Spaceport Sweden Launches Education Program

Karin Nilsdotter and Hans Gelter heading up the Bachelor programme in Professional Experience Production. (Credit: Spaceport Sweden)

KIRUNA, Sweden (Spaceport  Sweden PR) — At Spaceport Sweden we are very excited to launch a collaboration with the staff and students studying at the Bachelor programme in Professional Experience Production, at Luleå University of Technology (LTU) in Swedish Lapland.

Together we will work with hands on projects developing innovative and transformative space adventures contributing to the establishment of space tourism as a new industry in Sweden and the positioning of Kiruna and Swedish Lapland as a world leading space destination.

This summer a team of students will develop a concept for space camp and starting this autumn, the first trainee will start an internship at Spaceport Sweden mission control in Kiruna.

New Parabolic Flight Opportunity in Europe

KIRUNA, Sweden (Spaceport Sweden PR) — Bookings are now open for January 30th, 2014 with airZeroG.

The availability is extremely limited, so book your ticket today via Spaceport Sweden – and get ready for space!

Spaceport Sweden is a proud reseller of the sensational flights of airZeroG. This is not only the single opportunity to fly in Europe, it is also the largest aircraft in the world license to perform this advanced flying.

During a full day you will be prepared and learn about simulating weightlessness in an Airbus A300, highlight it with the 2.5 hours experience of 12 parabolas in no gravity.

First public flight ever was performed in March 2013, next will be in June 2013 and 25th of October is still on sale!

Location is in France, Paris or Bordeaux-Merginác.

For more details, visit or contact us  –

Action on Extending California’s Spaceflight Liability Law Postponed to January

California_Great_SealSACRAMENTO (Steve Knight PR) — A measure to address an emerging commercial space travel industry in California authored by Senator Steve Knight (R-Antelope Valley) was held in the Senate Judiciary Committee today in order to work with committee members and industry leaders on the best strategy to move forward in California.

Senate Bill 415 seeks to extend limited liability protections that now cover spaceflight operators to include commercial space manufacturers and suppliers. The bill will be heard again in January 2014, when a vote will be taken before the bill continues through the legislative process.


Spaceport Sweden Prepares to Open Spaceflight Training Center

Carina Johnsson in the Dynamic Flight Simulator, part of Spaceport Sweden and QinetiQ spaceflight preparation program, in Linköping, Sweden. (Credit: Spaceport Sweden)
Carina Johnsson in the Dynamic Flight Simulator, part of Spaceport Sweden and QinetiQ spaceflight preparation program, in Linköping, Sweden. (Credit: Spaceport Sweden)

KIRUNA, Sweden (Spaceport Sweden PR) — The Spaceport Sweden and QinetiQ spaceflight preparation program at the Flight Physiological Centre (FPC) in Linköping is soon ready for launch. Earlier in the week we went through a dry-run together with QinetiQ trying out the unique G profiles generated by future commercial space vehicles in the Dynamic Flight Simulator (DFS).

Spaceport Sweden is establishing commercial human spaceflights and Europe’s gateway to space and together with QinetiQ we are devloping a world-class spaceflight preparation program where future space travelers will emerge prepared, confident and relaxed, ready to maximise their journey to space.

The DFS in Linköping is one of the world’s most advanced flight simulators, combining a man-rated, long-arm centrifuge and flight simulator. The DFS provides a safe and highly controllable environment in which future astronauts can experience the sustained periods of increased acceleration present during launch and re-entry and allows for the precise re-creation of the complex and unique ‘G’ profiles generated by future commercial space vehicles.

First Commercial Parabolic Flight Takes Place in Europe

Karin and Carina float in microgravity. (Credit: Spaceport Sweden)
Karin Nilsdotter and Carina Johnsson float in microgravity. (Credit: Spaceport Sweden)

By Karin Nilsdotter
Spaceport Sweden
Congratulations to the SXC astronauts that successfully completed their first air ZeroG flight on Friday 15th of March. This was the first ever commercial public flight in Europe arranged by Avico and Novespace and offered through Spaceport Sweden’s space adventures and astronaut training program in collaboration with SXC. We look forward to many more missions offering the unique sensation of weightlessness under the instructions of ESA astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy.


Spaceport Sweden Selling Parabolic Microgravity Flights

The 'Zero-G" Airbus A300
The ‘Zero-G” Airbus A300

KIRUNA, SWEDEN (Spaceport Sweden PR) — Have you ever dreamt of flying, defying the laws of gravity and float free in the air like an astronaut? Since space exploration began, only a few hundred have had the privilege to experience the ultimate space experience and the magical feeling to float in total weightlessness.

That is about to change. For the fist time ever, weightless flights will be offered to the general public in Europe. Spaceport Sweden has been selected as a key partner and reseller for the air Zero G flights in the Netherlands and Nordic countries (excluding Iceland).


Spaceport Sweden Teams with QinetiQ for Spaceflight Training Program

KIRUNA, Sweden (Spaceport Sweden PR) — Spaceport Sweden AB has signed a strategic partnering agreement with QinetiQ Ltd, to identify, explore and exploit opportunities in the fields of commercial human spaceflight (CHSF), research and exploitation. Under the agreement, Spaceport Sweden and QinetiQ will initially use the Flight Physiological Centre (FPC) in Linköping, Sweden to develop a world-class preparation program for CHSF passengers.


Spaceport Sweden Meets Swedish Parliament

Johan Johansson, MP for Norrbotten, Karin Nilsdotter, CEO Spaceport Sweden, and Betty Malmberg, Chair of the Parliamentary Space Network. (Credit: Spaceport Sweden)

KIRUNA, Sweden (Spaceport Sweden PR) — On October 24, Spaceport Sweden together the Parliamentary Space Network were invited to the Swedish Parliament to discuss commercial human spaceflight. MPs from the whole of Sweden got an opportunity to listen to and discuss how space tourism is being developed and how Sweden can continue to be at the forefront of this industry by putting in place a supportive regulatory regime and capitalising on the opportunties for innovation and cross-industry cooperation.

Spaceport Sweden has been working proactively and strategically to establish space tourism as an important part of both business and academia in northern Sweden with international reach, says Karin Nilsdotter, CEO of Spaceport Sweden.


Spaceport Sweden Wins Innovation Award

Carina Johnsson, operations manager at Spaceport Sweden with innovation award. (Credit: Spaceport Sweden)

KIRUNA, Sweden (Spaceport Sweden PR) — Spaceport Sweden has been awarded the ”Innovation of the Year”, being promoted as a pioneer and role model for innovation combining science, nature and technology to develop new cutting edge experiences and developing space tourism in Sweden. The award was handed out at the Swedish Tourism Awards, in Stockholm on October 18th.

The jury’s motivation:

Here we see a pioneer and role model of innovation, where unique experiences have been launched with a global impact. Through the combining of adventure, nature, science and technology, in an innovative manner, both in collaboration with partners and in the creation, they have established a unique new experience. The company is in a phase of development and is already launching new cutting edge experiences strenghtening Sweden’s attractiveness as a tourism destination. A small town will take center stage on the map as Spaceport Sweden is established as Europe’s first and foremost gateway to space offering commercial human spaceflights and services for academia and corporateds. This year’s innovation has got star quality!

“We are very proud to receive this award, it really means a lot for us but also for the industry that is now being developed internationally. Spaceport Sweden is a pioneering effort with tremendous opportunities which we hope will both inspire and attract more partners for the development of new cutting-edge experiences strengthening the attractiveness of Sweden as a destination. Like all innovative ventures it requires both determination and perhaps above all, courage. Hence we would like to thank everyone who has supported us along the way and help reach for the stars,” says Karin Nilsdotter, CEO Spaceport Sweden

Spaceport Sweden Finalist for Tourism Innovation Award

Spaceport Sweden PR —
On October 18 its time for the annual Swedish Tourism Awards (TRIP Awards). Established in 2005, the TRIP Award has grown to become Europe’s largest industry event where talented entrepreneurs and outstanding experiences are awarded.

Innovation is the theme of this year permeating the entire program and is also the focus of the new award category where Spaceport Sweden is one of three finalists for the “innovation award”.


Innovation Researchers Choose Spaceport Sweden for Study

by Karin Nilsdotter

CEO, Spaceport Sweden

Commercial human spaceflight is a new emerging industry and globally, space tourism is only the tip of an iceberg in this second space age. Spaceport Sweden is a pioneering initiative to establish space tourism and commercial human spaceflight as a new industry in Sweden and has now been selected by innovation researchers as a live case study.


Spaceport Sweden Welcomes New Operations Manager

Spaceport Sweden’s PR — Spaceport Sweden is now taking the next step towards its vision of becoming a world leading spaceport, where one of the targets is to enable space travel for private individuals, and welcome Ms Carina Johnsson onboard as Operations Manager.

Carina previously worked at the Swedish Space Corporation, SSC, where she, among other things was responsible for the visitor center and program at Esrange Space Center. Ms Johnsson has previously, in a business development capacity for SSC during 2009-2011, been involved in the initial phases of Spaceport Sweden.

After 25 years in the hospitality industry Carina has built up extensive experience and previous work have included working as a marketing manager at Kiruna Lapland Tourism. Johnson holds a degree in business administration, tourism and project management and has a passion for development and efficiency processes, collaboration and business involvement in the community.

Carina starts on April 23rd 2012 and we are so excited and proud to have her onboard!

Spaceport Sweden to Host TEDxKiruna on March 27

Kiruna, Sweden (Spaceport Sweden PR) — On Tuesday, March 27th, TEDx comes to above the Arctic Circle, bringing an inspiring day full of energy and ideas worth spreading.

TEDxKiruna will be held at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Kiruna in Swedish Lapland, on Tuesday March 27th from 9 am until 5 pm. The independently organized event, licensed by TED, is open to the public but requires application and registration at The full day will be streamed live through webcast on


Spaceport Sweden Gets Investment

Spaceport Sweden PR (March 15, 2012)
— “It’s not a question of IF Spaceport Sweden is to become a world-leading spaceport with space travel for individuals, but WHEN.”

So says Spaceport Sweden’s CEO Karin Nilsdotter after the contract with Inlandsinnovation that secures funding for new investments in the company, allowing the next targets of product development and commercialization to materialize.


Spaceport Sweden Hosts Space Industry Summit on Collaboration and Innovation

MASP PR — Just one month after Mojave Air and Space Port and Spaceport Sweden signed a historic memorandum of understanding (MOU), Sweden hosted executives, researchers, students and political representatives from the Swedish space industry at the Swedish Institute for Space Physics in Kiruna (Swedish Lapland 200 KM north of the Arctic Circle) for the National Swedish Space Summit.

Mr. David McBride, NASA Dryden Center Director and Mr. Stuart Witt, CEO of Mojave Air and Space Port were keynote speakers on the topics of markets, collaboration and innovation in the new space industry at the event hosted by Ms. Karin Nilsdotter, CEO of Spaceport Sweden.