Posted on 19 December 2016
A new transfer of archives from the European Space Agency (ESA) has recently been integrated in the archival collection of ESA at the Historical Archives of the European Union. The papers concern the official documentation relating to decision-making services and bodies during the year 2001. There are now 1.009 more files available online for research.
The files of 2001 are of particular importance as in that year the ESA’s action strategy was renewed at the Ministerial Conference in Edinburgh. The files bear witness to the resources assigned to major projects such as the participation of ESA astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) with the use of a Soyuz vehicle and also the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS).
The files also include the agreement making Greece a member of ESA and show that GalileoSat remained the most important and resource-demanding navigation project for ESA. Finally, the documents shed light on this phase of programme management within the framework of budgetary and financial constraints.
The archives of ESA deposited in Florence are freely accessible for consultation. The reproduction of documents is limited to 500 copies per researcher, per annum and per academic project.
Access the inventory of the ESA archives