Visit European Space Research And Technology Centre ESTEC

ESA is on the forefront of the develeopment and research of autonomous robotic vehicles. We will visit their Robotic lab to learn about their missions, how robots are used at ESA, and how they see the development of robot technology in their work. Make sure to join this both exclusive and unique tour. For registration, please contact Jaimy Siebel at

ariane-5_eca_launch_mediumThe 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.

estec_aerial_view_-_taken_from_estec_brochure_2009_largeWhere is ESA located?

ESA has sites in several European countries, but the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, is the largest. ESTEC is our technical heart – the incubator of the European space effort – where most ESA projects are born and where they are guided through the various phases of development.

Walking tour at TU Delft
During a walking tour we will show your around the campus of Delft University of Technology. Of course, you will visit some of the research facilities: the biorobotics lab of professor Martijn Wisse and the haptics lab of associate professor David Abbink, for example.
The campus is situated just outside the medieval city centre of Delft. It is a modern campus that offers the two things most important for a successful education: excellent facilities for both study and relaxation. Computer labs, an iconic library at the heart of the campus with study spaces and covered by a vast, tilted lawn where students gather in the summer times, coffee corners, faculty bars, sports facilities and much more. The historic city centre with lots of culture, cosy restaurants and bars is just around the corner.
The campus is easily accessible by public transport and only a five minute bike ride away from the city centre.