Swedish Space Corporation

Swedish Space Corporation is a government-owned limited company under the Ministry of Industry, Employment and Communication with activities covering the entire range of space-related work from feasibility studies to operational applications of space technology. SSC was originally set up by the Parliament for the technical implementation of Sweden's national space and remote sensing programmes. The national programmes have provided the basis for SSC's development into an international business partner for space projects.

Systems engineering and project management are the major activities of the company, but SSC also designs and develops high-technology hardware and software in-house. SSC's experience in space technology goes back to 1961. In 2006 the company had a total turnover of 392 million SEK (1 € = ca 9 SEK) and 374 employees. The president of SSC is Mr. Lars Persson. The principal business areas of SSC are:

  • Design and development of small satellites, sounding rocket and balloon systems 
  • Launching of sounding rockets and balloons from the Esrange Space Centre
  • Telecommunications services using the SIRIUS geostationary satellites; specification, procurement and operation of telecommunications satellites
  • In-orbit operations of satellites; data reception and data dissemination

SSC has work sites both in Kiruna in northern Sweden where the rocket base and ground station Esrange is located and in Solna, a suburb of the capital Stockholm.

Starting with Sweden’s first satellite, the magnetosphere explorer Viking, launched in 1986, SSC has procured, developed, or acquired ten spacecraft. All of them have been successfully launched and operated in-orbit. Six have been designed by SSC as main contractor, including the SMART-1 lunar probe platform, developed for ESA and launched in September 2003. For Odin, SSC has the total system responsibility, including development of the main instrument, launch, and operations. For all the SSC satellites - except SMART-1 - SSC has been responsible for operations. Satellites 11 and 12 are presently being developed in the framework of the SSC-led PRISMA mission.

The projects and activities of specific interest for this proposal are:

STEAMR - An SSC-led development of a 340 GHz multi-receiver radiometer for atmospheric research, offered as a Swedish contribution to the proposed ESA EECM PREMIER mission, presently under study.

Odin - A combined mission for astronomy and atmospheric research, designed and developed by SSC under contract from the Swedish National Space Board in partnership with the space agencies in Canada, France and Finland. Odin carries an extremely sensitive microwave radiometer and a spectrograph for near optical wavelengths. The satellite was launched in 2001, with a required lifetime of two years, but is still seven years later in full operation and now also part of ESA: s Earthnet Third Party Mission Programme. In addition to system and subsystem design, including a very advanced and accurate attitude control system, SSC was also responsible for the design and the development of the radiometer.

STEAM - A proposed climate explorer, Swedish-led in bilateral cooperation, selected by the Scientific Research Advisory Committee to the Swedish National Space Board, but not yet funded.

ACE+ - A climate explorer, proposed to the ESA Earth Explorer Opportunity Mission, but not selected. SSC was phase A study prime contractor.

SPOT - Many years of participation in the SPOT programme, including operations, data processing, GIS development and data product development and marketing.

Advanced space technology development:

  • World leading in high-performance non-toxic propellant systems through SSC subsidiary ECAPS AB
  • MEMS technology, including micropropulsion systems, through SSC subsidiary Nanospace AB