Austria in Space

Austria is an active player in space activities since many years. This approach stimulated the development of Austrian space technology, space-based applications, space industry and space exploration.

Austria has been an active player in space activities for many years. This approach stimulated the development of Austrian space technology, space-based applications, space industry and space exploration.

Austria is a recognized partner in the space world. The Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK), as the responsible governmental department and policy maker, directly invests around 70 million EUR in the space sector per year, most of it for programmes and projects within the framework of the European Space Agency (ESA).

Austria participates in ESA programmes for Earth observation, telecommunications, technology development, scientific instruments and exploration, launchers, satellite navigation and space situational awareness.

In addition, Austria invests around 30 million EUR per year as a co-owner of the European Union (EU) space infrastructures such as Copernicus (Earth observation) and Galileo (navigation), as well as for SST (Space Surveillance and Tracking) and Horizon 2020 (research and innovation programme).

Events

AstrobiologyOU Space and Sustainability Workshop

28 March 2020
FFG, Sensengasse 1, 1090 Vienna

A lively policy workshop focusing on key aspects of space and sustainability.

Summer School Alpbach 2020

14 - 23 July 2020
Alpbach

The topic of the Summer School Alpbach 2020 is Comparative Plasma Physics in the Universe. Participants will be engaged in an in-depth learning experience, attending stimulating lectures on relevant aspects of space science and engineering, and working intensely within four groups to define and design a space mission under the supervision of noted scientific and engineering experts.

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Publications

Austria in Space - Strategy of the BMVIT for Austrian Space Activities

Modern space technologies have become an indispensable part of our daily lives. Television, telecommunications, navigation and weather forecasts rely on satellites. The importance of satellite-based information and services for many sociopolitical priority areas, such as climate research and monitoring, weather forecasting, and transport is becoming increasingly clear.

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