SGAC Sweden

National Point of Contact
Hannah Peterrson
Oct 2017 - Oct 2019
Terese Svensson
Oct 2017 - Oct 2019
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Sweden Group

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
History of Swedish spacecraft 

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

Events and Projects in 2017

May 8-10 - Rymdforum 2017 - 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 - Kiruna, Sweden. 

September 23 - Astronomins dag och natt - “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. This will be the 6th time the event is held - Sweden.


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. 

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. 

SpaceUp Sweden 
SpaceUp Sweden is growing! In 2016 it was the second time the event was held and it was a two-day event attracting about 120 participants. The first day included invited speakers and participants presenting interesting and sparking conversation. Day two contained workshops and continued participant presentations. The event was a great success and the exchange of ideas and networking benefitted the industry, students and academia. Stay updated at SpaceUp Sweden's Facebook page or at the webpage .

Participants of SpaceUP Sweden 2016

Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in Sweden


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


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


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


Popular Astronomy Magazine


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