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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.

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Young Space Activities Overview in Sweden

Sweden has developed several scientific spacecraft which are shown in the picture below.
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. The Swedish Space Corporation is currently working with SmallSat Express, a project aiming to start launching small satellites, CubeSats, from Esrange with start in 2021.

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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. 

Masters program in Space Engineering, Luleå University of Technology
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

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

Popular Astronomy Magazine