ROCKET & BALLOON ACTIVITIES

SSC’s launch facility, Esrange Space Center, is located about 40 km east of Kiruna. Here you can find rocket launchers for various types of sounding rockets, a balloon launch pad with the size of 40 football fields, a restaurant and a hotel for the scientists and technicians who come here from all over the world. Launches can also take place elsewhere depending on the scientific mission requirements.

55+

Years of experience


577

Rockets Launched


670

Balloons Launched


118

Payloads Delivered


Upcoming & Ongoing


NASA Summer Balloon campaign       April-July, 2022       3 balloons

Completed

  • MAPHEUS-9 launch

    MAPHEUS 9

    Every year the German Aerospace Center (DLR) launches a MAPHEUS research rocket with a payload developed and supervised by the […]
  • SSC has resumed rocket launches from Esrange

    Esrange Space Center has resumed its rocket activities after the fire that damaged the launch site in late August. Today, […]
  • Sounding rocket illustration with aurora

    MAPHEUS 10

    Every year the German Aerospace Center (DLR) launches a MAPHEUS research rocket with a payload developed and supervised by the […]
  • BEXUS 29 launch - Photo DLR

    BEXUS 30/31

    The Bexus 30/31 balloon launch campaign takes place between 24th of September and 4th of October 2021. Distributed on the […]
  • CNES 2021

    A total of four flights were operated on the Esrange by CNES during August, starting on 13 August. On board […]

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