Luxembourg space policy Luxembourg joined the space adventure in 1985 through the creation of the Société Européenne des Satellites (SES), a satellite telecommunications pioneer that is now a major player in this sector.This successful venture has led not only to the development and growth of SES, but also to the emergence of an entire space industry in Luxembourg. The second major step in positioning the country in the space sector was completed by Luxembourg’s accession to the European Space Agency (ESA). This membership, preceded by a cooperation agreement on the telecommunications program of the Agency (ARTES), became effective on 30 June 2005. That day, Luxembourg became the 17th Member state of ESA. In addition to providing development opportunities and highlighting the technological capabilities of national actors, this accession has confirmed the Luxembourg Government's determination to promote the country as a hub for innovative projects in advanced technologies. In that aim, Luxembourg, via the Ministry of the Economy, has developed a space policy whose main objectives are to: contribute to the diversification and sustainability of economic activities in Luxembourg consolidate and enhance existing skills in the field of telecommunications and media, and ground systems extend skills in the sector give an international dimension to the activities through the access to international networks Achieving these objectives requires the implementation of financial resources at European and national levels. At European level: Increase of the contribution of Luxembourg in ESA programmes for the current budget period. This increase affects not only the budget on areas of historical interest for Luxembourg, such as telecommunications, but also new contributions in the areas of Earth Observation, Navigation, Technology and Security. Provision at ESA level of a budget to implement a national space programme. These budgets allow for: The players in Luxembourg to access this space market that has high specificities and requires high level entrance tickets: from a technical point of view due to the high technical environment of space. from a legitimacy point of view. Indeed, access to activities is only possible if known and recognised by major historical actors in this sector. The creation of heritage is the only possible way to gain this legitimacy. Luxembourg young graduates to enter the training programme of ESA. At national level: Provision of a budget dedicated to national studies with the objective to explore new markets in which the Luxembourg players are likely to position themselves (LuxLAUNCH). Provision of a budget dedicated to the development of bi- or multi-lateral cooperation with major space actors outside Luxembourg.