National Space Programme

The Austrian Space Applications Programme (ASAP) is a well-established supporting instrument for the higher qualification of Austrian space competences. ASAP was initiated by the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology in 2002.

Since 2002, over 600 projects with a total funding of more than 100 million EUR were funded in 14 tenders. ASAP is a bottom-up research funding programme targeted at space science, technology and applications.

The programme as a leverage effect on the international programmes of the EU and ESA and on the commercial market. It enables bilateral cooperation with industrial companies and other national space agencies, supports scientific participation in ESA and complements development in the application domain.


The first human in space 50 years ago, the first human on the Moon, live images of our planet, spectacular photos of Mars and other galaxies: space was and still is at the centre of many visionary ideas.

Meanwhile, space technologies have undoubtedly become key enabling technologies of the 21st century. Everyday life relies on satellite-based infrastructure, making telecommunication, navigation and Earth observation possible. At the same time, space technologies help us better understand and address the key challenges faced by humankind, such as global warming and natural catastrophes.

In Austria space science has a long tradition. In 1969 the first experimental appliances were sent to space. Since then research has been complemented by commercial activities. Austria’s accession to the European Space Agency (ESA) 1987 not only helped intensify scientific cooperation in exploring the solar and Earth systems, it also paved the way for Austrian companies. Due to their outstanding competences they were selected as suppliers of sensors and critical elements of satellites and launchers.

Today the spectrum of space technologies made in Austria covers a very wide range. The excellent standard of research, products and services has been made possible not least through the Austrian space programme (ASAP).

ASAP was established to support the competitiveness of the Austrian space community within international programmes, such as those run by ESA. The Aeronautics and Space Agency (ALR) and the Association of the Austrian Space Industry (Austrospace) actively support organisations wishing to cooperate with ESA, NASA, and e.g. French, German, Russian, Chinese, Indian and Japanese space agencies and companies.

The excellence of the Austrian space community is an asset for shaping the future with today’s innovation.

Leonore Gewessler, Federal Minister for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology