A space campus is ready at Kokelscheuer and Belval

The “Space Campus” will surely become the center of gravity of the Luxembourg space ecosystem, bringing together research players and high-tech companies at the two sites.

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The “Space Campus” will surely become the center of gravity of the Luxembourg space ecosystem, bringing together research players and high-tech companies at the two sites.

Luxembourg is the center of gravity of the space ecosystem. This is how the “Space Campus” project can be summed up in a few words, presented on Wednesday by Minister of Economy Franz Fayt (LSAP) and Minister of Higher Education and Research Claude Meisch (DP).


Space is the new frontier that the Grand Duchy has set itself, in the future

Following the first call for applications, the European Space Resources Innovation Center (ESRIC) has selected just five start-ups that will begin their pre-incubation in April 2022.


The project will help Luxembourg establish the competitiveness of its companies and its public research institutions compared to the main countries active in the space sector. For several years now, the Grand Duchy has been racing for space and devoting significant investments to the development of the country’s space sector. It now includes 75 players and still employs 1,200 people.

Huge potential

So the Luxembourg space ecosystem has more weight. And after that it is going to develop further, as the economy minister pointed out on Wednesday morning: “The potential of the space economy is huge”. But to do this, it was necessary to bring together players both in research and in companies active in space technology. The idea of ​​a space campus was born.


The first building on the ParcLuxite site should open in 2026.

The first building on the ParcLuxite site should open in 2026.

Photo: SIP/Jean-Christophe Verhaegen

The campus will be implemented on two separate sites. One will host activities directly linked to the company and the other will be dedicated to space research.

The main site of the “Space Campus”, which will cover more than 7 hectares, will live in the Parkluxit in Kokelscheuer, municipality of Roeser. This is where companies active in cutting-edge technology will settle. The site will also house the headquarters of the Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA). The infrastructure will include offices, shared technical centers – including a 3,000 m² test center – as well as an incubator to house start-ups in the aerospace sector.

First stone in 2024

It’s a great transformation for the site of the Luxembourg powder factory, which once produced explosives for the mining industry, and which will now put tech companies at the forefront of their field.

The laying of the first stone is scheduled for 2024. “We initially expected to welcome the first start-ups by 2025, but it seems we were a bit too optimistic… the first buildings should be commissioned in 2026,” noted Franz Fayott at the press conference.

Belvale Public Research

The second site of the “Space Campus”, with an area of ​​69, will be located in Belval and will therefore be dedicated to the space research programs and laboratories of the SNT of the University of Luxembourg and the European Center for Innovation. (ESRIC) for the resources of the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST). The objective is to promote the emergence of future synergies between government agencies and private organizations.

Space Lab researchers presented their work to Ministers Claude Meisch and Franz Fayott

“The space campus is part of the logic of the national research and innovation strategy, which aims for optimal coordination between the state, public research and the private sector for the benefit of the country”, underlined Claude Meich.

Strengthen attractiveness

The two complementary sites will thus form “a public-private value chain”, from skills development for interdisciplinary master’s degrees from the University of Luxembourg to long-term innovations such as the exploitation of space resources. Covered by ESRIC.

Ultimately, this new project should “strengthen the visibility and attractiveness of the Grand Duchy in the space sector on the national, European and international scene for economic players and the scientific community”, concludes Franz Fayt. The Minister then did not fail to specify that there was a great international interest in the development of Luxembourg’s space sector, whose ambitions in this field do not seem to have limits!

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