New Space

Improving and exploiting space technologies

Since the creation of SES in 1985, the space industry has grown exponentially in Luxembourg. Today, Luxembourg has over 30 companies in the space industry located across its territory covering a wide range of activities: technological development, the design and integration of micro-satellites, terrestrial infrastructure development, and support services. Luxembourg has been a member of the European Space Agency (ESA) since 2005, and is one of the largest financial contributors per capita, evidence of the government’s willingness to invest strategically in the development of the space industry.

Unique of its kind, the European Space Resources Innovation Centre (ESRIC) is a joint initiative between LIST, the Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA) and the European Space Agency (ESA). As a new department within LIST, it aims to become the internationally recognised centre of expertise for scientific, technical, business and economic aspects related to the use of space resources for human and robotic exploration, as well as for a future in-space economy.

More information on ESRIC

Smart Space’s lines of business involve:

Precision agriculture

LIST is providing tools and data to optimise agricultural management, particularly crops, based on earth observation data combined with data obtained from drones and terrestrial data.

Resource management and natural risks

Thanks to the integration of satellite, airborne, and field-based satellite imaging data, LIST offers solutions in the field of resource management and natural risks, in particular, flood management. 

High performance material

LIST offers new solutions in terms of the development of materials that meet the requirements of the space industry, particularly in terms of (multi-)functionality, lightness, and sustainability. 

Space instrumentation

LIST is developing compact and lightweight high-performance mass spectrometers, that present a number of key features that are of highest interest for space applications. These spectrometers can be integrated into satellites, landers or rovers. LIST is active in several space projects involving mass spectrometers in collaboration with partners such as NASA, ESA and private companies.

Our main partners: ESA, NASA, Aurea Imaging, Airbus Defence and Space, CNES, Convis, Geoville, Luxspace, Cybercultus, Thales Aliena Space, Terra Sphere, HITEC Luxembourg, GVSE Lux, Earth Lab, SES, Luxembourg Space Cluster, Green Vision, Telops-Canada, Aerovision BV.


Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)

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L-4362 Esch-sur-Alzette

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