Jean-Jacques Dordain

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Jean-Jacques Dordain
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Jean-Jacques Dordain in 2006.
6th Director General of the
European Space Agency
Assumed office
July 2003
Preceded by Antonio Rodotà
Succeeded by Johann-Dietrich Wörner
Personal details
Born (1946-04-14) April 14, 1946 (age 69)
Nationality French
Alma mater École Centrale Paris

Jean-Jacques Dordain (born April 14, 1946) is the current Director General of the European Space Agency and has held the position since 2003.

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.

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.

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