British National Space Center
Composed of 11 Government Departments and Research Councils, British National Space Centre (BNSC) is in charge of:
- coordinating activities of U.K Civil Space;
- supporting the academic research;
- consolidating Great Britain space industry;
- working for the improvement as well as knowledge of space science and its practical benefits. Link Description
Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales
Established in 1961 the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) is the governmental agency responsible for the spreading as well as the strengthening of French space policy within Europe.
CNES takes in and carries out space programs with its partners belonging to the scientific community and to industry and is closely involved in many programs of international cooperation.
CNES is giving its support to the upgrading of new technologies which will bring benefits to society particularly focusing its attention on:
- Access to Space;
- Space civil applications;
- Sustainable development;
- Scientific and Technological research;
- Safety and defence.
Canadian Space Agency
Established in 1989, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) acts as a government department since the President is equivalent to a delegate Ministry and refers to the Ministry of Industry.
The President supervises five key activities: Space Programs, Space Technologies, Space Sciences, Canadian Astronauts Office, Space Operations. Furthermore, he is in charge of six executive functions and three corporate functions.
Mission: Canadian Space Agency is engaged in the development and application of knowledge pertinent to Space for the benefit of the Canadian people as well as the whole of Mankind.
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-und-Raumfarth
DLR is the German national research centre for aeronautics and Space. DLR's wide work for development and research is evident through national and international cooperative initiatives.
Its mission is directed to:
- exploration of Earth and Universe;
- research aimed at protecting the environment;
- development of sustainable technologies so as to promote mobility, communication and safety.
European Space Agency
The European Space Agency is considered as a "door" to Space. Its main efforts are directed towards the development of European space abilities. Furthermore, it guarantees that investments carried out for the conquest of space continue to produce advantages and positive benefits for every European citizen.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
is a government agency engaged in space exploration in Japan. It was established on October 1st, 2003 and is the result of a merger between NASDA (National Space Development Agency for Japan), ISAS (Institute of Space and Astronautical Science) and NAL (National Aerospace Laboratory for Japan).
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, better known as NASA, is the civil government agency responsible for US space programs as well as for civil and military aerospace research.
US President Eisenhower established the agency in 1958 in reply to the launch of the first artificial Russian satellite. NASA directs the work by splitting it into four main categories:
- Exploration Systems;
- Space Operations.
Its mission is to act as a pioneer for future space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautic research.
Swiss Space Office
SSO (Swiss Space Office), which is part of the Swiss Space Agency, elaborates and puts the Swiss space policy (as defined by the Switzerland Federal Government) into effect.
SSO is in charge of Swiss participation in activities and programs of the European Space Agency and heads both the Swiss delegation within the European Council and the European Space Agency Committees.
Furthermore, SSO is in charge of the Interdepartmental Coordination Swiss Committee for Space Affairs (IKAR) which is composed of representatives from Swiss Government departments. Scientific and economic circuits are furthermore represented by the Federal Commission for Space Affairs (CFAS) with a consulting function.