Several ESA members are trying to establish an ARTES X programme within the ESA ARTES framework. Their objective is to develop a Small GEO Satellite. This commercial product serving European and global needs in the fields of telecommunication is due to be used for earth observation and science in the future. Luxembourg is ready to subscribe to this programme and become a leading partner if its industry declares sufficient interest in the development of the associated space and ground segments.
A 2-year impact assessment of Marie Curie fellowships under the FP4 and FP5 has concluded that the scheme plays an important role in consolidating researchers' scientific careers. Of the post-graduate and post-doctoral fellows who took part in the scheme from 1994 to 2002, 90% were still active in paid research at the time of the impact assessment. Furthermore, 68% of respondents said that following their fellowship they now enjoy a higher level of responsibility in their work.
Luxembourg became the 17th member Country of the European Space Agency in June 2005, following the ratification of the ESA Convention. The ESA-Luxembourg Task Force gathering representatives from both ESA and the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg has a programmatic role: it advises the Director General of ESA on the implementation of the transitional measures. Contracts will be signed with Luxembourg firms, institutions and universities after the issuing of call for ideas like this 1st one. .../...