Luxembourg Space Initiatives

Analysis

Luxembourg Space Initiative

Space exploration, resource utilization and potentially the population of space has fascinated humans for a long time dating back to the days before Galileo. Today, with the joint effort of governments, agencies, NGOs, and commercial companies, access to space has come closer and even become part of our daily life.

Just like its size, space possesses seemingly unlimited potential. Now it is a matter of exploring the different opportunities and bringing the benefits back down to earth or leveraging them to advance further into space.
As the industry is rapidly growing, it is important to keep an overview of the different companies and sectors served in Luxembourg.

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The space companies in Luxembourg are classified in the following four segments:

  • The Space Segment companies – including manufacturing of satellite and instrument structures, system integration of micro-satellites, electric propulsion for satellites, robotic payloads, in-space manufacturing, composites, Radio Frequency (RF) payloads and Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA).
  • The Ground Segment companies – including ground station development, mechanical and electrical ground support equipment, communication networks and operations.
  • The Service Segment companies – including teleport services, satellite-based media, and telecommunications services as well as risk management services.
  • The Other Segments companies – including companies that do not classify in any of the above but are an essential piece of the Luxembourg space environment.

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THE SPACE SEGMENT COMPANIES

Company Name

Inception

Country of Origin

People

CREACTION

1993

Luxembourg

5-10

The Company is active in industrial innovation and in particular integrating Space and innovating technology in non-space industrial sector

CubeRover S.à r.l.

2018

Luxembourg

1-10

The company will set up operations in Luxembourg to develop rovers weighing as little as two kilograms for lunar exploration (spin off company of the US Astrobotic Technology)

Deep Space Industries Europe S.à r.l. (acquired by Bradford Space)

2015

USA

10-20

Clean propulsion system - The company signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation within the spaceresources.lu initiative planning the exploration, use and commercialization of resources from Near Earth Objects (NEOs), such as asteroids. The company has a Lux branch. It was recently acquired by Bradford Space

EURO-COMPOSITES S.A.

1984

Luxembourg

200+

The EC-Group is a global player in the field of advanced and demanding composites products

e-Xstream engineering (L) S.à r.l.

2004

Luxembourg

51-200

The Company is a leading global software and engineering services company, fully focused on state-of-the-art modelling of advanced composite materials and structures. It helps material suppliers and end-users across the industries to design and manufacture optimal composite products time and cost efficiently

GRADEL Services S.A.

1965

Luxembourg

75-80

The Company is involved in mechanical engineering and manufacturing

Ispace

2017

Japan

100+

ispace provides transport to and on the Moon. They offer payload space and data solutions for scientists looking to better understand other planetary bodies, engineering support to make products space ready and sponsorship opportunities for brands seeking partnerships with exploration and high technology

Maana Electric

2018

Luxembourg

1-20

Maana uses its proprietary In-Situ Resource Utilisation (ISRU) technologies developed for the space industry to revolutionise the way in which solar panels are procuced, on Earth and in space

Made in Space Europe S.à r.l.

2018

Luxembourg

1-10

Development & sale of robotic arms for space applications

Molecular Plasma Group

2016

Belgium

1-10

Develop customized, REACH-compliant solutions

Odysseus Space

2019

Luxembourg

1-10

Satellite development - Moving its HQ to Lux in 2019 - Won Lux Space Agency prize

OQ TECHNOLOGY

2016

Luxembourg

1-10

Providing global 5G Internet-of-Things telecommunication services through non-terrestrial networks.

Offworld

2016

USA

11-50

Research and development in the field of extreme environment industrial robotics

Saturne technology

2001

Luxembourg

11-50

Components manufacturing by laser

Space Cargo Unlimited

2014

Luxembourg

1-5

Operate a variety of pressurised third parties' vehicles for round-trip missions to Low Earth Orbit

SPARC Industries S.à r.l.

2017

Luxembourg

1-10

Our core business is based on our core skills as experts in the field of plasma physics and technologies. Our target markets are space (predominantly satellite propulsion) and non-space (predominantly surface treatment process at low pressures as well as microflow technologies)

THE GROUND SEGMENT COMPANIES

Company Name

Inception

Country of Origin

People

Amphinicy Technologies

2002

Croatia

11-50

The company is a provider of complex, tailor-made quality software solutions and all-round software support for the satellite industry

Cislunar Industries

2017

Luxembourg

1-10

CisLunar Industries is a space resources startup focused on developing and deploying hardware and software solutions to process metal-based materials in space

FTA Communication Technologies S.à r.l.

1999

Luxembourg

11-50

The Company is a global leading developer and supplier of satellite broadcast reception and streaming solutions for the worldwide DTH market with expertise in antenna systems

HITEC Luxembourg S.A.

1991

Luxembourg

11-50

The company offers, among others, satellite ground segment technology as well as innovative satellite based products and ICT services to support public safety services in case of crisis or disasters

Post Luxembourg

1842

Luxembourg

200+

POST Luxembourg is Luxembourg’s leading telecommunications and information services company, with one of the most well-known names in Luxembourg. It was founded in 1842, and has operated as a public enterprise since 1992

SES

1985

Luxembourg

200+

SES is the world-leading satellite operator and the first to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide, with more than 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 16 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). SES focuses on value-added, end-to-end solutions in two key business units: SES Video and SES Network

Telindus

1978

Luxembourg

200+

Telindus Luxembourg is a Proximus company and, through Telindus Telecom, the Group’s enterprise operator in Luxembourg. It provides solutions to a variety of private and public sector companies. Its areas of expertise include enterprise networks and connectivity (national and international), datacentres, systems, storage, security, collaboration, applications and mobility. In the Space domain, Telindus positions itself in activities related to Security, Virtualisation, Routing and Switching

Thales Alenia Space - a Joint Venture between Thales (67 %) and Leonardo (33 %)

2019

France

200+

Thales Alenia Space in Luxembourg will focus on the development of highly innovative digital solutions for space telecommunications and observation products

THE SERVICE SEGMENT COMPANIES

Company Name

Inception

Country of Origin

People

adwaïsEO S.A.

2015

France

1-10

Data collection, storage and management, long-term archiving, data hub, (pre-)proccessing, access and distribution (incl. portals), with focus on data security

Aistech Space

2017

Spain

11-50

Satellite developmemt, data management

Cybercultus S.A.

1999

Luxembourg

1-10

Cybercultus focuses on providing the entertainment, cultural heritage and sustainable tourism sectors with innovative digital communication and content solutions

Databourg Systems S.à r.l.-S

2017

Luxembourg

1-10

The Company's core competencies is data analytics using signals/data from Satellite Communication Networks

DRONELAB Holding S.à r.l.

2013

Luxembourg

1-10

Specialised in aerial photography, measures and aerial films via the use of drones

EarthLab Luxembourg S.A.

2015

Luxembourg

1-10

The Company develops a highly flexible and data centric platform that allows to deal with the landscape of global risks

EBRC S.A.

1999

Luxembourg

51-200

Guidance and advisory in the management of operational risks, information security, business continuity, IT services and IT outsourcing

GomSpace Luxembourg S.à r.l.

2017

Sweden

1-10

The Company is developing a centre for operations in Luxembourg as a service for nanosatellite (mega)-constellations on behalf of customers of the GomSpace Group

GovSat S.A.

2015

Luxembourg

11-50

Providing secure, reliable and accessible satellite communication services for governments

Hydrosat S.à r.l.

2018

Luxembourg

1-10

HQ and R&D moved to Lux - This is a company specializing in data analytics using thermal infrared satellite imagery

Imagination Factory Lux S.à.r.l.

2016

Luxembourg

1-10

The Company has developed a platform called U learning which enables the collaboration between remote students and classrooms using a dedicated satellite layer which takes care of seamless content synchronization and live experience management

itrust consulting

2007

Luxembourg

11-50

itrust consulting s.à r.l., a 10-years-old, recognised actor in Luxembourg’s and Europe’s Information Security field, consults its customers coming from public, financial, and private sector to protect their information against divulgation, manipulations and unavailability

Kleos

2017

Luxembourg

15-20

Kleos Space has two core business areas: Global-Activity Based Intelligence as a Service (G-ABI Mission) and In-Space Manufacturing technology (ISM). They operate satellites that generate unique, Activity-Based Intelligence and sell Data as a Service (DaaS) internationally via subscription to government agencies, the intelligence community, end users and/or businesses interested in locating threats, assets or targets

Luxsense geodata S.à r.l.

2015

Luxembourg

1-10

Main objective of the Company is to use innovative techniques from earth observation in research projects and to render services for the acquisition of reliable geodata

OQ Technology

2016

Luxembourg

1-10

OQ TECHNOLOGY provides the world’s first universal “plug & play” Internet of Things device. Our business proposition is to use low-cost satellite infrastructure to connect sensors, devices and measurement units in remote and sparsely connected areas, where there is no cellular network or WiFi

Picterra

2016

Switzerland

11-50

Picterra, a Swiss company, provides a geospatial cloud-based-platform specially designed for training deep learning based detectors, quickly and securely.

RSS-Hydro S.à r.l.-S

2017

Luxembourg

1-10

R&D in remote sensing applications in flooding and hydrodynamics

Space 4 environment

2007

Luxembourg

1-10

space4environment is an independently owned SME focusing on adding the environmental dimension to Earth Observation in the land domain, respectively “using space data to provide space for the environment” as expressed in the company’s motto

SPARC Industries Sarl

2017

Luxembourg

1-10

Development of satellite propulsion system and EP simulation software.

Spire

2018

USA

51-200

Spire is a next generation data and predictive analytics company that collects data from space to solve problems on Earth. Spire identifies, tracks and predicts the movement of the world’s resources and weather systems

OTHER SEGMENTS COMPANIES

Company Name

Inception

Country of Origin

People

Blue Horizon S.à r.l.

2017

Germany

1-10

A start-up of a large German company OHB SE: life research activities in space

Foersom S.à r.l.

2010

Luxembourg

1-10

The Company is a specialist in engineering and flight service for multirotor UAS applications

LuxInov S.à r.l.

2000

Luxembourg

1-10

The company specialises in the development of high-tech adhesives that meet severe constraints, including resistance to very high temperatures, characteristics of cohesion in damp environments, assembly of poorly compatible materials, absorption of expansion and flexion when used in cold conditions

Luxtrust S.A

2005

Luxembourg

51-200

LuxTrust provides IT security services and is a trusted third party certified & qualified according to the European regulation (eIDAS) governing digital identity and trust services in the European Market

Skyflox

2018

Netherlands

1-10

Develop the ESA patented concept of ORCA: Optical and RF Constellations on Aicraft

LuxSpace S.à r.l.

2004

Luxembourg

65-70

Subs of OHB - The company provides know-how, expertise as well as products and services to the European and global institutional and industrial market in the fields of space and defense system engineering

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