Space launch today is a key opportunity to demonstrate Ireland’s position in space, with an array of national payloads to come to the country.
Key targets include a new high altitude satellite for the Republic of Ireland, and a European Space Agency mission to demonstrate its ability to send data back to Europe.
Space is a growing and complex industry with a growing number of participants.
This year, for the first time, the country is set to launch a satellite and launch another in orbit.
This means there will be more than 100 launches scheduled over the next five years, with all of them coming from Ireland.
Space launches are a vital part of the Irish economy and we are investing in our industry to ensure the future of space.
Ireland is an international leader in the development of satellite communications, and we will continue to be a leading international satellite launch provider.
This will allow us to make an impact on the world through science, education and business.
Ireland is the largest single satellite user in Europe and its share of international space launches is growing, while the number of launches from the Republic is decreasing.
It is a fantastic time to be part of this exciting industry and we look forward to delivering the most efficient and cost-effective satellites possible for the Irish people.
Our space programme has been a long-term project that has seen us invest in the Republic to create a global satellite network, and to ensure we have the necessary capacity for the future.
We are proud to be leading the way in space for Ireland, the world’s second-largest satellite user, and I am delighted to be an ambassador for our national programme.
We will launch an additional European Space Commission mission to support the European Union’s ambition to expand its capabilities in space.
The commission is expected to make a formal announcement at a future date.
Our role in the world of space is no longer limited to the domestic.
It must be seen as part of our overall global engagement, and will allow the Republic’s space programmes to become even more effective.
Our future satellites are a reflection of our determination to be able to support our partners in space and we aim to make this work for Ireland.