The next leader of the European Space Agency says his top priorities are to improve the agency’s relationship with the European Union and support commercial space activities in Europe.
The head of the European Space Agency formally announced Feb. 28 he will leave ESA when his current term ends next year, confirming months of speculation about his future with the agency.
European Space Agency Director General Jan Woerner is understood to not be seeking an extension to his current term ending June 2021.
The head of the European Space Agency says he believes that member states will provide most, if not all, of the funding it is seeking for its array of programs at a ministerial meeting in November.
The European Space Agency will ask its 22 member states to commit to a budget of 12.5 billion euros ($13.9 billion) to fund the next three years of the agency's work.
Member states of the European Space Agency met this week in Madrid to coordinate their strategy for the next triennial ministerial meeting.
European Space Agency Director General Jan Woerner spoke with SpaceNews about his extension, the agency’s activities, and its relationship with others, from the EU to NASA.