One of Europe's smallest countries now holds claim to being a giant in the space industry.
Luxembourg, with a population less than the state of Vermont, now generates nearly 2 percent of its annual gross domestic product from the space industry, according to Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider. The country's economy checked in just shy of $61 billion in 2016, according to the CIA World Factbook.
"We have grown from nothing to the most dynamic in Europe," Schneider told an audience Saturday, in a speech at the New Worlds conference in Austin, Texas. He added that the country's space program was first launched just over 30 years ago.