- European Space Agency (ESA)
The European Space Agency is an intergovernmental organisation dedicated to space activities.
The purpose of the Agency is to provide for and to promote, for exclusively peaceful purposes, cooperation among European States in space research and technology and their space applications, with a view to those being used for scientific purposes and for operational space applications systems.
The Ministry of the Economy of the Government of Luxembourg is responsible for the diversification of Luxembourg’s economy through the support of innovative activities. Its directorate of Space Affairs defines and implements Luxembourg’s national space policy. It represents Luxembourg at the European Space Agency and at the bodies of the European Union regarding space affairs. It also coordinates the new SpaceResources.lu initiative by defining and implementing the different actions of the strategy.
The Ministry of the Economy of Luxembourg announced the SpaceResources.lu initiative with a vision to contribute to the peaceful exploration and sustainable utilization of space resources for the benefit of humankind. Therefore Luxembourg devised a complete strategy to position the country as a hub for commercial activities targeting the utilization of space resources.
- Stevenson Astrosat
Astrosat is a highly innovative space solutions services company based in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Astrosat’s core belief is that any societal, business or engineering challenge can be solved or supported by space technologies – innovation, cooperation and technology transfer are the key. A 5-time winner of the Copernicus Masters and European Satellite Navigation Competition and prime contractor on multiple larger ESA, EC and UK Space Agency contracts, Astrosat is now working with Sierra Nevada and the International Space Station (ISS) to complement its global customer base.
- Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County, Alabama
The Huntsville/Madison County Chamber in Alabama USA is the lead economic development organization for the aerospace industry hub and home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.
Known as The Rocket City, Huntsville is a recognized leader in propulsion for launch and space exploration and has a rich history in space science and applications, dating back to America’s first science satellite, Explorer 1.
By using new commercial concepts in the space sector, Airbus Defence and Space establishes itself as European market leader in technology and industrial development.
Airbus Defence and Space welcomes the opportunity to connect with external innovators through this competition in order to shape the future of the new space economy together.
- Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is a leading science and technology company in healthcare, life science and performance materials. Around 50,000 employees work to further develop technologies that improve and enhance life – from biopharmaceutical therapies to treat cancer or multiple sclerosis, cutting-edge systems for scientific research and production, to liquid crystals for smartphones and LCD televisions.
Founded in 1668, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company. The founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed corporate group. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany holds the global rights to the Merck name and brand. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the company operates as EMD Serono, MilliporeSigma and EMD Performance Materials.
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