Sounding rockets, Kronogård
1961The sounding rocket activity in Sweden started in 1961. In the beginning the launches took place from Kronogård, which originally was a hunting post for royal foresters and hunters. The launch site was very primitive.
Construction of Esrange starts
1964ESRO (European Space Research Organisation), which later became ESA (European Space Agency), decided to expand the sounding rocketry. The construction of the Esrange Space Center started in 1964.
First Esrange rocket launch
1966After completion of Esrange, the sounding rocket activity in Kronogård stopped. The very first sounding rocket from Esrange was launched on November 20, 1966.
SSC takes ownership
1972SSC (then "Rymdbolaget") was founded and took ownership of Esrange Space Center.
1974The first high altitude balloon was launched from Esrange Space Center in 1974. Photo: Pirog balloon project in 1985.
Ground station network
2000SSC acquired USN (Universal Space Network) in the US and started the establishment of SSC's global ground station network.
2004SSC aqquires German company LSE Space, which is start of the Start of Spacecraft Operations and Engineering Services. Photo: ESA
New brand launched
2011A new brand was launched in April 2011. SSC, a leading global provider of advanced space services
From 2020Testbeds inaugurated at Esrange Space Center. Swedish government announced decision to establish capability to launch small satellites from Esrange. Photo: Rocket Factory Augsburg
Inauguration of Spaceport Esrange, the new satellite launch and reusable rocket test facility, on 13 January, 2023. Photo: Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU