BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — According to De Morgen news portal, the space agency that is expected to be launched by mid-2016 is aimed at promoting Belgium's space sector in compliance with the country's commercial interest. In particular, the organization will cooperate with China to create a joint research program on a satellite serving the agricultural sector.
According to the Belgium Federal Science Policy Office, the country's space industry plays a significant role within the European sector. Belgium played a major role in the creation of the European Space Agency (ESA) in the mid 1970s. The Belgian municipality of Walloon also hosts the Euro Space Center, a major science museum devoted to space science and astronautics.