|Formed||1 July 2009|
The Netherlands Space Office (NSO) is the space agency of the Netherlands.
Three Dutch government ministries — the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy; the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science; and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management — along with the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), an independent administrative body under the auspices of the Dutch-government Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, signed an agreement in October 2008 for the establishment of the NSO.
It was established as of 1 July 2009 following the merger of the space activities of the Netherlands Agency for Aerospace Programmes (in Dutch language, Nederlands Instituut voor Vliegtuigontwikkeling en Ruimtevaart (NIVR)), which was then disestablished, and several other institutes (KNMI, SRON).
NSO was established by the Dutch government to advise on the Netherlands Space Policy and to develop and administer the country's space programme. NSO represents The Netherlands to international space organisations, including the multi-country-member European Space Agency (ESA); the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). NSO is also the central government point of contact for the space community in the Netherlands.
The NSO also promotes education and communication on space, especially the Netherlands space activities.
The director of NSO reports to the steering committee of the ministries. In terms of organisation and administration, the NSO resorts under RVO, an agency of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.