In March 2016, the Association of the European Space Research Establishments — ESRE — was formally established as an International Non-Profit Organisation. Founded by five European Member States, ESRE associates have grown significantly in the past two years with the aim of further growth in the future. Members consist of space research centers in Poland (CBK), Italy (CIRA), Germany (DLR), Romania (INCAS), Spain (INTA), Netherlands (NLR), France (ONERA) and the Czech Republic (VZLU). Through ESRE, these research centers will strengthen their cooperation and propose common Research and Development (R&D) actions to advance science and technology both to support the competitiveness of the European space sector and address grand societal challenges.

ESRE research areas cover:

  • Collaborative Small Satellite Constellations
  • Future Launching Systems
  • Cost-efficient Satellite Subsystem Technologies
  • Satellite-based Greenhouse Gases Monitoring
  • Environment Monitoring at Local Scale

The ESRE Association is managed by a Board composed by representatives of each ESRE members, appointed by the General Assembly. The Board, which changes every two years, appoints a Chair and Vice Chair. The current Chair position is held by Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Bruno Sainjon, Chairman of the Board of Administrators of ONERA, currently holds the position as Vice Chair. ESRE has two Steering Committees, the Strategic Executive Committee (SEC) and the Technical Advisory Body (TAB). The SEC deals with ESRE’s strategic and policy oriented activities and works in coordination with the TAB that advises ESRE on all technical matters related to space research and technology. Both, the SEC and the TAB serve as facilitators between ESRE and further European institutions.