ESA, NASA Developing on Pathway for Communicating at the Moon

Astronauts explore a crater at the lunar south pole. (Credit: NASA)

WASHINGTON (ESA PR) — ESA and NASA reaffirmed their interest in working with commercial service providers as well as international partners on missions to the Moon in a joint statement signed at the 70th annual International Astronautical Congress last week.

The statement supports the ‘Lunar Pathfinder’ mission, ESA’s first Moon partnership with European industry, addressing communication and navigation needs for future lunar exploration.


ESA, NASA to Team Up on Lunar Science

The moon rising over Half Moon Bay, California on Halloween 2009. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

WASHINGTON (ESA PR) — ESA Director of Human and Robotic Exploration, David Parker, and Associate Administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Thomas Zurbuchen, signed a Statement of Intent to coordinate joint science research about the Moon and identify opportunities for lunar mission cooperation.

Signed during the National Academies’ Space Science Week in Washington DC, the statement highlights a common interest in accessing the Moon, driven by scientific discovery and support for private-sector capabilities, and mission services on the lunar surface and in the vicinity of the Moon.


ESA Director General Names New Senior Management Team

Johann-Dietrich Wörner (Credit: DLR, CC-BY)
Johann-Dietrich Wörner (Credit: DLR, CC-BY)

PARIS, 21 November 2015 (ESA PR) — At an extraordinary meeting of the ESA Council held in Paris in restricted session on 21 November 2015, Council approved the Director General’s proposal for the future senior management team of ESA set out below. It is planned that the new senior management team will take up duty in early 2016.

Space Applications

  • as Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications (D/TIA), Ms Magali Vaissiere
  • as Director of Galileo Programme and Navigation-Related Activities (D/NAV), Mr Paul Verhoef

Science and Exploration

  • as Director of Science (D/SCI), Mr Alvaro Giménez Cañete
  • as Director of Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration Programmes (D/HRE), Mr David Parker

Space Technology and Operations

– as Director of Technical and Quality Management (D/TEC), Mr Franco Ongaro

– as Director of Operations (D/OPS), Mr Rolf Densing


  • as Director of Internal Services: Human Resources, Facility Management, Finance and Controlling, Information Technology (D/HIF), Mr Jean Max Puech
  • as Director of Industry, Procurement and Legal Services (D/IPL), Mr Eric Morel de Westgaver