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. With the Spaceresources.lu initiative, Luxembourg today aims to contribute to the peaceful exploration and sustainable utilisation of Space resources for the benefit of humankind. Since July 2017, the country provides a unique legal, regulatory and business environment enabling private investors and companies to explore and use Space resources. Luxembourg’s vision is built on support for advanced research activities and technological capabilities, drawing on the country’s existing expertise in the space sector and its ongoing strategy of economic diversification into future-oriented high-tech industries. The sector today includes many companies, as well as two 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, system integration of micro-satellites, electric propulsion for satellites; The ground segment, ground stations development, mechanical and electrical ground support equipment, communication networks; The service segment, teleport services, satellite broadband services, risk management services, AIS services. 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. Networking, partnerships and support 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.