The ”Groupement luxembourgeois de l’aéronautique et de l’espace” (GLAE) was founded as a non-profit making organization in February 2005. The founding members of GLAE are the following Luxembourg based companies: POST Luxembourg; HITEC Luxembourg S.A.; LUXSPACE S.à r.l.; SES S.A. and TELINDUS Luxembourg S.A.
The setting up of GLAE follows on from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg’s adhesion to the European Space Agency (ESA) and offers Luxembourg companies the opportunity to create synergies at the national and European level for both private and public sector.
GLAE, constituted within the Luxembourg Federation of Employers FEDIL – The Voice of Luxembourg’s Industry, has the objective of providing a permanent link between its members, advising them and defending their shared professional, economic and social interests by all means deemed appropriate at a national and international level. GLAE seeks to be the interlocutor of the Government for addressing all questions in relation to initiatives taken by the authorities in the framework of ESA programmes and establishment of a space policy in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
For the GLAE members space is the core of important strategic challenges as it concerns both citizens and enterprises: independent access to information, security and defence policy as well as the implementation of advanced technologies in different sectors of the economy.
GLAE gathers the following Luxembourg companies: GRADEL S.A., GT Satellite Systems S.A., HITEC Luxembourg S.A., ispace Europe S.A., LuxGovSat S.A., LUXSPACE S.àr.l., POST Luxembourg, SES S.A., TELINDUS S.A. as well as the innovation agency LUXINNOVATION GIE. These companies represent some 500 employees in direct or indirect relation with the field of space activities.
GLAE is working closely with the Luxembourg Space Cluster that brings together renowned and highly specialised companies and public research organisations in order to develop specific technology topics as well as collaborative RDI projects. The Luxembourg Space Cluster focuses on the following thematic areas: Space telecommunications, Global Navigation Satellite System and Location based Applications, Earth observation, Maritime security and safety, Space related technologies.
GLAE is a key partner of the Luxembourg Space Agency – LSA. Under the authority of the Ministry of the Economy, the agency’s main aims are:
- Development of the Luxembourg space ecosystem and synergies with businesses and organisations outside the space sector
- Expansion of key skills and expertise, job creation and increasing the contribution of the space sector to Luxembourg’s economy
- Evolution of local human resources to benefit from the dynamism of the sector and the appeal of space and its potential, especially for young people
- Promotion of Luxembourg and its space sector on a global scale