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 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 the 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.
As a basis for further developing the national space community, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) commissioned a survey of the Austrian space industry and space research in 2011. 114 organisations active in the space sector were identified. Profiles of 77 Austrian companies and research institutes, their research areas, competencies, products and services are presented in a brochure and form the basis for this website. The goal is to increase the international visibility of Austrian space industry and research and to support networking of national and international players.
The Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology invites all Austrian companies, research organisations and institutes involved in space technology, which are not yet listed on this website, to register and present themselves on spacetechnology.at. Register Now
The excellence of the Austrian space community
is an asset for shaping the future with today’s innovation.
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The European Space Agency (ESA) actively supports the transfer of space technologies into non-space areas.
To find out more about Austrian space technology on Earth, please click here (external site).