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Source: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

12/17/2020 – Press release – Aerospace


The ESA Council today appointed the Austrian Dr. Josef Aschbacher elected as future ESA Director General. In summer 2021 he will succeed Prof. Jan Wörner, who has headed the European Space Agency since 2015. Dr. Aschbacher has many years of experience at the European Space Agency, most recently as director of the extremely successful ESA earth observation program. The German government’s aerospace coordinator, Thomas Jarzombek, explains: “We are delighted that Josef Aschbacher has been elected as the new ESA director general to working with him in the future to further strengthen Europe’s role in space. He will take office in 2021 at a time of paradigm shift in European space travel. We have to move towards more efficiency and performance – the key to this is competition. This must be open to technology. For example, satellites are getting smaller and smaller. The launchers have to follow this development. With the New Space Launcher Boost competition, Germany has already laid the foundation stone. ”Prof. During his term of office, and especially at the last ESA Ministerial Conference in 2019, Wörner laid important groundwork for ESA in the direction of “New Space”, which we must now consistently pursue. I would like to expressly thank Prof. Wörner for his many years of service to German and European space travel, initially as Chairman of the Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and since 2015 as Director General of ESA. We will continue to work together during the remaining months of Mr Wörner’s term of office to strengthen ESA and enable his successor to get off to a successful start.


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