The European Union Satellite Centre was founded in 1992 as a Western European Union body and incorporated as an agency into the European Union on 1 January 2002.
The staff of the Centre, headed by Director Amb Sorin Ducaru, consists of experienced imagery analysts, geospatial specialists and supporting personnel, recruited from EU Member States. The Centre also hosts seconded experts from Member States and Third States. SatCen assures technical development activities in direct support to its operational activities, as well as specialised training for its imagery analysts and external participants from Member States, Third States, international organisations and other EU bodies.
The Centre is located in Torrejón de Ardoz, in the vicinity of Madrid, Spain.