ESA Director General Dordain Likely to be Reappointed

ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain (Credit: JAXA)

Esa chief Jean-Jacques Dordain set to continue in role
BBC News

Jean-Jacques Dordain, the boss of the European Space Agency (Esa), could be heading for another period in office. It is understood both Germany and France, the organisation’s leading member-states, are proposing he should carry on in the post beyond 2010.

The Frenchman assumed the role of director general in 2003, and is coming to the end of his second term.

It was thought a German national would succeed Mr Dordain, but one of the leading candidates – the current chairman of the German space agency (DLR) – announced on Monday he did not want to be considered for the role. Writing on his blog, Professor Jan Woerner said he was very happy in his role at DLR and had unfinished work there.

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