During a visit to the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany, on Friday, deputy prime minister Etienne Schneider (LSAP) announced the creation of an innovation centre dedicated to space resources.
Economy minister Étienne Schneider speaking with Frank De Winne, head of ESA's European Astronaut Centre (EAC)
Photo: Luxembourg Space Agency
The Luxembourg Space Resources Research Centre aims to further R&D, particularly in the realm of extraction, processing and manufacturing, according to the Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA).
The LSA and the European Space Agency (ESA) together have identified a number of areas for continued partnership, having previously established a working group to look into space resources opportunities on an international level.
In addition to further R&D, the two organisations envision future areas of collaboration to include business incubation, knowledge and community management and in-situ resrouce utilisation research, which addresses a need of finding and using resources, such as fuel, at the critical moment of need--that is, in space--in a bid to make such endeavours more affordable.