SGAC Sweden

National Point of Contact
Sweden
Louise Lindblad Fredrik Persson
Louise Lindblad
Jul 2013-Jul 2015
Fredrik Persson
Aug 2013-Aug 2015
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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 bellow.

Many new Swedish satellite missions, such as MATS, are also planned for the future. MATS stand for Mesospheric Airglow/Aerosol Tomography – tomography of light and aerosols in the mesosphere. The satellite project is led by the meteorologist Jörg Gumbel at Stockholm University, also included in the project is Chalmers, KTH and Omnisys. The satellite will study both noctilucent clouds and oxygen molecules in the atmosphere between 50-100 km height, and the waves that e.g. create the shapes of the clouds.

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.

Picture from http://www.popast.nu
History of Swedish spacecraft 
(Image: http://www.popast.nu/)
ISUSSP12SWE

Louise and Fredrik at the opening ceremony
of the 25th International Space University 
Space Studies Program in Florida 2012

Events and Projects in 2015

Rymdforum 2015

Sweden’s industry and academia convene on 9-10 March to discuss Sweden’s role in space and the future of the Swedish space industry. Read more at www.rymdforum2015.se.

Astronomins dag och natt, 10 October 2015

“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 10th of October 2015, “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.

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

REXUS/BEXUS Program

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

SpaceUp Sweden 2014

On October 18 the first SpaceUp in Sweden ever was held! Great speakers, engaging topics and and a diverse group of participants was guaranteed. It was an all-day event where the morning was dedicated to speakers from industry and government. The afternoon was where the participants got to shine and share their thoughts and ideas in short, interesting talks and discussions in smaller groups. For about 80 people it was great opportunity to visit Stockholm and find out about the state of Swedish space industry, hear what it is like to do a spacewalk from a real astronaut and meet people that share an interest and enthusiasm for space!

 Participants of SpaceUP Sweden 2014

Participants of SpaceUP Sweden 2014

Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in Sweden

Studies

Masters program in Space Engineering, Luleå University of Technologly
Space Master
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

Companies

Swedish Space Corporation
OHB Sweden
ÅAC Microtec AB
RUAG Space AB
GKN Aerospace
Umbilical Design
Bruhnspace AB
Nanospace 

Institutions

Swedish National Space Board (Blog)
Swedish Institute of Space Physics (Institutet för rymdfysik, IRF)
Swedish Amateur Astronomical Society 

Magazines

Popular Astronomy Magazine


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