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Germany's contribution to a strong ESA

On 22 and 23 November 2022, the ministers and government representatives of the 22 member states of the European Space Agency ESA met at the foot of the Eiffel Tower in Paris to set the course for joint space programmes 'made in Europe'. The Council Meeting at Ministerial Level is the highest political decision-making body, which sets the content and financial framework for ESA's space programmes on average every three years. In total, the ESA member states concluded on a budget of 16.9 billion euros. Of this total, Germany is contributing around 3.5 billion euros under mixed economic conditions. Amounting to 20.66 percent of the total contributions, it is ESA's strongest partner alongside France (19.01 percent) and Italy (18.24 percent).

Germany will provide 1.15 billion euros (current economic conditions) for the ESA mandatory programmes: In addition to the General Budget, these include the Science Programme and the European Spaceport in French Guiana. About 2.37 billion euros of the German contribution will go to the optional programmes: these include about 669.2 million euros for Earth observation, about 365.3 million euros for telecommunications, around 11 million euros for navigation, 50 million euros for technology programmes, 155.1 million euros for space situational awareness and space safety, 490.8 million euros for space transport and operations, and about 725.6 million euros for human spaceflight, research in microgravity and exploration.
Germany's main contributions are detailed here.

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Space is more than science fiction. With our contribution, Germany is strengthening ESA – as agreed in the coalition agreement – and living up to its leading role for a strong European space industry and scientific landscape.
Dr Anna Christmann

Dr Anna Christmann

Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy
Continuing this commitment also means strengthening international cooperation. Large-scale space exploration projects require European and global cooperation. This not only ensures success, but such 'space diplomacy' also makes space itself an important area of international collaboration.
Dr Walther Pelzer

Dr Walther Pelzer

Walther Pelzer, DLR Executive Board member and Director General of the German Space Agency at DLR
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Germany's investment in space in 2023
Germany's investment in space in 2023 *****
Germany's contribution to the future of European spaceflight
Distribution of German subscriptions among the individual programme areas*/**/***
European Space Agency (ESA) budget
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Distribution of the subscriptions to the individual programme areas */**/***/****

  • Earth observation
  • Satellite communications
  • Satellite navigation
  • Technology
  • Space safety
  • Science programme
  • ISS and Exploration (E3P)
  • Launchers

* Million euro/covered subscriptions/economic conditions 2022/ESA/C-M(2022)100, rev. 7 & ESA/C(2022)300, rev.1/28 November 2022 & 12 December 2022
** Million euro/covered subscriptions/current economic conditions/Science Programme & Basic Activities - ESA Mandatory Activities/ESA/C-M(CCCXIII)/Res.2
*** Million euro/covered subscriptions/current economic conditions/ESA/C-M(2022)100, rev. 7/28 November 2022
**** Million euro/covered subscriptions/economic conditions 2022/CSG/ESA/C-M(CCCXIII)/Res.3
***** Million euro/German Space Agency at DLR

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