Team

The SpaceResources.lu initiative is developed and implemented under the political responsibility of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy, Étienne Schneider.

Office of Space Affairs at the Ministry of the Economy

The Office of Space Affairs is a division of the Directorate-General for Research, Intellectual Property and New Technologies. Within the Ministry of the Economy, the Office of Space Affairs is in charge of the development and the promotion of industrial policy in all matters related to space.

Advisory Board on Space Resources

The Space Resources Advisory Board is composed by internationally renowned space experts to guide the Luxembourg Government in positioning the country as a European hub in the exploration and utilization of space resources.

  • Jean-Jacques Dordain

    Former Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA)
    Mr. Jean-Jacques Dordain was Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA) from 2003 to 2015. He had held various executive positions at ESA since he joined the agency in 1987. Previously he held different positions at ONERA, the French center for aerospace research. In 1977, Jean-Jacques was amongst the five first French astronaut candidates. He is also a member in various advisory boards in relationship with space research and activities.
  • Seung Jo Kim

    Former President of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI)
    Prof. Seung Jo Kim is Professor Emeritus of Seoul National University, from which he retired in 2015. He is also a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics as well as of the Institute of Physics. He served as President of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) for three years from 2011 and among other important projects he led the successful launch of the first Korean space launch vehicle in 2013.
  • Jean-Louis Schiltz

    Guest Professor at the University of Luxembourg and former Cabinet minister in Luxembourg
    Mr. Jean-Louis Schiltz is a Guest Professor at the University of Luxembourg and attorney in private practice. He also is a member of the Advisory Board of the Smart Sustainable Development Model of the International Telecommunications Union. From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Jean-Louis Schiltz was Cabinet minister in Luxembourg. His portfolios included media, telecommunications, technology (IT and internet), international development and defense.
  • Georges Schmit

    Special Envoy of the Government of Luxembourg, SpaceResources.lu
    Mr. Georges Schmit is Special Envoy Special Envoy of the Luxembourg Government for the SpaceResources.lu initiative. He was Consul General and Executive Director at the Luxembourg Trade & Investment Office in San Francisco from 2009 to 2016. Prior to this, he was Director General for Economic Development and Foreign Trade, and Secretary General at the Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy. In this capacity he served on the Board of Directors of the World’s largest steelmaker ArcelorMittal and the Luxembourg-based global satellite operator SES.
  • Simon Pete Worden

    Chairman of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation and Executive Director of the foundation’s ‘Breakthrough Initiatives’
    Dr. Pete S. Worden is the Chairman of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation and Executive Director of the foundation’s ‘Breakthrough Initiatives’. He was Director of NASA’s Ames Research Center in California until his retirement in 2015. He served as a scientific co-investigator for three NASA space science missions. Dr. Worden has held several positions in the United States Air Force and was research professor of astronomy at the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA. He has authored or co-authored more than 150 scientific papers in astrophysics space sciences, and strategic studies.
  • Ji Wu

    Chief scientist and project leader of the Strategic Priority Program on Space Science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
    Prof. Wu Ji is chief scientist and project leader of the Strategic Priority Program on Space Science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences where he has been a full Professor since 1996. In 2016, he was elected President of the Chinese Society on Space Research. Prof. Wu Ji also is Director General of the National Space Science Center, Vice-President of the Committee for Space Research and a full member of the International Astronautics Academy.
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  1. 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.

  2. 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.