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Jul 2013-Jul 2015
Aug 2013-Aug 2015
The Swedish space industry has been growing ever since the launch of the small rocket Plutnik in 1961, which marked the beginning of the Swedish space age. We hope to see the Swedish space activity to grow further and give possibilities for a competitive Swedish space industry.
Space in Sweden
Sweden has developed several scientific spaecraft which are shown in the picture to the right.
Esrange Space Center
Esrange Space Center is located in northern Sweden above the Arctic Circle. It is the largest civil ground station for satellites in the world and Europe's largest overland test range for aerospace vehicles. Since the start in 1966, more than 500 sounding rockets and 550 stratospheric balloons have been launched from Esrange Space Center.
|History of Swedish spacecraft
Louise and Fredrik at the opening ceremony
Spaceport Sweden is a company that plans to make Kiruna the primary European Spaceport for commercial suborbital spaceflight for space tourism, research, education and a hub for cross-industry innovation. They plan to offer launch infrastructure, space adventures under the Midnight Sun and an International Astronaut Program with; Zero-G Flights, Centrifuge Training & Northern Lights Flights. Spaceport Sweden hopes to have operational flights of Virgin’s SpaceShipTwo by 2015.
Events and Projects in 2014
Astronomins dag och natt, 18 October 2014“
The Day and Night of Astronomy” makes the amazing things with astronomy and the universe accessible to people all over Sweden, through events that take place over the whole country. On the 18th of October 2014, “The Day and Night of Astronomy” will be held for the third year in a row. For more information and the current program, visit http://www.astronominsdag.se.
Space weather workshop in Kiruna 3-4 April 2014
The space weather team from ESA’s Space Situational Awareness (SSA) programme office will host the second annual Space Weather Workshop in Kiruna, Sweden, on 3–4 April. The workshop will feature presentations and discussions with ESA experts and specialists from several local institutes focusing on the Aurora borealis – the Northern Lights.
Rufs: The Space Lion
“Rufs: The Space Lion” is a project that aims to send the first Swedish amateur satellite (Rufs-I) into orbit. The DIY satellite, based on a CubeSat kit is assembled and programmed by a team of space and technology enthusiasts and will be sent up in 2015. The purpose of the project is to inspire kids to dream bigger dreams and to demonstrate that everything is possible. Also, the purpose is to inspire young people to become interested in nature, science and technology. For more information, visit www.rufsklubben.se.
Young Space Activities Overview in Sweden
The REXUS/BEXUS program offers students across Europe to carry out scientific and technological experiments on research rockets and balloons. Each year two rockets and two balloons are launched from Esrange Space Center. For more information, visit http://www.rexusbexus.net/.
Christer Fuglesang Space Center Student
Christer Fuglesang Space Center (CFSC) will be built as an inspiring center for science with focus on space technology in Stockholm in the near future. Christer Fuglesang Space Center Student is a student organisation that gives students the possibility to be involved in the new science center. The aim of CFSC Student is to promote natural sciences and technology in Sweden. The organisation wants to inspire young people to choose studies and a career within the field of natural sciences and technology. Read more about CFSC Student and upcoming events at http://cfscstudent.wordpress.com.
Further links to space related activities are shown below.
Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in Sweden
Masters program in Space Engineering, Luleå University of Technologly
Masters program in Radio and Space Science, Chalmers University of Technology
Masters program in Aerospace Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology
Masters Program in Astronomy, University of Stockholm
Astronomy, University of Uppsala
Masters program in Astrophysics, University of Lund:
Senior High School of Space