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2 mins read 04 Feb 2020

NSW and the Luxembourg Space Agency sign MOU

New Memorandum of Understanding signed between New South Wales Government and the Luxembourg Space Agency

Illustration of a cubesat in orbit with 4 antenna sitcking out of it
Artist impression of the UNSW-EC0 CubeSat. Credit: Jamie Tufrey/UNSW.

The State of New South Wales (NSW) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Luxembourg Space Agency, establishing a framework of cooperation between both entities that will allow and encourage the collaboration of space-related activities.

NSW, already home to 40% of Australia’s space industry, which excels in research, robotics, automation, mining technology and services and a range of space capabilities will work with the ambitious European-based space agency in the fields of exploration, exploitation, and utilisation of space resources.

In addition, the two entities will work collaboratively in space applications in fields such as high-tech instrumentation, ground communications and services, smart payloads development, space and intra-space communications and commercialisation of space data. Space policy and law are also on the agenda.

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said, “NSW already excels in mining technology and services, including smart sensor systems, robotics and automation, and this MoU will help the State build and deliver on its world-leading research in such areas as space resource utilisation”.

The MoU is an outcome of Mr. Ayres and Luxembourg’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy Etienne Schneider’s space industry meeting during Mr. Schneider’s visit to Sydney in November 2019.

Minister Schneider said: “The cooperation with NSW is yet another driver behind Luxembourg’s ambition to become a European hub for the exploration and use of space resources. We are focused on supporting a sustainable ecosystem for the space industry and offering a platform in Europe for commercial space development.”

Luxembourg’s space industry – now in its fourth decade, participates actively across the European space sector in research, development activities and support industry providing products and services in areas such as telecommunications, earth observation, navigation, and security.