Austrian Space Industry and Research

More than 120 Austrian organisations are active in the space sector with an annual turnover of about 125 million EUR and about 1000 employees. Austria is represented in both, the up-stream and the down-stream sector. The majority is active in the satellite-based applications segment. Intellectual capital is reflected by an average of about 20 patents and slightly more than 1000 publications per year. Austria is one of the most cited nations in the field of exploration of the solar system.

Austrian companies and research institutions are involved in many ESA missions, such as the Rosetta Mission, the historic European comet orbiter and lander, ExoMars for the search for life on Mars and BepiColombo for the exploration of the Sun's closest planet Mercury. Austrian technology is also used in the European Union space infrastructures for satellite navigation (Galileo) and Earth observation (Copernicus).

International Leadership Positions

In recent years, Austria has developed internationally recognised and visible skills, especially in the areas of space technology and scientific data analysis, as well as in the following areas:

Space Technology

  • Thermal and mechanical subsystems for satellites and launcher systems
  • Electronics for control and signal processing tasks
  • Subsystems for testing and operating satellites
  • Mechanical and electrical ground support equipment


  • Earth observation for spatial planning, hydrology, environmental monitoring
  • Satellite navigation for interference resistance and accurate systems, and automatic aircraft precision landing facilities
  • Satellite-based communication for fixed and mobile applications

Space Science

  • Space physics
  • Astrophysics
  • Earth observation
  • Quantum physics in space

The portal Austrian Technology in Space gives an overview of Austrian space industry and research. It helps with searching and finding organisations by their technological competences and products. According to their fields of activity, the companies and research institutions represented here may be divided into the following market segments.

Segments by number of Austrian organisations (multiple mentions) (Source: Austrian Technology in Space Brochure)