Austrian Aeronautics and Space Agency

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  +43 (0)5 7755 – 0
  +43 (0)5 7755 – 97900
District 9 of Vienna near the General Hospital (AKH) and the University campus , Vienna , Austria

The Austrian Space Agency (ASA) was established in 1972 in Vienna and since 2005 it has been continued it activity as Aeronautics and Space Agency (German: Agentur für Luft- und Raumfahrt(ALR)). The purpose of this organization is to coordinate both national and international space exploration activities.

Austria became aware of the importance of space activities in the 1950s and many institutes such as: the Institute of Meteorology and Geophysics in Vienna and the Institute of Theoretical Physics at the University of Innsbruck lunched space research programmes. Austria was involved in preparing the establishment of a European Space Research Organisation , abbreviated as COPERS between 1961-1964. This resulted in the creation of many employment opportunities, and Austria became a recognized partner in the space world. Since 1975, Austria has taken part in European Space Agency (ESA) programmes and it became a full member in 1987.

The bilateral cooperation with the former Soviet Union was the AUSTOMIR-91 mission.Other bilateral projects were, and still are, run in partnership with Norway, Sweden, France, Switzerland and Germany. The Austrian Space Programme, an initiative of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, was started in 2002 and has been followed by the ASAP, ARTIST and TAKE-OFF programmes, as well as the Austrian NANO Initiative.

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