ESA stays in-house in selecting heads of Commercialization, Earth observation, Navigation directorates

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The 22-nation European Space Agency (ESA) announced three new directors and in all three cases selected candidates with deep experience at ESA and in the programs they will now lead.

As it did in choosing Josef Aschbacher as director-general late last year, the agency opted for in-house experience both in programs and in how ESA works rather than candidates that might have brought in fresh air but at the cost of a steep learning curve.

The agency’s current schedule — an intermediate ministerial . . .

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