LuxSpace is an integrated provider of small satellites and space applications & services. The company can look back on seven successfully launched space systems, including the Triton-2/ESAIL satellite launched in September 2020, and has over 15 years of experience in data applications with a particular focus on the maritime sector and Earth observation. LuxSpace optimally combines expert development processes with innovative techniques to provide its customers with competitive, rapidly deliverable and reliable solutions.


LuxSpace develops and delivers complete smallsat space systems and subsystems with own design, specification, procurement, manufacturing, integration and/or testing. This includes: 

  • Triton-X platforms product line for microsatellites in the 50 -250 kg class for applications in the field of Earth Observation (EO), telecommunications, science, and technology demonstration
  • OnBoard computers and Integrated Avionics Units for Space systems requiring high performance on-board processing
  • Telemetry, Telecommand & Ranging (TT&R) subsystems for geostationary (GEO) and Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites
  • Space-related software (Embedded / Application / Simulator)
  • Mission and feasibility studies for Space systems

Additionally, LuxSpace provides space applications & services in the AIS/Maritime and Earth Observation domain and it is expanding into further data areas.


LuxSpace has equipped itself across the years with new state-of-the-art systems to efficiently deliver smallsat solutions. Among them, LuxSpace owns and operates:

  • an Electronic Laboratory covering digital, analogue and Radio Frequency developments and testing
  • a Thermal vacuum chamber (TVAC) and a Thermal test chamber
  • a Cleanroom for satellite integration
  • dedicated Satellite simulation & design software laboratories
  • dedicated Satellite data applications servers
  • European Space Agency, University of the German army and other European Institutions (e.g. EMSA, DG MARE, DG ENTERPRISE, EUROSTAT, European Defense Agency), players inside European and global space sector like OHB, Orbcomm Inc., Thales Alenia Space, players inside maritime sector. 


Smallsats (microsatellites):

  • Triton-X Seranis mission with the University of the German Army: about 15 different experiments on board a Triton-X Heavy satellite
  • Triton-X Genesis mission with ESA: In-orbit demonstration of several Space technologies on board a Triton-X demo small satellite
  • Triton-X development project with ESA: Scalable and powerful microsatellite platform
  • Triton-2/ESAIL: Prime contractor under ESA’s ARTES SAT-AIS program (launched in 2020)
  • Triton-1/4M: Manfred Memorial Moon Mission (launched in 2014)
  • Triton-1/Vesselsat 1 & 2: First satellites “Made in Luxembourg” (launched in 2011/12)
  • Pathfinder 1a: Company funded first AIS satellite (launched in 2007)
  • Two TT&R subsystems for SGEO: 

Space applications and services:

  • LUXEOSYS project with the Luxembourg Ministry of Defence: service provision for the ground operations of the Luxembourg national earth observation satellite LUXEOSYS
  • AIS data services and AIS added value service development for the maritime industry (e.g. fishery enforcement and safety and security)
  • GIS and EO services:

                        o   LUCAS: Field survey data management and quality control

                        o   Copernicus Global Land Service: quality control for high resolution hot spot monitoring activities 

  • Space-based maritime reconnaissance & surveillance – vessel detection using NAVRAD radar

Telecommunication satellites:

  • Core team member for OHB’s developed Small GEOstationary (SGEO) Satellite Platform: LuxSpace being responsible for the TT&R subsystem and the satellite simulator
  • Two launched SGEO Projects: Hispasat AG1 (2017) and European Data Relay System EDRS (2019)
ESAIL (SAT-AIS) illustration
©ESA-Pierre Carril

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