After failing to start yesterday due to technical and meteorological problems, the satellite GovSat-1 was successfully launched into orbit aboard a SpaceX rocket at Cape Canaveral on Wednesday 31 January.
Xavier Bettel took a selfie with Prince Guillaume and Princess Stéphanie at the launch of the GovSat-1 satellite.
Prince Guillaume and Princess Stéphanie, the prime minister Xavier Bettel and the economy and defence minister Etienne Schneider all travelled to Florida to witness the launch.
The satellite will be operated by GovSat, a public-private joint venture created in 2015 between the Luxembourg state and SES. Its mission is to provide secure and reliable satellite communication capabilities for both military and civilian purposes to meet growing demands in the institutional and defense fields.