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Jean-Jacques Dordain (born 14 April 1946) was Director General of the European Space Agency between 2003 and 2015.

Jean-Jacques Dordain
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Jean-Jacques Dordain in 2006.
6th Director General of the
European Space Agency
In office
July 2003 – 2015
Preceded byAntonio Rodotà
Succeeded byJohann-Dietrich Wörner
Personal details
Born (1946-04-14) 14 April 1946 (age 73)
Estrun, France
Alma materÉcole Centrale Paris

Graduating at École Centrale Paris in 1968, Dordain began his scientific career in the French Aerospace Research Agency (ONERA) and later worked as a professor at the National Higher School of Aeronautics and Aerospace in the 1970s and 1980s. He has conducted extensive research in rocket engines and microgravity experiments. He was also a European astronaut candidate.[citation needed]

In 1998 he was Executive Secretary at the Japanese Space Agency (then NASDA, now JAXA) and later started as Director of Launchers at ESA, where he became Director General in July 2003.

He also holds the honorary function of Chancellor of the International Space University.[citation needed]

On 1 July 2015, he was succeeded as Director General of the ESA by Johann-Dietrich Woerner of Germany.


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