Space The space industry is a key high-tech sector for Luxembourg. SES, the world’s leading medias and telecommunications group, was established in Luxembourg in 1985 to provide the pioneering satellite-based communication services for which it has since become renowned throughout Europe and around the world. Luxembourg’s business development policy resulted in a significant concentration of dynamic space-related companies in the country. Many highly advanced technology companies now operate in the Luxembourg space sector, such as EURO-COMPOSITES, GRADEL, HITEC Luxembourg and LuxSpace to name but a few. The industry today encompasses more than 25 companies and 2 public research organisations (Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) and the University of Luxembourg), covering various domains that include: The space segment, manufacturing of satellite and instrument structures (Euro-Composites), system integration of micro-satellites (LuxSpace), electric propulsion for satellites The ground segment, ground stations development (SES and HITEC Luxembourg), mechanical and electrical ground support equipment (GRADEL and SES), communication networks (POST and Telindus) The service segment, teleport services (SES and POST), satellite broadband services (SES), risk management services (LIST/ERIN, SES, HITEC Luxembourg), AIS services (LuxSpace) ESA programmes and national support Official member of the European Space Agency (ESA) since 2005, Luxembourg has been providing financial, operational and intellectual support and infrastructures in order to help Luxembourg-based companies and research organisations gain access to innovation within the space sector. The government is investing heavily in a number of ESA programmes of special relevance to Luxembourg, in particular in the field of telecommunications. In addition, the government set up a series of national support measures dedicated to the space sector: LuxLAUNCH, LuxIMPULSE and LuxYGT. Luxinnovation is the National Contact Point for space matters. The Agency encourages innovative activities and collaboration within European research programmes through the Luxembourg Space Cluster. Networking, partnerships and support The Luxembourg Space Cluster supports the private and public organisations of the space technologies sector in Luxembourg. Its objectives are to expose the Luxembourg space capabilities on the international scene and to promote synergy and cooperation at the national and international level through collaborative research, development and innovation projects. The Luxembourg Space Cluster focuses on the following thematic areas: Space telecommunications Global Navigation Satellite System and Location based Applications Earth observation Maritime security and safety Space related technologies GLAE (Groupement luxembourgeois de l’aéronautique et de l’espace), an industry group for the aeronautic and space industry, provides a permanent link between its members, advising them and defending their shared professional, economic and social interests at a national and international level. GLAE is a partner of the government for addressing all questions in relation to initiatives taken by the authorities in the frame of ESA programmes and the establishment of a space policy in Luxembourg.