WASHINGTON — Agreements with NASA and the European Space Agency are the latest steps by the government of Luxembourg to support its emerging space resources industry.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Marc Serres, chief executive of the Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA), signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) Oct. 22 to discuss potential collaboration in NASA’s exploration plans. That agreement outlined cooperation in several areas, from space-related applications to utilization of space resources.
The MOU stems from a separate space cooperation agreement between the governments of Luxembourg and the United States signed in May. “Our aim is to really develop together all kinds of new activities in space,” Étienne Schneider, deputy prime minister of Luxembourg, said in an Oct. 22 interview during the 70th International Astronautical Congress.
The agreement is part of a broader effort to build links between the space industries of the two countries. “We’re trying to bring U.S. companies together with Luxembourg-based companies and see how they can cooperate,” he said. That cooperation, he added, could allow American companies to work on ESA programs and have Luxembourg companies participate in NASA’s Artemis program to return humans to the moon.
The NASA agreement comes four days after Luxembourg signed ...