Luxembourg Backs Space Technology Venture Capital Fund

LUXEMBOURG (Luxembourg Government PR)  – During a meeting of a parliamentary committee, Étienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy confirmed that the Government of Luxembourg, together with public and private sector partners, have invested a stake in Orbital Ventures (‘the Fund’), an investment fund focused on early stage companies engaged in space activities. Luxembourg’s involvement builds on the country’s commitment to unlock the economic potential of the commercial space industry.  

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Building Blocks of a Future Space Economy

Hague International Space Resources Governance Working Group meeting. (Credit Luxembourg Space Agency)

THE HAGUE (Luxembourg Space Agency PR) — Shortly before the release of their final results, we spoke to three members of the Hague International Space Resources Governance Working Group.

This international working group, with representatives from governments, industry, space agencies and academics from around the world, was set up in 2016 with the backing from the Dutch Government. It also received funding from several other private and public entities, including the Luxembourg Government.

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Fit 4 Start: Call for Space Tech and ICT Applications Open

LUXEMBOURG (Luxembourg Space Agency PR) — Fit 4 Start is Luxembourg’s acceleration programme for supporting start-ups. Start-ups benefitting from the programme, established in Luxembourg or another country, including outside the European Union, are selected twice a year.

Launched by the Ministry of the Economy and managed by Luxinnovation, the Fit 4 Start programme has opened its next call for candidates for national and international start-ups. 

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Made in Space Europe, Luxembourg Space Agency Win ESA Contract for Robotic Arm

LUXEMBOURG (Luxembourg Space Agency PR) — Made In Space Europe and Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA) announce a joint contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop a robotic arm for space applications.

The contract falls under the LuxIMPULSE programme, Luxembourg’s National Space Programme. Made In Space Europe will lead the technical developments of the project in Luxembourg, which are focused on developing a robotic arm for space, and evaluating the viability of a low cost, scalable robotic arm system for space missions.

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ESA, Luxembourg Sign MOU on Space Resources

SEVILLE, Spain (ESA PR) — A Memorandum of Cooperation to further commit to strengthening cooperation in the field of space resources and innovation was signed by Luxembourg’s Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider and ESA Director General ESA Jan Wörner.

Following the establishment of the SpaceResources.lu initiative in 2016 to promote and develop the research, economic and legal aspects of space resources, ESA and the Luxembourg Space Agency have been working together to explore opportunities for cooperation and have identified common objectives for research and development.

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DSI Europe Takes Next Step in Luxembourg

LUXEMBOURG (Luxembourg Space Agency PR) — On the occasion of the NewSpace Europe conference, Bradford Space, Deep Space Industries (DSI) and the Luxembourg Space Agency announced they will take the next step towards developing critical low-cost spacecraft subsystems for deep space and earth-orbit missions.

The start of the programme is expected to kick-off in the next few weeks and will focus on the development and commercialization of key products in flight control, power management and deep space telecommunications.

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UNOOSA, Luxembourg Launch New “Space Law for New Space Actors” Project

LUXEMBOURG (Luxembourg Space Agency PR) — Today, at the margins of the New Space Europe Conference, Ms. Paulette Lenert, Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs and Ms. Simonetta di Pippo, Director of United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) signed a funding agreement to support UNOOSA’s new “Space Law for New Space Actors” project.

The “Space Law for New Space Actors” project will offer UN Member States tailored capacity building to facilitate their drafting of national space legislation and/or national space policies in line with international space law, promoting the long-term sustainability of outer space activities. Such capacity building will support in particular new and emerging space-faring nations to conduct space activities in a responsible and sustainable manner.

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Luxembourg, Germany to Deepen Cooperation in Space

  • German Aerospace Center, abbreviated DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt), and Luxembourg Space Agency, abbreviated LSA, to cooperate in the exploration and use of space
  • The signing ceremony took place at the 70th International Aeronautical Congress in Washington DC, the US capital

WASHINGTON, DC (LSA PR) — Representatives of DLR and LSA have signed a Letter of Intent to co-operate on space research activities with particular focus on areas such as navigation, satellite communications, space exploration and space resources, including robotics and in-orbit services.

LSA is interested in DLR to cooperate in establishing in Luxembourg an interdisciplinary research center within the SpaceResources.lu initiative aiming at developing a sustainable commercial space resources utilization industry.

The Letter of Intent was signed for the DLR by Prof. Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the Executive Board and Prof. Dr. Hansjörg Dittus, Member of the Executive Board for Space Research and Technology.

Marc Serres, CEO of the Luxembourg Space Agency signed for the LSA. The signing ceremony took place on October 22, 2019 at the 70th International Aeronautical Congress held in Washington DC, the US capital.

Marc Serres, CEO of Luxembourg Space Agency said: “I am very pleased that with the letter of intent we further formalize and enhance the cooperation on space activities between the DLR and the LSA. The German Aerospace Center has already been a long-standing partner. Together with the DLR and other partners, we want to further develop research activities in areas such as the utilization of space resources for the benefit of humankind.”

Luxembourg to Establish Space Resources Innovation Center

  • Luxembourg Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Economy Etienne Schneider and ESA Director General Johann-Dietrich Wörner commit to strengthening international collaboration in the field of space resources research and innovation, during a visit to the European Astronaut Centre, in Cologne.
  • Europe must be an active player and create opportunities to position itself as key partner in the next space resources related activities and missions.
  • European Space Agency and the Luxembourg Space Agency have, together, identified common objectives for research and development.

LUXEMBOURG (Luxembourg Space Agency PR) — Following the setup of SpaceResources.lu initiative in 2016 to promote and develop the research, economic and legal aspects of space resources, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA) established a working group to explore the opportunities for international cooperation in the field of space resources.

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Extracting Oxygen and Metal from Lunar Regolith

Simulated lunar regolith before and after all the oxygen has been extracted from it. (Credit: Beth Lomax – University of Glasgow)

GLASGOW, Scotland (ESA PR) — On the left side of this before and after image is a pile of simulated lunar soil, or regolith; on the right is the same pile after essentially all the oxygen has been extracted from it, leaving a mixture of metal alloys. Both the oxygen and metal could be used in future by settlers on the Moon.

Samples returned from the lunar surface confirm that lunar regolith is made up of 40-45% percent oxygen by weight, its single most abundant element.

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Kleos Space Luxembourg: A Space-powered Data Business

Andy Bowyer (Credit: Luxembourg Space Agency)

Andy Bowyer, CEO and Founder of Kleos Space Luxembourg, shines a light on dark activity at sea.

Luxembourg Space Agency Q&A

Can you tell a little bit about how you ended up in the space industry?

Well, I think you can do lots of things in your life if you have a skill. An engineering skill, or a commercial skill, a marketing skill, finance, or what have you.

The important thing, however, is the context you’re working in. The work is the same, whether you’re engineering in a nuclear substation, or an automotive company. The engineering is very similar to space engineering in a lot of senses, but the context is different, and the parameters are different.

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Luxembourg, NorthStar to Cooperate on a Common Clean Space Initiative

MONTREAL (Luxembourg Space Agency PR) — During the visit of Luxembourg’s Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Economy, Étienne Schneider to the NorthStar Earth & Space headquarters in Montreal, a cooperation was launched to enable a Clean Space initiative to foster sustainability in space.

The Clean Space initiative would evaluate the use of NorthStar Earth and Space Information services with the support of Luxembourg’s insurance, financial and satellite operator communities to address some of the key issues related to space traffic management, sustainable commercialization of space activities, insurance products for space operations to promote growth in commercial space activities, and satellite operational challenges.

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Luxembourg Space Agency Approves EUR 1 Million Grant to Kleos Space

  • Further project grant funding request approved by Luxembourg Space Agency
  • Additional commitment of €1,000,000 [$1.1 million]
  • Funding toward further development of future, higher value Kleos data products
  • Total Luxembourg Space Agency funding commitment to date – €2,958,000 [$3.3 million]

LUXEMBOURG, 14 June 2019 (Kloes Space PR) — Kleos Space S.A. (ASX: KSS, Frankfurt: KS1), a space-powered Radio Frequency Reconnaissance data provider, announces that the Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA) has approved an additional EUR €1,000,000 [$1.1 million]] financial grant (non-equity) support for data product development.

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Canada’s exactEarth Signs Launch Service Agreement with Arianespace.

PARIS (ESA PR) — The first commercial microsatellite developed under ESA’s SAT‐AIS programme for tracking ships, called ESAIL, has passed another milestone. On 9 May its Canadian operator exactEarth signed the launch service agreement with Arianespace.ESAIL is part of ESA’s Partnership Projects and has been developed to enhance the next generation of space‐based services for the maritime sector. The spacecraft will track ship movements over the entire globe as it orbits the planet.

Satellite coverage is essential as about 90% of global trade takes place on the oceans. It opens the door to enhanced safety, tracking ships and route provisions for industry, government and maritime authorities.

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