Esrange Space Center celebrating 50th anniversary this weekend RSS

20 Oct 2016

The celebration will start off with an Executive Roundtable in Kiruna on Saturday, 22 October, focusing on the coming 50 years of Esrange and space industrial development. This will be followed by a press event and gala dinner. Representatives from the Swedish Governmental offices, as well as from national and international space agencies and leading representatives from the international space industry will participate, including ESA's Director General, Jan Wörner, and Swedish Space Minister, Helene Hellmark-Knutsson.

On Sunday the gates to Esrange Space Center are open and the public is welcome to an Open House with lots of activities, see invitation.

The press is invited to a press conference. See press invitation (in Swedish). 

Program, Executive Roundtable (pdf)

Esrange is a unique space center near Kiruna in northern Sweden, above the Arctic Circle. 50 years ago the first scientific rocket was launched and since then the center has launched more than 550 rockets and 520 balloons for different scientific purposes, using the vast unpopulated area.  The center also operates one of the world's largest satellite stations, Esrange Satellite Station.

“We at SSC are proud of our achievements and have exciting plans for the years to come”, says Lennart Poromaa, site manager at Esrange. “The ongoing modernization of Esrange will add new capabilities to strengthen its position as a leading Center of Excellence.”

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Esrange Space Center celebrating 50th anniversary this weekend