The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its 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.

ESA is an international organisation with 22 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.

What does ESA do?

ESA’s job is to draw up the European space programme and carry it through. ESA's programmes are designed to find out more about Earth, its immediate space environment, our Solar System and the Universe, as well as to develop satellite-based technologies and services, and to promote European industries. ESA also works closely with space organisations outside Europe.

Who belongs to ESA?

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Canada takes part in some projects under a Cooperation agreement.

Bulgaria, Cyprus, Malta, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia have cooperation agreements with ESA.

Paris, France - MERIS, 14 July 2003
Where is ESA located?

ESA's headquarters are in Paris which is where policies and programmes are decided. ESA also has sites in a number of European countries, each of which has different responsibilities:

EAC, the European Astronauts Centre in Cologne, Germany;
ESAC, the European Space Astronomy Centre, in Villanueva de la Canada, Madrid, Spain;
ESOC, the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany;
ESRIN, the ESA centre for Earth Observation, in Frascati, near Rome, Italy;
ESTEC, the European Space Research and Technology Centre, Noordwijk, the Netherlands.
ECSAT, the European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications, Harwell, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom.
ESA Redu Centre, Belgium.
ESA also has liaison offices in Belgium, USA and Russia; a launch base in French Guiana and ground/tracking stations in various parts of the world.

How many people work for ESA?

There are around 2200 staff working for ESA, from all the Member States and include scientists, engineers, information technology specialists and administrative personnel.

Where do ESA’s funds come from?

ESA’s mandatory activities (space science programmes and the general budget) are funded by a financial contribution from all the Agency’s Member States, calculated in accordance with each country’s gross national product. In addition, ESA conducts a number of optional programmes. Each Member State decides in which optional programme they wish to participate and the amount they wish to contribute.

How big is ESA’s budget?

ESA's budget for 2012 is €4020 million. ESA operates on the basis of geographical return, i.e. it invests in each Member State, through industrial contracts for space programmes, an amount more or less equivalent to each country’s contribution.

How much does each European spend on ESA?

European per capita investment in space is very little. On average, every citizen of an ESA Member State pays, in taxes for expenditure on space, about the same as the price of a cinema ticket (in USA, investment in civilian space activities is almost four times as much).

How does ESA operate?

The Council is ESA's governing body and provides the basic policy guidelines within which ESA develops the European space programme. Each Member State is represented on the Council and has one vote, regardless of its size or financial contribution.

ESA is headed by a Director General who is elected by the Council every four years. Each individual research sector has its own Directorate and reports directly to the Director General. The present Director General of ESA is Jan Woerner.

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VisionSpace is a well-established consulting and engineering services business. Since our foundation in 2010 we are committed to the wishes and needs of our clients. We work together with our clients to fulfill their requirements and attain maximum user-satisfaction. Starting with a detailed understanding of these needs, we can combine the in-depth knowledge of our consultants with the experience of the client to deliver high-performance solutions that meet the user's needs. Our commitment is to bring the best solution to our clients through a quality service provided to meet their expectations and needs.

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People are the foundation of VisionSpace's success. As an employee-owned company, we care about not only the technologies we develop but also the path we take to create them. VisionSpace operates under a highly collaborative organizational model that recognizes and encourages leadership throughout the company and takes care of the individual.

VisionSpace technical staff members play a pivotal role in developing advanced software technology. Engineers work in small team settings and must successfully interact with clients, partners, and other employees in a highly cooperative and intellectually challenging environment. We’re looking for people who can invent, learn, think, and inspire. We reward creativity and thrive on collaboration.

It is a fundamental policy of VisionSpace Technologies not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap or disability, with respect to recruitment, hiring, training, promotion and other terms and conditions of employment

It is our policy to base decisions on employment solely upon an individual's qualifications relating to the requirements of the position for which the individual is being considered and to recruit, hire, and promote the best qualified persons for all jobs without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, age, handicap or disability. Ensure that all personnel actions such as compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, Company-sponsored training, promotions, terminations and disciplinary actions are applied equally.

Join us, we offer you an extraordinary chance to learn, to develop and to be part of an exciting experience and team.

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As the industry leader and pioneer of mobile satellite communications, Inmarsat has been powering global connectivity for more than three decades.

We offer an unrivalled portfolio of global satcom solutions and value-added services to keep you connected at all times – whether travelling on land, at sea or in the air. No matter where your business takes you, you can rely on Inmarsat for all your mission-critical communications.

We ensure you’re never beyond reach
Inmarsat was set up in 1979 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to enable ships to stay in constant touch with shore or to call for help in an emergency, no matter how far out to sea.

Today our customers are found in many different sectors – but they are typically businesses and organisations that need to communicate where terrestrial telecom networks are unreliable or simply cannot reach.

Global phones and broadband internet
As well as merchant shipping, our customers include governments, airlines, the broadcast media, the oil and gas industry, mining, construction, and humanitarian aid agencies – to name just a few.

They connect to our fleet of 12 satellites using a range of equipment, including global handheld satellite phones and notebook-size broadband internet devices, as well as specialist terminals and antennas fitted to ships, aircraft and road vehicles.

Market leader in mobile satellite services
Our business has grown strongly since 1999 when we became the first intergovernmental organisation to transform into a private company, later floating on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: ISAT.L) in 2005.

In fact, today Inmarsat plc is the market leader in the provision of mobile satellite services, with the largest portfolio of global satellite communications solutions and value-added services on the market.

Five market-facing business units
Our global sales and marketing activities are operated through five market-facing business units:

Inmarsat Maritime, focusing on worldwide commercial maritime opportunities
Inmarsat U.S. Government, focusing on US government opportunities, both military and civil
Inmarsat Global Government, focusing on worldwide (i.e. non-US) civil and military government opportunities
Inmarsat Enterprise, focusing on worldwide enterprise, energy, media and M2M opportunities.
Inmarsat Aviation, focusing on in-flight voice, data, safety services and cabin connectivity, for both business and commercial air transport.
With a presence in more than 60 locations across every continent, our world-class products, services and solutions and 24/7/365 customer support facilities are available directly from Inmarsat, or – for the majority of customers – via our worldwide network of independent Distribution Partners (DPs) and Service Providers (SPs).

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We are currently recruiting to fill a number of vacancies at our offices and operations centres around the world. These positions are listed below.

If you have relevant experience but can't see an appropriate opening, please submit a 'Speculative Application'. We also offers a limited number of internships, and so if you'd like to be considered please submit an 'Internship Application'.

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Telespazio VEGA Deutschland is a well-established consulting, technology and engineering services business. Over the past 30 years, we have built up a first-class reputation in high-technology markets, where quality and reliability are essential. Our roots are in the Space market and the experience we have developed there now brings benefits to our other core markets of Aviation and Defence.

Our nearly 400 staff are experts in a full range of systems & operations engineering and ICT disciplines and develop ground-based, software-intensive systems for control, planning and data processing as well as for simulations and training. After development of such complex systems we are able to provide operations services at highest quality standards, up to fully outsourced services for our clients.

Our knowledge and experience enable us to provide support through the entire programme lifecycle, ensuring that all quality standards, customer-specific standards and country specific regulations are met.

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Telespazio VEGA UK, the UK subsidiary of Telespazio SpA (A Finmeccanica/Thales company), is a forward thinking and professional consulting, software intensive technology and space enabled services business. 

Our unparalleled reputation has been built on the knowledge and skills developed throughout 35 years supporting space agencies worldwide.  As a leader in satellite systems, applications and geo-information we ensure our clients receive the best advice, support and management.  Our domain experts specialise in earth observation, navigation, telecommunications, instrument, payload and ground segment systems, as well as software and downstream application development enabling commercial markets to benefit from space data derived solutions.

We also provide a portal to all the Telespazio group services and data including satellite and ground station operations, and network and connectivity services. We operate the UK’s first Customer User Terminal (CUT) from the UK’s only COSMO-SkyMed ground station supplying near real time imagery, historical archive imagery and data products and services.

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Due to its many years’ experience of working in the international arena and especially in Europe, Grafton has accumulated an extraordinary expertise in the area of cross border administration, legal and tax issues which means we are in a unique position to accept the whole administrative burden for our clients regarding the logistical, legal and tax status regarding our Consultancy. 

As an ISO 9001 certified and AUG registered company we can support extensive range of specific requirements including work package administration, temporary employment and other cross border working arrangements.

Grafton’s in-house multilingual team provides a comprehensive and specific “local knowledge” understanding to underline our complete services.
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As a result off Grafton's extensive expertise in international Consultancy we offer unique assistance to our Engineers in their relocation, local registration accommodation, tax and insurance affairs.

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SSL is the leading provider of geostationary commercial satellites, with experience building and integrating some of the world’s most powerful and complex satellites and spacecraft systems. The company has a long history of delivering reliable satellites and spacecraft systems for commercial and government customers around the world and currently has more geostationary commercial capacity on orbit than any other manufacturer.

SSL works closely with satellite operators to provide spacecraft for a broad range of services including television and radio distribution, digital audio radio, broadband Internet, and mobile communications. Approximately 25 percent of the total U.S. Government leased commercial transponders are carried on SSL-built satellites. The company’s SSL 1300 spacecraft has been proven over decades of on-orbit operation and provides a highly flexible, modular platform for incremental technology advances, with the industry’s highest power capability.

SSL has unprecedented experience with Ka-band and satellites for broadband communications and is the leader in putting broadband capacity in space. The company has been building Ka-band payloads for four decades and has experience building next generation satellites that provide more than 100 gigabit per second capacity.

Beginning with the world’s first communications satellite, Courier 1B, launched in 1960, SSL has manufactured more than 250 satellites, delivering in excess of 2,000 years of on-orbit service. Much of that total has been achieved by the three-axis-stabilized 1300 series, and more than one-third of those years were achieved by spacecraft that provided service beyond their contractual lives.

In addition to complete satellites, SSL was the exclusive provider of batteries to the International Space Station for more than 10 years and has provided the U.S. Government with a variety of instruments including antennas on the Voyager spacecraft and a ranging system on the GRACE satellites. SSL’s commercial platform has also been leveraged for numerous unique applications, such as GOES Weather satellites, Air Traffic Control in Japan, and a propulsion system for NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE).

The company’s reputation as a world leader is the result of its unparalleled commitment to mission assurance and its ability to provide advanced solutions that meet mission objectives based on space-proven heritage designs. Billions of people around the world depend on SSL-built satellites every day.

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SSL is at the forefront of the space industry, and our employees are leading the way. At SSL, you'll work in a dynamic, high-tech, and collaborative environment where ideas are valued and you are valued.
SSL employees develop and build some of the most powerful and innovative satellite systems in the industry and provide a range of related services to our international customers. Our customers are often the leaders in supplying services, including broadband digital communications; direct-to-home broadcast; governmental communications; environmental monitoring; and air traffic control. The future of worldwide communications is growing, and you could be a part of it at SSL.

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