European officials and Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf inaugurated the EU’s first mainland orbital launch complex. The European Union wants to bolster its capacity to launch small satellites into space with a new launchpad in Arctic Sweden. The new facility at Esrange Space Centre near the city of Kiruna should complement the EU’s current launching capabilities in French Guiana.
European Union Inaugurates First Mainland Orbital Launch Complex- Key Points
- European officials and Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf inaugurated the EU’s first mainland orbital launch complex during a visit to Sweden by members of the European Commission.
- European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen noted that small satellites are crucial to track natural disasters in real-time.
- In light of the Russia-Ukraine war, these will help to guarantee global security.
- The total number of satellites could reach 100,000 by 2040 compared to the current 5,000 operational satellites.
- Swedish Space Corporation Chief Executive Stefan Gardefjord informed that satellites are decisive for many functions of the daily lives of today’s modern world and the need for them will be increased in the coming years with space playing an important role.
About Swedish Space Corporation
The Swedish Space Corporation (SCC) provides space subsystems, space and satellite operation, rocket and balloon systems including experiment equipment, launch services, Aerospace engineering services as well as airborne maritime surveillance systems. It is also engaged in the development of propulsion systems and micromechanical systems for space applications.