As the orbital launch site of Esrange Space Center, called Spaceport Esrange, get closer to its first satellite launch, there is naturally a big interest from the European and global space community. The last couple of days, the facility was visited by both The Guardian and YLE for a chat about the progress of this infrastructure that is so crucial for future European space capabilities.
“The need for this capability is huge. However, although there is always a friendly competitive instinct between Sweden and Norway, I wouldn’t say that the most important thing is to be first to launch a satellite, but rather to have a good launching capability over time,” said Lennart Poromaa, Head of Esrange Space Center, in his interview with YLE.
Read the article by The Guardian [in English]: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/sep/21/hidden-in-the-arctic-sweden-is-quietly-winning-europes-next-big-space-race
Read the article by YLE [in Swedish]: https://svenska.yle.fi/a/7-10042254