Press release EarthLab
Telespazio France, e-GEOS, the wholly state-owned postal and telecommunications company POST Luxembourg and the SME HITEC Luxembourg announce today their strategic partnership in the EarthLab programme.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Press release EarthLab
Telespazio France, e-GEOS, POST Luxembourg and HITEC Luxembourg
invest in an EarthLab center based in Luxembourg dedicated to
industrial and environmental risk monitoring
A few months after the European Space Agency ministerial council in
Luxemburg, Telespazio France, the French subsidiary of the
Telespazio group (Finmeccanica/Thales), e-GEOS (subsidiary of the
Italian Space Agency and Telespazio) the wholly state -owned postal
and telecommunications company POST Luxembourg and the SME HITEC
Luxembourg announce their strategic partnership in the EarthLab
These partners invest in the setting up of a Joint Venture for the
establishment of the EarthLab Luxembourg center, first European
center for environment monitoring dedicated to industrial and
environmental risks. The new Joint Venture is consolidated by the
support from the Luxembourg government, in the frame of its
willingness to develop applications and added value services
relying on satellite infrastructures.
During a press conference held at the Ministry of the Economy in
Luxembourg on 9 June 2015, all the stakeholders promoted the assets
of the EarthLab Luxembourg center combining the Earth Observation
last generation satellite means with the new digital technologies.
Industrial initiative complementary to the European programme
Copernicus defined and managed by the European Commission, the
EarthLab Luxembourg center will combine a unique expertise in R & D
and innovative service provision, supporting tools for risk
assessment. The Luxembourg local team will quickly define and
propose a first offer portfolio of geo-information services for
industry, insurance and investment fund stakeholders.
Supported by the Luxembourg government, the EarthLab Luxembourg
center is the third center of the international EarthLab Galaxy
program (www.earthlab-galaxy.com) initiated by Telespazio France
(Finmeccanica/Thales company), after the setting up by 2013 of
EarthLab Aquitaine, the original center in partnership with the
Aquitaine region council, and of EarthLab Gabon, in partnership
with the Gabonese government, represented by the AGEOS, the
Gabonese Agency for Space Studies and Observations, and the FGIS,
the Gabonese Strategic Investment Fund.
“I am proud of this agreement, in one of historical countries of
the European space industry, that demonstrate the assets of our
EarthLab Galaxy programme and consolidate this partnership approach
towards an active dissemination of space-based services”, declare
Jean-Marc GARDIN, Deputy CEO of Telespazio Group and CEO of
Telespazio France, that will be with e-GEOS, the first shareholder
of the EarthLab Luxembourg SA Joint Venture.
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Economy Étienne SCHNEIDER
stated: “The setting up of the Earthlab center in Luxembourg, in a
strategic partnership with national companies like POST or HITEC,is
the fruit of the unfailing commitment of the Luxembourg government
in further diversifying the national economy and in innovation in
key technology sectors like space or ICT. A project like Earthlab
Luxembourg and its national economic benefits retroactively justify
the accession of the Grand-Duchy to the European Space Agency.”
About Telespazio France:
Based in Toulouse and with offices in Paris, Bordeaux, Kourou and Libreville, Telespazio France is
the French subsidiary of Telespazio, a joint venture of Finmeccanica and Thales (67%/33%) with
revenues of €658 million in 2014 and 2,500 employees. Telespazio has played a pioneering role in
satellite-based services and its history has been shaped by key advances and major technological
breakthroughs. With the first live satellite television broadcasts in 1964, Telespazio became one
of the world’s leading suppliers of telecommunications, Earth-observation and navigation
solutions. Telespazio France is leveraging this culture of innovation and its expertise in latest
digital technologies to develop new services with high added value, notably for the geo-
information and navigation markets, as well as for media, retail, oil and gas, and defense.
Telespazio France operates complex satellite systems and sustains a large number of
e-GEOS, an ASI (20%) / Telespazio (80%) company, is a leading international player in the Earth
Observation and Geo-Spatial Information business. e-GEOS offers a unique portfolio of application
services, also thanks to the superior monitoring capabilities of COSMO-SkyMed constellation, and
has acquired a leading position within European Copernicus Program.
Application services include: monitoring for environmental protection, rush mapping in support to
natural disaster management, specialized products for defense and intelligence, oil spill and ship
detection for maritime surveillance, interferometric measurements for landslides and ground
subsidence analysis, thematic mapping for agriculture and forestry.
In support to its operational applications, e-GEOS operates the Matera Space Centre for acquisition,
archiving and processing of multi-mission satellite data including COSMO-SkyMed and ESA Sentinels.
About POST Luxembourg group
Founded in 1842, POST Luxembourg has been a public service company since 1992. The Luxembourg
State is its sole shareholder. POST Luxembourg operates postal, financial and telecommunication
services. POST is the leading provider of postal and telecommunication services in Luxembourg.
In the field of telecommunications, POST operates a fixed-line and mobile network providing a full
range of voice, data and Internet services, including satellite uplinks. One of our significant
investment projects has been the deployment of an ultra-high-speed fibre optic network in the
Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
Its subsidiary POST Telecom S.A. is the leading operator in mobile telephony.
POST serves its residential and professional customers, including banks, international insurance
companies and European institutions. POST offers state-of-the-art technology and provides tailor-
made services to the business community. Its international high-speed fibre optic network,
TERALINK (www.teralink.biz), connects major financial and economic global players, both to and
A key stakeholder in the national economy, POST Luxembourg Group and its 19 subsidiaries employ
over 4,000 staff members. It is one of the largest employers in Luxembourg.
About HITEC Luxembourg S.A.
HITEC Luxembourg S.A., a 100%-owned Luxembourg company, has developed its business activities in
the field of innovative and quality products and services. The company is ISO 9001 certified for
engineering, analysis, consulting, manufacturing, maintenance and sales of systems in mechanics,
electronics, physical measuring techniques as well as information and communication technologies.
The Luxembourg ESR label for corporate social responsibility (CSR) certifies the commitment by
HITEC Luxembourg to monitor and promote an approach to CSR with respect to economic, social and
environmental dimensions of its stakeholders. The company has been awarded with the
SuperDrecksKëscht fir Betriber label for its contribution to an environmental friendly waste
management. The label is certified in accordance with the ISO 14024:2000 standard.
HITEC Luxembourg offers high technology solutions covering different business areas: satellite
ground segment technology; customer specific and standard equipment for testing and measuring of
physical properties; engineering; consulting; software & ICT development and project management.
HITEC Luxembourg serves private and public sector customers at a national and international level.
Its business objectives, as a specialized high technology provider are to achieve a strong
sustainable market position; to expand its activities at an international level as well as to
promote the Luxembourg site through the realization of innovative high quality value-added products
and services. www.hitec.lu