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.