The ESTEC Test Centre is one of the four major test centres in Europe for the verification of spacecraft at system level, the others being Industrieanlagen-Betriebsgesellschaft (IABG), INTESPACE (ITS), and the Alcatel Test Centre in Cannes. In general there is good visibility for these large test centres, and also for the Centre Spatial de Liège (CSL) centre of excellence for optics testing.
However, visibility for smaller facility providers is less evident. In fact there have been requests from space hardware developers, and Agency Member States delegates to facilitate the interaction between facility providers and potential users addressing both large system test centres and also smaller facilities for subsystem tests.
In response to the above the European Environmental Test Facility Inventory (EETFI) was established, to assist space hardware developers in identifying suitable European test facilities. It is intended that EETFI will include all companies and organisations from all ESA member States active in space environmental testing, listing their respective facilities and main technical features.
Alexandre Popovitch | EurekAlert!
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