Speaking of royalty, on January 31, 2018 Space X announced it’s launch of a Luxembourg Satellite! Hmmn.
It seems Luxembourg is the world’s only remaining sovereign grand duchy. Grand Duke Henri is a ‘constitutional monarch’ rather like Queen Elizabeth the Second. With an area of roughly 1,000 square miles, it seems that little country is doing pretty well for itself. Luxembourg is the world’s second largest investment fund centre (after the U.S.) and the most important private banking centre in the eurozone. In 2013, it was ranked as the 2nd safest tax haven in the world (after Switzerland).
And, with it’s opening of The University of Luxembourg in 2003, it seems destined for bigger things. The University has three faculties: the Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication, the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance and the Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education. Oh, and it hosts three interdisciplinary research centers: the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (?) and the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (digital history?)
In sum folks, little Luxembourg is a major player, if not one of the drivers of the world economy of the 21st century.
So my interest in developments in space intersects with my interest in monarchies, history and politics. Are we having fun yet?
Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (Henri Albert Gabriel Félix Marie Guillaume,) born April 16, 1955 has reigned since October 7, 2000. He is the eldest son of Grand Duke Jean and Princess Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium and first cousin of Phillips, King of the Belgians. (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luxembourg, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Luxembourg)