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The call for submissions covers the full chain for exploiting space resources, from searching for minerals, mining and selling the processed product.The proposals should include a long-term view for developing space resources and be able to generate an economic return in the short and medium term.
The first award is a €400,000 prize to support a study under the Luxembourg national space program managed by the ESA. The second, for €30,000, is for early-stage projects and offers an investing campaign on www.spacestarters.com.
The ministry will support both award winners by offering workspace for the companies.
It sounds like they will entertain practically any ideas put forth. The deadline to submit is September 8, with the award announcement made in November.