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Translated PaperJam article by Jean-Michel Gaudron Luxembourg is set to be the world centre for Asteroid Day on June 30 of this year; a day of information and education under the aegis of the United Nations. This offers Luxembourg an additional opportunity to set its course in the space sector where the country is becoming increasingly important. Q – Minister Schneider, is directing the operations of the next Asteroid Day on 30 June a way for Luxembourg to once again take the lead in the field of space initiatives? A - "Certainly, yes. We also hope to convince the leaders of this association to move their headquarters from the United States to Luxembourg and we are in discussion on this matter. It is important to see that this United Nations Day is also aimed at the entire space community, and it is essential for them to see what Luxembourg's commitment in this field can be. This is obviously crucial to our brand image and it also demonstrates the seriousness of our space resource initiatives. “It is quite possible that the Luxembourgish language may be the official language of space in the future.” Schneider, Minister of the Economy Q - This Luxembourg Spaceresources.lu initiative made some people smile at the beginning. But does Luxembourg now have the last laugh? A - "It is clear that no one is smiling any longer. On the contrary, there is a real shared satisfaction that a country has taken the lead on this issue. In 2016, a report commissioned by Prime Minister Manuel Valls on the French space sector cites Luxembourg's good example in this field many times. We have contacts all over the world, from the United States to Japan. Moreover, we will soon be communicating about a Japanese company active in this sector. Not a single day goes by without international media contacting us about this. This week, an Australian television team was present in Luxembourg. We now occupy more space in space than on Earth!  And I often say to all those who do not yet speak Luxembourgish that they should better begin learning it, because this may well be the official language of space tomorrow. Q – What will Asteroid Day be like in Luxembourg? A - "We have not yet finalised the programme, but we will work together with the National Museum of Natural History to organise events with school classes. We will also try to have astronauts here who can talk with people. Q - What are the implications for the country? A –"First and foremost, additional visibility. But it will also clearly constitute another brick in the construction of our project. If we have launched the idea of ​​a specific legal framework for the future exploitation and use of space resources, it is because it didn’t exist anywhere else. Obviously, we support the development of a new 'Space Act' at the UN level. Being the first to move has made others get going too. What is clear is that nothing can be done without close cooperation between countries. It is now necessary to find the countries most involved and structure all the actions, in order to avoid everyone doing the same or spending huge sums for things that have already been done.” “Being the first to move has made others move.”  Étienne Schneider, Minister of the Economy Q - Should the European Space Agency (ESA) take over in terms of coordination? A - "For two years, with my Swiss counterpart, I chaired the European Space Agency. When I first started talking about the subject, no one was interested. But in the meantime, we have seen that there is a real motivation and a real interest on the part of many countries. Now the ESA is clearly on our side and we are working hand in hand with the agency's director, Johann-Dietrich Wörner. Q - What about the future of the AIM (Asteroid Impact Mission) project jointly proposed by ESA and NASA but rejected last December at the ESA ministerial meeting in Lucerne? A - "This is an important project, in order to give us all the means to avoid the impact of an asteroid on Earth. NASA is in charge of shooting on this celestial body to deviate it from its trajectory, while the ESA’s task is to observe is what is happening on this asteroid. The project was indeed rejected because of lack of funding. A minimum of 140 million euros would be needed to get it started. Luxembourg has given its approval 20 twenty million. Other countries followed, but not enough, most notably Germany, without whom nothing can be done. Nothing is definitely buried and we will continue these discussions. I must also meet Brigitte Zypries, the German Minister for the Energy and the Economy, who has just been appointed. She was formerly Secretary of State and rather favourable to this project. I hope that, having become a minister, she will have the freedom to make it happen. In any case it is important to be able to do so, because unlike most research projects in the field of space, this one really interests and speaks to people. It is something concrete! If you tell people that dinosaurs no longer exist on Earth because of climatic change caused by an asteroid or that, in more recent times, there were 1,500 people injured in Russia because of the fall of another asteroid, then it is possible to interest and involve people. That is why it is so politically essential to finalise this project. "
SES S.A. (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) and Gilat Satellite Networks (NASDAQ, TASE: GILT) today announced a strategic collaboration focused on delivering affordable connectivity to a broad range of small ships and vessels left underserved at sea in the Caribbean and beyond.   Set for commercial launch in April 2017, the plug-and-play platform is the latest offering within the SES Maritime+ service, which was first introduced late last year. The new collaborative solution bundles Gilat’s MarineRay 60P all-in-one Ku-band maritime VSAT (very small aperture terminal) antenna package with SES’s tailored maritime capacity on both wide beam and upcoming high throughput satellite (HTS) capacity to help small yachts and ship operators break through barriers to entry. Until now, the cost of antennas, installation, satellite capacity, and fleet and network management has kept many small vessels out of the VSAT market and unable to access high-speed connectivity to link crews and entertain passengers. The SES Maritime+ solution eliminates these constraints with affordable equipment, bandwidth, installation and network management pricing for operators of even the smallest of fishing boats and yachts. The collaborative solution, sold through a network of authorised dealers across the globe, will be available first to small yachts and vessels traversing Caribbean waters, followed by small craft operating in the Mediterranean Sea, North Sea, and ocean waters throughout Southeast Asia. “This collaborative breakthrough is all about leveraging and utilising SES’s robust and diverse network of satellite capacity and Gilat’s all-in-one VSAT terminals to make high-speed, high quality connectivity much more accessible to even the smallest maritime operators. There are hundreds of thousands of small fishing and cargo vessels that simply haven’t been able to offer affordable high-speed internet access to their crews and passengers – until now,” explained Elias Zaccack, SVP of Global Mobility and the Americas Region for SES. “SES’s Maritime+ regional offering makes access to connectivity at sea easier and more affordable than ever before.” “This first Maritime+ regional agreement between Gilat and SES is opening access to high-speed maritime connectivity to small vessel operators throughout the Caribbean. Our MarineRay all-in-one terminal package in combination with SES’s wide beam and HTS capacity is a game changer for operators of small yachts and ships who’ve been left behind and underserved in the Caribbean and other vital maritime regions,” noted Ron Levin, Director Strategic Accounts at Gilat Satellite Networks. “This initiative is in-line with Gilat’s strategic direction of bringing affordable broadband to underserved markets on the ground, in the air, and now - at sea.” - Communicated by SES -
The Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy and the European Investment Bank (EIB) today signed an Advisory Service Agreement in the context of Luxembourg’s SpaceResources.lu initiative. This initiative defines a framework to promote and support the exploration and commercial utilisation of resources from "celestial bodies" such as asteroids or from the moon. The Luxembourg Government supports innovative R&D projects under the SpaceResources.lu initiative, including direct investments in companies active in advanced space technologies with operations in the Grand Duchy. The agreement between the European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH) and the Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy is the first step of close collaboration between the Ministry of the Economy and the EIB in this field. The Bank’s Innovation Finance Advisory Division will provide financial advice and guidance to the Ministry of the Economy to enhance access to finance for innovative projects supported under this initiative to develop this emerging and promising sector. Luxembourg Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy, Étienne Schneider, commented: "By further developing funding opportunities tailored to the needs of private initiatives, Luxembourg confirms its ambition to become a European hub for the exploration and use of space resources. This cooperation with the EIB provides the Ministry of the Economy with the best possible understanding of available financial instruments to sustain our innovative venture. The agreement helps to promote the development of a competitive space industry aimed at creating economic growth and diversifying the national economy in a key high-tech sector." EIB’s Vice-President Pim van Ballekom, who is responsible for EIB operations in Luxembourg, said: "I am delighted that the EIB is joining forces with the Luxembourg Government in support of its visionary policy to accelerate the development of new space technologies, to pave the way for greater use of space resources and facilitate space explorations. Luxembourg is again playing to its strengths with this agile and mission-oriented investment strategy. Our advisory services will draw on the EIB’s technical and financial expertise and I hope that in due course the EIB Group will have the opportunity to invest in these new space technology companies using its wide array of financial products, notably under InnovFin and the European Fund for Strategic Investments." Communicated by the Ministry of the Economy

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