacecraft, with supporting engineering laboratories specialised in systems engineering, components and materials, and working within a network of other facilities and laboratories. ESA supports Europeanspace industry and works closely with other organisations, such as universities, research institutes and national agencies from ESA Member States, and cooperates with space agencies all over the world.