This overview covers all the main activities of ESA. It is an introduction into the ESA space programmes and what we do at ESTEC, the technical centre of the European Space Agency.
What are the steps, principles and trade off’s behind the design of a satellite? Why concurrent design is the only way to realise ESA’s complex and multidisciplinary space missions.
3D printing for space
Explore how 3D printing is applied to space. Understand the logic for Moon and Mars missions. See and handle 3D printed tools, items made from plastics, titanium and even lunar soil simulant.
Robotics for Moon and Mars
Learn more about the most cutting edge experiments ESA does in preparation for robotic exploration for Moon and Mars. See a robot arm for the ISS and the ExoMars rover that looks for life on Mars.
ESA’s space plane
About ESA’s successful experimental atmospheric reentry mission. Design, systems, experiments, testing, mission profile, recovery, post-flight results and evolution to the Space Rider.
Take a 360 degree panoramic walk through Europe’s largest test facilities and see how spacecraft are tested under launch and space conditions. Plus video of satellite testing in action.
Astronaut food & nutrition
How and what do astronauts eat in space? Learn about the preparation of space food, menus, eating in space, impact on digestion, nutritional research and growing food in space.
Spin-off’s from space
About the industrial policy, IP and economic benefits of investing in space technology. With many examples of how ESA helps startups bring products to the market based on ESA space tech.
TOPICS COVERED Since ESA ESTEC is the technical centre, there are many different facilities and activities. All tours start with a presentation to have a better understanding of what ESA does. The contents and number of topics depends on the type of tour.
Here are some of the most interesting topics that can be covered during a tour, either in a presentation or as a laboratory or a facility.
EDUCATION TOUR For High school (STEM) students we’ve made a compact selection from all topics to expose them to the most fascinating highlights.
BASIC TOUR The presentation topic of this tour is “ESA Overview”. This covers all the activities of ESA as good a general introduction.
CUSTOM TOUR For this tour you can tailor the presentation. You choose and combine any of the topics that best match the specific interests of your group.
OVERVIEW TOPICS Click here for an overview of the TOPICS (pdf)
OVERVIEW TOURS Click here for an overview of the TOURS (pdf)