Luxembourg backs second military satellite
Luxembourg's plans to launch a second military satellite have passed a vote in Parliament.
MPs on Tuesday backed a law to acquire, launch and operate a satellite to meet the country's defence needs.
The bill was adopted with 58 votes in favour and two against, from The Left MPs.
The satellite and its ground-observation system will be funded over 14 years through a €170-million investment from the Luxembourg state.
The satellite, to be launched in 2020, is intended to help national defence forces detect risks and carry out observation missions in emergencies, such as natural disasters.
The government launched its first satellite GovSat – a public/private partnership between the government and satellite operater SES – in January.
At the time, the government said the satellite would allow it to participate in defence efforts as a member of NATO, the European Union and the European Space Agency.