The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.
ESA is an international organisation with 20 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.
ESA’s job is to draw up the European space programme and carry it through. ESA’s programmes are designed to find out more about Earth, its immediate space environment, our Solar System and the Universe, as well as to develop satellite-based technologies and services, and to promote European industries. ESA also works closely with space organisations outside Europe.
Contribution to HIKARI
ESA-ESTEC is involved in several work packages within HIKARI: At first, ESA-ESTEC is the work package leader of WP2, Conceptual guidelines and common experimentation plan elaboration. This central tasks involves nine partners in the project and interfaces with all of the other work package as well on strategic as on technical level. Furthermore, ESA-ESTEC contributes significantly in the technology driven work package 5 (Innovative On-Board Thermal and Energy Management – Technologies) and WP6 (Propulsion) where the focus is set on future tank technology, specifically the control of the pressurization. In WP7 ESA-ESTEC is interacting with the partners on the dissemination of the achievements within HIKARI.
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