European Commission Space Programme

European Commission Space Programme, June 8th 2018

The European commission had proposed on Wednesday that the EU make a large rise in investment in its space programmes from €12bn over the last seven years to €16bn for 2021 to 2027.

–          Galileo i EGNOS9.7 bn,

–          Copernicus5.8 bn,

–          Safety programmes, €500 mil,

–          GOVSATCOM – civil defense,

–           SSA/SSTSpace Situational Awareness (SSA) / Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST) .

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Russia, Kazakhstan and the UAE discuss collaboration in the space industry

During the trilateral meeting between the representatives of Russia, Kazakhstan and the UAE, the parties discussed opportunities for the improvement of joint investment projects in the space industry with application of high-tech innovation developments. The meeting was held within the framework of the XV International Aerospace Exhibition Dubai Air Show – 2017.

During the meeting, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan (UAE) expressed interest in considering the possibility of the UAE participation in the joint Russian-Kazakhstan project Baiterek. The Baiterek Rocket and Space Complex set to launch in 2025, is a joint-venture project between Russia And Kazakhstan. The project is based on the existing infrastructure of the Zenit space and rocket complex at the Baikonur Cosmodrome and the Phoenix, the promising medium-range carrier rocket that will be created by Russia within the Federal Space Program starting in 2018. The Russian side will be responsible for creating a new carrier rocket and the Kazakh side is responsible for modernizing the Zenit’s existing launch and technical complexes.

In order to develop a further strategy and coordination of activities, an agreement was reached on the establishment of a tripartite working group for the development of joint projects in the space sector.

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The space industry is now 2% of Luxebourg’s GDP

Luxembourg, one of Europe’s smallest countries is gradually becoming a giant in the space industry.

With a population of just over 590.000, Luxemourg now generates nearly 2 percent of its annual GDP ($61 billion in 2016 ) from the space industry, according to Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider.

Luxembourg’s sights are set on resources in space, and the country’s “space resources initiative” is plans to make the most out of a quickly growing global industry, Schneider says. “It’s a series of measures to position Luxembourg as the European heart of exploration and use of space resources.”

Space mining is Luxembourg’s present focus, but it is not the country’s first encounter with the space industry. In 1985, Luxembourg launched a public-private partnership with satellite builder SES. While Schneider said he believes the satellite business has not reached a negative trend, he does not anticipate the space industry growing beyond the 2 percent GDP mark any time soon.

You can read more about the Deputy Prime Minister’s comments via this link.