Dordain May Stay as ESA Director General

Dordain May Stay as ESA Director General

The BBC reports that Jean-Jacques Dordain may be reappointed as Director General (DG) of the European Space Agency (ESA).

Dordain, a Frenchman, became DG in 2003 and is nearing the end of his second term. He was expected to be replaced by a German as head of the intergovernmental organization. The leading German candidate, Jan Woerner, announced on Monday that he did not want the job, saying on his blog that consequently France and Germany were jointly proposing that Dordain be asked to stay,the BBC reported.

Dordain is the sixth DG of ESA. The others were:

  • Roy Gibson (UK), 1975-1980
  • Erik Quistgaard (Denmark), 1980-1984
  • Reimar L st (Germany), 1984-1990
  • Jean-Marie Luton (France), 1990-1997
  • Antonio Rodot (Italy), 1997-2003

ESA’s 18 members are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

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