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.
The creation of ESRIC follows a Memorandum of Cooperation that was signed between ESA and Luxembourg in November 2019. It is part of the Luxembourg government initiative SpaceResources.lu, which was launched in 2016 in order to create a favourable ecosystem for the development of activities related to the exploration and use of space resources.
Official website: www.esric.lu
While research will cover the full value chain, it will initially focus on advancing knowledge and technologies for extracting oxygen from lunar regolith. In the future, activities will also encompass other sections of the value chain.
ESRIC’s research activities will focus on four main areas:
ESRIC’s laboratories and testing facilities will be located at LIST’s premises in Belvaux Luxembourg with dedicated office space for staff, contractors and external users associated to the projects.
During the initial phase, research facilities will provide the following capabilities:
The centre’s activities will be supported by the establishment of ISRU dedicated laboratories that provide users with both standard and bespoke equipment.