Esrange Space Center

A center of excellence

Esrange is located in the very north of Sweden, above theArctic Circle (68°N, 21°E) and has access to a vast, unpopulated impact and recovery area.

The facility has been operational since 1966 and is presently used by the international scientific community for launching sounding rockets for microgravityand atmospheric research as well as high altitude balloons for astronomy, atmospheric research and drop tests of space and aerial vehicles.

Esrange also accommodates one of the world’s largest civilian satellite ground stations and acts as a hub in our satellite station network, SSC Universal Space Network.

Rocket and Balloon missions

The assigned missions for Esrange Space Center, regarding sounding rockets and balloons are:

  • Support of the sounding rocket and balloon pro­grammes of the member states of ESA/EASP. Non-members can use the facilities on a second priority basis.
  • Operation of ground based scientific instrumenta­tion.

More about launching services at Esrange Space Center   

Satellite Management Services

Esrange Satellite Station is the world’s busiest civilian ground station for satellite management services. Since 1978, the station at Esrange plays an important role in a variety of satellite missions. Today we have around 140 daily contacts with satellites in different orbits. Esrange Satellite Station is an important node in SSC Universal Space Network, SSC's global network of ground stations.

Esrange Satellite Station  

Esrange Space Center

Esrange Live-streaming

Follow rocket and balloon launches at Esrange Space Center via Live-streaming, count-down clock and Twitter feed. Updates about upcoming rocket launches can be found at the Twitter feed.

Follow SSC Rockets & Balloons Projects

Follow some of the rockets and balloon projects at SSC via live-streaming and Twitter.