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An abundance of investment opportunities can be found in space. Recently, Luxembourg has confirmed its intention to become a major actor in the space industry. To achieve this, the country has launched a space mining initiative to develop the industrial potential; exploiting its natural resources. Local and international experts will gather in Lu
xembourg on May 10 and 11 to discuss, among others, exploration and space mining opportunities.


Digital investments and Internet are currently renewing enthusiasm for Space innovations and companies are increasingly communicating on Space projects and programs. Moreover, a growing number of startups and entrepreneurs are entering this New Space Race: the Space industry could soon represent 10% of the global economy. As ICT and Space could become soon a single integrated market, Jean-Jacques Dordain, Former Director of the European Space Agency, will give a speech entitled “Space in a digital world”.


One of the central goals of human space exploration is the settlement of space. The next giant step seems to be the colonization of Mars. Exponential advancements in space technology means that sooner or later, human settlement on the Red Planet will be possible. But are humans ready to face such a new frontier? Rick Tumlinson will moderate a panel Discussion entitled “Welcome to the Revolution” which will deal with space resources and transition from Human exploration to Human settlement in space. The discussion will bring together Chris Lewicki (President and CEO, Planetary Resources), Jean-Jacques Dordain, Daniel Faber (Chief Executive Officer, Deep Space Industries), Prof. Mahulena Hofmann (SES Chair in Satellite Communications and Media Law, University of Luxembourg) and Andrew Barton (Director, Technical Operations, Google Lunar XPRIZE).


Innovation and entrepreneurship will also be on the agenda through the presentation of startups. Takeshi Hakamada, CEO & Founder, ispace technologies, inc, will let the audience know about the space rovers he has been working on, and so Jürgen Brandner, Head of Engineering, PT Scientists. His team developed ALINA, the first European autonomous landing and navigation module. Both rovers are currently participating in the world famous Google Lunar XPRIZE competition and aim at sending their space rover to the Moon.


Also with the participation of Chris Welch (Professor of Space Engineering at the International Space University in Strasbourg), François Chopard (CEO, Starburst Accelerator) and Chad Anderson(Managing Director, Space Angels Network).