CubeRover sets up robotic rover shop in Luxembourg

CubeRover, the robotic rover company spun off from Astrobotic earlier this year, is opening up an office in Luxembourg. CubeRover offers a small-scale standardized planetary rover platform that the company hopes will revolutionize mobile robotic access on the Moon. The company was one of three recently announced to be opening business in Luxembourg. The new headquarters will act as a one-stop shop for its customers and as a hub for

Luxembourg space agency will chase New Space business, not research

The Luxembourg Grand Duchy government has formed the country’s first space agency, as it continues to pursue leadership in commercial space. The newly formed Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA) has been charged with promoting further economic development of the country’s nascent space industry by attracting businesses, offering innovative financial solutions and establishing research infrastructure. Marc Serres, former head of space affairs at the Ministry of the Economy and VP of
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Germany joins growing list of countries interested in setting space mining laws

In August 2018, the Federal Association of German Industry (BDI) released a position paper outlining the need for Germany to establish a legal framework now for future space mining missions. BDI has called for Germany to create national space laws similar to those established in Luxembourg to promote private investment and innovation among Germany’s commercial space sector for space mining technologies. Germany has a variety of commercial space companies developing

Governments step up funding for private space startups

Last year proved to be a seminal year for the commercial space industry, and there’s no signs of things cooling down in 2018.  So far, the explosion of investment made in private space companies has been largely focused on launch vehicles. According to a Space Angels’ report, 72% of capital invested in space went to launch capabilities in 2017. But in 2018, we’re seeing more funding and support pop up
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Luxembourg secures role as hub of space mining with new legislation

Luxembourg’s government, determined to make the country the locus of future space mining operations, passed a law last week outlining the necessary legal framework to enable the commercial exploration and operations related to finding and extracting resources from near Earth objects such as asteroids. “Luxembourg is the first adopter in Europe of a legal and regulatory framework recognizing that space resources are capable of being owned by private companies,” Étienne