The Esa Experience

  • R. M. Bonnet
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 296)


The science program is the only obligatory program of the European Space Agency. It frames and provides the finances for the development, launch and operations of scientific satellites. With only one eighth the equivalent NASA budget, it manages to lead Europe to be the most important challenger of the US space science program in selected areas. This is possible because of careful management in spite of very difficult constraints, in particular of a financial nature, and through adherence to simple and specific principles. The complexity of the European industrial and institutional context, makes the success of that programme even more impressive.


Science Program European Space Agency Gross National Product Space Science Infrared Space Observatory 
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  1. All details on the ESA science program and its missions can be found at

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. M. Bonnet
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  1. 1.International Space Science InstituteBernSwitzerland

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