The King Philippe of Belgium visited the ESA centre in Redu, Belgium, on 17 March 2015.
After a presentation by Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA Director General, of Redu activities that have increased and diversified over recent years, the King took guided tour around the installation, the only ESA site in Belgium, located amid the forests of the Belgian Ardennes.
His Majesty attended a learning session, supported by ESA’s European Space Education Resource Offices (ESEROs), which train teachers from secondary schools all over Europe in space robotics from the classroom’s e-robotics lab.
At the end of the visit, ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain gained official recognition from the King for his continuous efforts in promoting and supporting the Europe’s space interests and activities in his capacity as ESA Director General. He was awarded Grand Officer in the Order of the Crown by the King.