Located in The Hague, the Netherlands Space Office (NSO) is the governmental Space Agency of the Netherlands. NSO's task is to advise upon and realise the national space policy. Therefore, NSO supports and stimulates space companies and institutions in the Netherlands to start new collaborations with international partners.
The space policy of the Netherlands focuses on the added value of space on science, economy and society, and in particular the development of ground-breaking space technologies, and services based on satellite data.
NSO is representing the Netherlands in the programme boards of the European Space Agency (ESA). It reports, both financially and substantively, directly to a steering committee consisting of representatives of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
The director of NSO leads an organisation with dedicated support staff and specialists and has the NSO Programme Council available for advice.