What we do:

Our Value Added

ESOC’s socio-economic impact

Europe's citizens benefit every day from the technological advances that investment in the space industry has brought through recent decades. Satellite communications, navigation systems, Earth observation missions, space science and technology research all create employment, boost economic growth and help make a range of European industries more competitive in an intense global market.

ESOC is a major player in the ground systems engineering, mission operations and space safety activities vital for flying and protecting these spacecraft. We carry out a wide range of activities in cooperation with European space industry and in coordination with ESA’s member states. ESA’s 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.

January 12, 2019

Value created by ESA‘s Ground Systems Engineering and Operations activities

Find out how activities at ESOC bolstered the European space economy and provided the ground capacities and unique expertise to handle all kinds of space missions between 2000 and 2018.

Jobs created


Companies supported


Value added in €

January 12, 2019

Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of the European Space Agency’s Clean Space Initiative

Our reliance on satellites for navigation, communications, security and disaster management has never been greater, and so neither has the risk posed by space debris.

Debris objects >10cm


Debris objects <10cm


Potential damage in €