Estonian Space Office
Agency overview
JurisdictionGovernment of Estonia
HeadquartersTallinn, Estonia
Agency executive
  • Madis Võõras, Sectoral Manager (within Enterprise Estonia)

The Estonian Space Office (ESO; Estonian: Eesti Kosmosebüroo) is the unit established within Enterprise Estonia by the Government of Estonia to facilitate membership in the European Space Agency and related commercial and research ties. In addition ESO serves as a contact point with the IAF, European Association for the International Space Year (EURISY) and EUMETSAT in procurement-related matters.[1]

ESO is not a space agency. State space policy as it exists is managed through the Space Affairs Council at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. ESO functions as a centre for technology and business competence alongside Tartu Observatory which has responsibility for space science, space exploration and remote sensing. Various activities within the Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development of the European Union for education, science and innovation, including funding for space programs, are coordinated by the Archimedes Foundation.[2]

Since 2010, the Riigikogu has had a 'Space Studies Support Group' (Kosmose valdkonna toetusrühm) currently chaired by Anne Sulling.

See also


  1. ^ "About the Space Office". EAS. Archived from the original on 29 January 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Estonian Space Governance System and Activities Today". EAS. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015.