ESAC (European Space Astronomy Centre)


ESA logo on the wall

I think when people say space agency, their mind will first go to NASA, the USA space agency, actually there are a lot more space agencies out there!

To mention a few:

Last week, I got the opportunity to visit ESAC for training.  Apparently, you need to bring a passport or national ID card for your first visit for security purpose.
They have a few models of space cameras/ orbiter/ satellites. ESA ones, of course.


 Rosetta (1:4) with tiny Philaea


I didn’t know what this was. Apparently, it is Herschel (1:?)


SOHO (1:1)

Talking about satellites, I like the way ESA redesign their mission logos. They are so nicely designed. (And make me envious not having a polo shirt with any mission logo)

Mars Express Logo for example just because

When you are there, you can see satellite dishes in the background. They are parts of Villafranca Ground Station, where the data from space transmitted.


I don’t want to pretend I know which one is this


Castillo de Aulencia nearby. Suggested that it maybe had a Muslim origin

As it’s a working lab, it’s not a place you can visit exactly, but I guess you can try contacting them! It’s pretty secluded place-wise, but you can get a bus (and walking for 23 minutes after. Bus 627 to CTRA.M503-URB.VILLAFRANCA del Castillo, 28692, Madrid, Spain). If you have a car, you can follow the instruction on their website.

ESAC from above (from

Are you interested working in ESA? Other than in Madrid, they have facilities in other places and headquartered in Paris. They always have their vacancies and graduate trainees programme written on their website. Unfortunately, ESA member states nationals only though.

About Ky

Currently Indonesian university student trying to submit more useful contents to share one's limited knowledge. Rather has wide, shallow interests, the writings will be as sporadic as it can be. Should write more scientific and field related topics, but writing muse says otherwise. Expect more on technical related writings especially softwares and apps, cultures, music, and random things.

Posted on September 19, 2016, in Learning, Spacing, Travelling and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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