Sweden backs plans for Arctic satellite launchpad

The plan for the new site at Esrange, Sweden's Arctic space base, is part of the new national space strategy announced by Helene Hellmark Knutsson, Sweden's minister for higher education. "Esrange, our own space base, will be modernised and upggraded to build a test bed where rocket techniques can be appraised," Hellmark Knutsson said at a press conference. "And in the next stage, it can be developed to make it possible to send up small satellites into orbit around the earth." The new strategy did not however commit to funding the new facility, which the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) has estimated will cost around 500 million Swedish kronor ($50m). - The Local -



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