ESA Centre for Earth Observation
Parent organization
European Space Agency

41°49′37″N 12°40′27″E / 41.8269472°N 12.6741222°E / 41.8269472; 12.6741222

The ESA Centre for Earth Observation (also known as the European Space Research Institute or ESRIN) is a research centre belonging to the European Space Agency (ESA), located in Frascati (Rome) Italy.[1] It is dedicated to research involving earth observation data taken from satellites, among other specialised activities. The establishment currently hosts the European Space Agency's development team for the Vega launcher.[2]


ESLAR, a laboratory for advanced research was created in 1966 mainly to break the political deadlock over the location of ESLAB. Later renamed ESRIN, an acronym for European Space Research Institute, ESLAR was based in Frascati (Italy).[3] The ESRO Convention describes ESRINs' role in the following manner: undertake laboratory and theoretical research in the basic physics and chemistry necessary to the understanding of past and the planning of future experiments in space.

— ESRO Convention[3]

The facility began acquiring data from environmental satellites within Earthnet programme in the 1970s.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "European Space Research Institute (ESRIN)". Satellite Industry Links. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Vega Launcher". ESA. 1 September 2005. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b "ESRIN foundation 46 years ago". ESA. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  4. ^ Franciosi, Roberto (September 1999). "ESRIN – Its Development and Role" (PDF). ESA. Retrieved 10 August 2015.