Esrange is located in the very north of Sweden, above the Arctic 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 microgravity and 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 rockets and balloons missions for Esrange Space Center are:
- Support 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