NL Space Campus is where decades of knowledge, world-class universities, testing facilities and innovative international (space) companies come together to benefit from space endeavours in the broadest sense. We operate as an ecosystem where we work, learn and meet, where we share knowledge, experiences and an infinite passion for space.
As one of the biggest European Space Hubs, NL Space Campus connects nearby universities and knowledge institutes in the wider region. In other words, ESA ESTEC and the GRC, together with the Zuid-Holland Space Cluster (LDE universities, SRON, TNO, industry), are connected via the NL Space Campus into the European space network.
ESA ESTEC and world-class Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Universities (LDE) form the knowledge anchors of the NL Space Campus.
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On a national level, with more than 200K visitors each year, NL Space Campus opens up the Dutch space cluster as a gateway, and is the (inter)national meeting place for the space sector. As a whole, NL Space Campus is the representative to the outside world of the entire Dutch space cluster; the starting point in space for every student, scientist and/or (young) professional. As the space sector gateway, NL Space Campus has close connections with regional business and knowledge clusters in space-related segments like aerospace engineering, high-tech systems (including optics and robotics), materials & structures (including composites), astronomy and space law.
In addition to being a connecting organisation and network, NL Space Campus is also a physical location in Noordwijk. The campus comprises ESA ESTEC – Europe’s largest Space R&D centre -, the Galileo Reference Centre (GRC) and the SBIC. With >3000 high-tech professionals and 100+ PHD’s and 100 young graduates, this represents an international hotspot for space research where the gap between knowledge and the application of knowledge is bridged.