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NL Space Campus is located in Noordwijk, home to ESA ESTEC – Europe’s largest Space R&D centre -, Galileo Reference Centre (GRC) and ESA BIC. With over 3000 high-tech professionals and 100+ PHD’s, the Campus is an international hotspot for space research.

The space community is embedded in our region’s renowned high-tech community with a wide array of testing and piloting facilities as well as cross-industry innovation opportunities.

We aim to go from science to world market by turning research into solutions, and to explore and address challenges for a better planet and society.


ESA has sites in several European countries, but the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, is Europe’s largest test centre. ESTEC is our technical heart- the incubator of the European space effort- where most ESA projects are born and where they are guided through the various phases of development. With 2700 high tech professionals, 100 PHD’s and 100 young graduates, ESA ESTEC is an impressive R&D centre, based in Noordwijk.


  • Developing and managing all types of ESA missions: science, exploration, telecommunications, human spaceflight, satellite navigation and Earth observation.
  • Providing all the managerial and technical competencies and facilities needed to initiate and manage the development of space systems and technologies.
  • Operating an environmental test centre for spacecraft, with supporting engineering laboratories specialised in systems engineering, components and materials, and working within a network of other facilities and laboratories.
  • Supporting the European space industry and working closely with other organisations, such as universities, research institutes and national agencies from ESA Member States, and cooperating with space agencies all over the world.



The Leiden-Delft-Erasmus universities offer high-quality world-renowned space education programmes in space engineering, astronomy, space law and business. Also in other disciplines, the universities offer space-related education programmes. Multiple study programmes at the TU Delft for instance work together with the Delft Space Institute, allowing students to do projects in the domain of space or utilizing space technology and or space data.

NL Space Campus and Leiden-Delft-Erasmus universities have partnered up to work together and connect researchers and students from the different universities with the space sector, for instance with the Space for Science and Society programme. The programme stimulates research collaboration between researchers and the space sector, from start-up to institute and from downstream to upstream.

We believe our partnership with LDE Universities is important, it helps to be better able to bridge the gap between knowledge and the application of knowledge, to bridge the (future) questions from industry and society, and the way in which the talents of the future are prepared and able to answer these questions.

Space For Science and Society
LDE University students and participants from the Space sector will work together in interdisciplinary educational programmes for the LDE students and further stimulate research collaboration between the universities’ researchers and the space sector, from start-up to institute, from downstream to upstream. More information »

Curiosity Series
On research LDE, NL Space Campus and its partners work together on an LDE-wide research programme. We are also connecting researchers around challenges in the NL Space Campus ‘Curiosity series on Research.

Contact the LDE Liaison Officer Space Campus Peter Batenburg »

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Access to the largest space simulator in Europe

Connecting the curious

Access to the largest space simulator in Europe

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