Space Agency: List of Top 10 Space Research Organisation

As of 2020, 72 different government space agency are in existence; 14 of those have launch capability.

Six government space agencies—the China National Space Administration (CNSA), the European Space Agency (ESA), the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Russian Federal Space Agency (RFSA or Roscosmos)—have full launch capabilities; these include the ability to launch and recover multiple satellites, deploy cryogenic rocket engines and operate space probes.

Top Space Agencies 2020


List of Top 10 Space Agency in the World 2020

1.) NASA (National Aeronautics And Space Administration) Space Agency


Key Description:

Headquarters: Two Independence Square, Washington, D.C., United States

Preceding agency: NACA (1915–1958)

Founder: Dwight D. Eisenhower

Founded: 1 October 1958, United States

Administered by: Jim Bridenstine

Subsidiaries: NASA, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Official Website:

Type: Space agency

Jurisdiction: US Federal Government

Motto: For the Benefit of All

Employees: 17,373 (2020)

Annual Budget: Increase US$22.629 billion (2020)

Agency Executives: Jim Bridenstine, Administrator, James, Morhard, Deputy Administrator, Jeff DeWit, Chief Financial Officer

Social Network: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr



2.) ESA (European Space Agency) Space Agency


Key Description:

Headquarters: Paris, Île-de-France, France

Budget: €6.68 billion; (~US$7.43 billion) (2020)

Founded: 30 May 1975, Europe

CEO: Johann-Dietrich Wörner (1 Jul 2015–)

Primary spaceport: Guiana Space Centre

Founders: Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark

Official Website:

Social Network: YouTubeFacebookTwitterLinkedIn



3.) Roscosmos Space Agency


Key Description of MOSCOW Space Agency:

Budget: 176 billion rubles (2020) ($2.77 billion)

Headquarters Location: Moscow, Russia

Parent organisation: The Russian Federation government

Founded: 25 February 1992

Abbreviation: ROSCOSMOS

Subsidiaries: Progress Rocket Space Centre

Official Website:

Social Network: FacebookTwitterInstagram



4.) China National Space Administration or CNSA


Key Description:

Budget: ~ US$ 11 Billion (2018 est.)

Founded: 22 April 1993

Headquarters: Haidian District, Beijing, China

Administrator: Zhang Kejian

Parent Organisation: Ministry of Industry and Information Technology

Abbreviation: CNSA

Official Website:



5.) JAXA or Japanese Aerospace Xploration Agency


Key Description:

Headquarters: Chofu, Tokyo, Japan

Annual Budget: 18,270 crores JPY ($1.71 billion, 2017)

Parent Organisation: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

Founded: 1 October 2003

Motto: One JAXA

Administrator: Hiroshi Yamakawa

Official Website: Japan Aerospace Agencies

Social Network: FacebookTwitterYouTubeInstagram


6.) ISRO or Indian Space Research Organization


Key Description of ISRO:

Abbreviation: ISRO

Founder: Dr. Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai

Director: Kailasavadivoo Sivan

Formation: 15 August 1969

Headquarters: Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Subsidiary: Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre

Administrator: K. Sivan (Chairman)

Primary spaceport: Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC/SHAR)Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC)

Parent organisation: Department of Space

Budget: Increase ₹13,479.47 crore (US$1.9 billion)

Staff: 17,222 as of 2020

Social Network: FacebookTwitter

Official Website:



7.) SpaceX


Key Description:

Trade name: SpaceX

Type: Private

Industry: Aerospace

Founded: May 6, 2002

Headquarters: Hawthorne, California, U.S.

Key people: Elon Musk (founder, CEO, and CTO)
Gwynne Shotwell (President and COO)

Products: Several launch vehicles, Several rocket engines
Dragon capsules, Starship (in development), Starlink, ASDS landing platforms

Services: Orbital rocket launch

Owner: Elon Musk Trust (54% equity; 78% voting control)

Number of employees: 8,000 (November 2019)