At the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget on June 21, 2017, the ESA announced Europe’s first innovation competition on space exploration, the “Space Exploration Masters”. The Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy and its SpaceResources.lu initiative feature a special prize in this competition, focused on ideas targeting the utilization of space resources.
At the 2017 Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, Luxembourg’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy Etienne Schneider and ESA Director General, Jan Wörner, signed a joint statement on future activities concerning missions to the asteroids, related technologies and space resources exploration and utilization.
Deep Space Industries recently delivered 3.5 gallons of dirt to NASA that was developed to simulate the material found on an asteroid or moon.
On Monday, June 5, 2017, the conference “The Promise of Space Resources: a Luxembourg Public-Private Initiative” was held in New York.