SSC Appoints Nick Priborsky and Nathalie Fortier New Presidents of Satellite Management Services and Engineering Services

SOLNA, Sweden (SSC PR) — Swedish Space Corporation has appointed two new Presidents of divisions to be part of the company’s executive committee. Nick Priborsky, currently the President of Engineering Services, will take over as new President of Satellite Management Services, SaMS.

Meanwhile, long-time SSC colleague Nathalie Fortier replaces Nick as the President of Engineering Services, leaving her current role as the Head of Business Development. Both will start their new positions from July 1st.

“It’s with much pleasure that I’m welcoming Nathalie and Nick to their new roles in SSC, although their faces are very much familiar to most of us at SSC from their many years within the company. Over their years with SSC, both Nick and Nathalie have gathered extensive knowledge and understanding of this company which will be of great value in their new roles,” says Stefan Gardefjord, CEO of SSC.

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ArianeGroup Selected for Two European Commission Calls for Projects to Speed Up the Development of Europe’s First Reusable and Eco-friendly Launchers

ArianeGroup has been selected by the European Commission to run two major projects in its Horizon Europe research framework program.

  • The SALTO project will facilitate the first flight tests of the Themis reusable stage demonstrator in Kiruna, Sweden.
  • The ENLIGHTEN project will speed up the development and introduction of reusable engine technologies.
  • Each project is built on the joint expertise of ArianeGroup, industry, research institutes and start-ups, to accelerate Europe’s transition to increasingly innovative, competitive and eco-friendly access to space.

ISSY-LES-MOULINEAUX, France (ArianeGroup PR) — Following the call for projects issued by the European Commission as part of its Horizon Europe program designed to encourage and accelerate innovation, ArianeGroup has been given responsibility for two particularly ambitious projects to speed up the development of reusable, ecofriendly European launchers. ArianeGroup will be heading the SALTO and ENLIGHTEN projects, bringing together numerous academic and industrial partners, including innovative start-ups.

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SSC Introduces SSC CONNECT®

SOLNA, Sweden (SSC PR) — In the past few years, Swedish Space Corporation has made some quick developments within its ground segment activities. To celebrate SSC’s recent upgrades, the company now gather its capabilities and related services under one branded roof: SSC CONNECT®. The name reflects, among other things, the company’s strengthened capabilities such as the launch of the market’s first global Ka-band network for EO missions, multiple investments and upgrades of its ground stations and antenna capabilities, as well as the company’s leading position in Lunar connectivity.

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Swedish Space Corporation joins European megaconstellation project UN:IO

SOLNA, Sweden (SSC PR) — Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) joins European space consortium UN:IO targeted at creating an independent European constellation of satellites for commercial and institutional communication channels. As a vital part of the infrastructure, SSC adds its significant heritage from satellite communications services as well as one of the world’s leading ground station networks. The mega constellation is set to be fully operational by 2025, supported by the European Commission who picked UN:IO out of the 10 consortia that applied.

The European Commission will support the UN:IO consortium with 1.4 MEUR for the preparations of critical infrastructure that will ensure secure broadband connectivity for mass communication and large data quantities.

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SSC Resumes Rocket Launches From Esrange Space Center

Mapheus-10 sounding rocket launches from Esrange Space Center in Sweden. (Credit: Swedish Space Corporation)

KIRUNA, Sweden (Swedish Space Corporation PR) — Esrange Space Center in northern Sweden has resumed its rocket activities after the fire that damaged the launch site in late August. Today, only three months after the incident, a sounding rocket was once again launched from the base.

Sounding rocket Mapheus-10, owned by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), was successfully launched from the restored launch infrastructure at approximately 09.30 am on Monday, December 6. The onboard payload contained metals for various experiments including studies on solidification of alloy metals. The 1600 kg rocket reached an altitude of 250 kilometers and a speed of 2 kilometers per second. It stayed in microgravity for about six minutes.

“Our staff have worked tirelessly to get temporary launch solutions in place. Buildings used for balloons have been adapted to handle sounding rockets and we have also repaired damaged cabling and installed new safety systems. Resuming launches of these rockets is very important for research in a number of different areas. It feels fantastic that we are now back on track so soon after the accident,“ says Lennart Poromaa, site manager at Esrange.

“After the fire we were concerned that we would not be able to launch rockets from Esrange for a long time, but they have made a very quick restoration of the infrastructure. This is a unique space base and it feels great to be back,” says Alexander Kallenbach, team leader at DLR.

SSC Rolls Out the World’s First Global Ka-band Network

Ka map. (Credit: Swedish Space Corporation)

SOLNA, Sweden (SSC PR) — Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) gears up to meet the growing capability need for Earth Observation missions. By upgrading its polar and equatorial locations to support Ka-band data reception, SSC rolls out a truly global Ka-band network mainly focused on EO missions. This important milestone will enable Earth Observation missions to use higher bandwidths and receive larger data volumes, allowing space companies to use their assets more effectively.

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Esrange Moves Closer to Satellite Launch Capability

(Swedish Space Corporation PR) — The construction of the new spaceport at Esrange Space Center in northern Sweden is reaching new milestones – heading towards satellite launch capability by 2022. The orbital launch complex is currently being finalized with integration halls for rockets and satellites, expansion of planned fuel plants, launch pads and surrounding technical ground systems, and more.

“With more than 50 years of experience from launching rockets and balloons, Esrange Space Center is already one of the most active and versatile launch sites in the world. And with the new spaceport capability the base will be able provide a platform for space companies to develop their next generation rocket technologies and launch their satellites”, says Philip Påhlsson, Project Manager of New Esrange.

Esrange Space Center – the future of European spaceflight.

SSC and Bradford ECAPS Sign MoU Regarding Commercial Orbital Debris Removal Services

DUBAI, UAE (SSC PR) — Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) and Bradford Space / ECAPS, a leading manufacturer of non-toxic propulsion systems, have signed an MoU for the collaborative offering of orbital debris removal services. Starting in 2024, SSC and Bradford Space will offer orbital debris removal as a commercial service from Esrange Space Center in northern Sweden, mainland Europe. The agreement was signed today at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2021 in Dubai.

The new services will address the issue of common orbits becoming increasingly congested as more actors are accessing space, creating a hazard to other spacecraft using these orbits. A Bradford Space satellite bus, named ‘Square Rocket’, with significant delta-V capability will be inserted into orbit via launch from the Esrange Space Center to then rendezvous with and deorbit the debris. The target orbits are high-inclination polar, including the common Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).

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SSC and Masten Space Systems Sign Agreement for 2023 Lunar Mission

Masten’s XL-1 lunar lander will deliver science and technology payloads to the Moon’s South Pole in 2022. (Credits: Masten Space Systems)

DUBAI, UAE (SSC PR) — Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) and Masten Space Systems has signed an agreement to provide communications support for Masten’s upcoming mission to the lunar south pole scheduled to launch in 2023. The agreement was announced today at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2021 in Dubai.

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SSC Invests to Finalize Spaceport Esrange – First Satellite to be Launched in 2022

MAXUS 9 launched at Esrange Space Center. (Credit: SSC)

SOLNA, Sweden (SSC PR) — Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) and the Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) have signed a EUR 12 million [US $13.9 million] loan agreement for the finalization of a new spaceport at Esrange Space Center in Kiruna, northern Sweden. The 12-year maturity loan will finance the investments to unlock the use of reusable rockets and the ability to launch small satellites into orbit as early as 2022, making Esrange the first major orbital launch site in the EU.

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Esrange Space Center Damaged by Fire

MAXUS 9 launched at Esrange Space Center. (Credit: SSC)

Jukkasjärvi, Sweden (Swedish Space Corp. PR) — The fire that broke out yesterday morning at Esrange during a scheduled static firing test of a solid rocket motor, partially damaged the infrastructure used for launching sounding rockets. The remaining operations at Esrange, which is one of the world’s most versatile space bases, are not affected by the incident.

Esrange Space Center is one of the world’s most versatile space bases, including a number of functions that are important to our society. The base is currently being expanded with new capability for further utilization of space.

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Swedish Space Corporation Strengthens Presence in Asia-Pacific with SSC Space Thailand

SOLAN, Swden (SSC PR) — Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) announced today the formation of SSC Space Thailand, a subsidiary targeted at the Asian-Pacific market, further expanding the company’s presence in the region. The announcement marks further investment in the Asian-Pacific region, adding to SSC’s already strong presence in Australia and Thailand, including ground station facilities in both countries.

“SSC has been supporting Thai space activities for more than a decade, for example through satellite-to-ground communications for the THEOS-1 satellite program. We are now looking forward to deepening this relationship further, expanding across leading space markets in South-East Asia”, said SSC CEO, Stefan Gardefjord.

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SSC & Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands to Collaborate in Optical Communication

Laser satellite (Credit: Swedish Space Corporation)

SOLNA, Sweden (SSC PR) — Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) and Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands (Airbus DS NL) have signed an MOU for collaborative activities regarding ground equipment for space-to-ground optical communication. The agreement will accelerate the development of commercially viable optical ground stations that will be offered by Airbus DS NL and used by SSC in delivering ground network services.

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Swedish Space Corporation Invests in GlobalTrust Data Analytics Company

SOLNA, Sweden (SSC PR) — SSC is pleased to announce investment in a new start-up data analytics business with offices in the UK and Sweden to address some of the most crucial environmental and social issues of the time. GlobalTrust will focus on supporting public policy and corporate social responsibility imperatives that are aligned with societies’ expectations and working towards a better and more sustainable planet.

This initiative is being led by SSC and is supported by the UK’s Satellite Applications Catapult – a government established not-for-profit company with its core mandate focused on promoting and enabling industrial growth in the space sector.

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SSC UK Awarded ESA Contract to Define Next Generation Ground Segment Connectivity Systems for CubeSats and Smallsats

One of SSC antennas at Esrange Space Center in northern Sweden, where SSC has one of the world’s largest ground stations for satellite management. (Credit: SSC)

SOLNA, Sweden (SSC PR) — The UK subsidiary of SSC (Swedish Space Corporation), has been awarded a contract by the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop a next generation concept for space to ground communications targeting the “NewSpace” (CubeSats and SmallSats) market. The initiative is supported by the UK Space Agency and aims at developing a range of new technologies that will address some of the market entry barriers faced by CubeSat organizations globally.

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