Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Étienne Schneider is leading an economic mission to the United States chaired by HRH the Hereditary Grand Duke, accompanied by Her Royal Highness the Hereditary Grand Duchess which runs from 9 to 13 April.
The mission is dedicated exclusively to the space sector, and will take in Seattle, the largest city in the state of Washington and northwestern United States, as well as San Francisco in California. The business delegation accompanying the Grand-Ducal heir and the Deputy Prime Minister consists of senior representatives of the Luxembourg space industry.
The programme includes events presenting Luxembourg as a location for potential investors, as well as visits to US companies and scientific institutes to learn about the latest trends as well as the developments and opportunities of the sector Space. The mission is to seek new business opportunities and promote the SpaceResources.lu initiative, which aims to position Luxembourg as a European platform for the exploration and use of resources in space .
The delegation will visit the headquarters of Planetary Resources in Seattle, one of the American companies that have chosen Luxembourg to conduct its European operations as part of the SpaceResources initiative, and Space Systems Loral, a leading manufacturer of telecommunications and space systems for a wide variety of government and commercial customers, including SES.
The delegation will then participate in the “New Technologies and Space Exploration” conference, moderated by astronaut Ed Lu, CEO of the B612 Foundation. Speakers at the conference include experts who have worked for companies such as SpaceX, Blue Origin and Google.
A guided tour will then take place at the DFJ Venture Capital to acquaint with the collection of space objects belonging to Steve Jurvetson, a renowned venture capitalist who will host the Hereditary Grand-Ducal couple, Étienne Schneider and remainder of the delegation.
On Wednesday, the group will visit the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, in the heart of Silicon Valley, followed by interviews with senior representatives of US companies specialising in the development of advanced space technologies. The companies Made In Space, Skycorp, Astro Digital, Audacy, Leolabs and Spire will present their activities.
The Ministry of Economy will then invite the space seminar entitled “Developing New Markets in Space”. The keynote speech to the round table on this topic will be delivered by Simon Pete Worden of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, former director of the Ames Research Center and a member of the Advisory Board of the SpaceResources.lu initiative. The event will be followed by a reception.
On the last day of the mission, the delegation will visit the SETI research institute in Mountain View where scientists from this private institute supported by NASA will present various experimental projects related to space resources and space meteorology in an international context.