Swedish Government have decided on investment for a Space Testbed at Esrange
A first step of the further development of the space center
Sweden invests 80 million Swedish kronor in establishing a test bed for reusable rockets and spacecraft development at Esrange Space Center in northern Sweden; 60 million from the Swedish Government and 20 million from SSC, a state-owned company. The test facility is the first step of the further development of Esrange, defined in the recently published Swedish Space Strategy.
- We look forward to establishing this first European test-range of its kind, with great confidence. It will play an important role in Swedish and European space development, and we are of course very happy to be able to add this service to the Sounding Rockets and Balloon services we deliver today from Esrange, says Lennart Poromaa, site manager at Esrange.
The international space business is developing very quickly. Several government-financed projects in Europe have a great need for these types of tests, which can be conducted at the new test bed and thus this investment is not only good for Esrange, but for all space actors within Europe.
Stefan Gustafsson, SVP Strategy & Sustainable Business, SSC, phone. +46 70 541 31 56
Lennart Poromaa, Manager of Esrange Space Center, SSC, phone +46 705645477
SSC is a global provider of advanced space services. We develop experiment payloads and provide rocket and balloon launch services at our unique facility Esrange Space Center. We also provide reliable access to satellites through our network of ground stations, one of the largest ground station networks in the world. Furthermore, we provide engineering consulting expertise to all phases of our customers’ space programs. With extensive experience and a solid understanding of the rapidly changing space market, we tailor innovative and sustainable solutions to institutional and commercial customers worldwide.
SSC covers the global market through its offices in Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, USA, Chile, Australia, China and Thailand, along with the global network of ground stations. SSC was founded in 1972 and has 500 employees. Read more at www.sscspace.com.