CAPE CANAVERAL: On January 31, 2018, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 40 carrying GovSat-1. The satellite, built by Orbital-ATK, is the first satellite of GovSat, a public private partnership between the Government of Luxembourg and the world-leading satellite operator SES.
Members of Luxembourg’s royal family attend the launch of GOVSat-1 atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket. Photo credit: Bill Jelen / We Report Space
Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of the Economy, said, “Luxembourg has delivered on our pledge to increase our defense spending as a NATO ally in line with our defense commitments. We are thus providing an efficient and reliable solution for satellite communications that meets the increasingly sophisticated demands of our NATO allies. We are leveraging the competences of the Luxembourg space industry, which enjoys a great reputation worldwide and is further being developed through Luxembourg’s SpaceResources.lu initiative.”
Also in attendance for the launch were His Royal Highness, Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg and Her Royal Highness Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg. They appeared at SLC-40 on the morning of January 30 for a photo opportunity with the rocket. They later ...