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LSA and LIST join forces to create the European Space Resources Innovation Centre (ESRIC)

Published Wednesday August 19 2020

On 4 August 2020, a cooperation agreement was signed between the Ministry of the Economy, as the supervisory body of the Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA) , and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) to create a European Space Resources Innovation Centre (ESRIC) in Luxembourg by the end of 2020.   

The creation of ESRIC is part of the Government initiative launched in 2016 to establish an ecosystem favorable to the development of activities related to the exploration and use of space resources. For its part, since early 2019, ESA has been implementing its own strategy regarding the use of space resources, recognising their importance for sustainable space exploration as well as their economic and scientific potential.

Unique of its kind, ESRIC's long term objective is to become an independent innovation centre with an international vocation whose open research structure will allow the integration of other European players, public or private in this field, to constitute a hub of excellence for space resources in Europe.

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