Features/Reports

NordicSpace – Twenty-Five-Year Anniversary

Twenty-five years ago, the first issues of Nordicspace was published. At the time it was titled “Nordic Space Activities”, and it was published in printed version and in the Nordic languages and mainly distributed to the Nordic countries, however, some copies were also distributed around the world. Over the course of the next fifteen years, […]

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Broadband for All

Broadband for All – OneWeb and European Industry in the Lead   The ultimate goal of providing quick broadband for all, independent of geographical locations on the globe is not an unattainable goal, however, it requires huge investments and is challenging at best. Using the existing satellites in geostationary orbits does not provide customers with […]

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Sixty Years of Space Exploration

The launch of Explorer 1 marked the beginning of US spaceflight, as well as the scientific exploration of space. With the launch of Sputnik 1 the Soviet Union took a leading role in the space race, a challenge the Americans society not could fail to return. After some initial troubles in the start with the […]

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This Main Space Issues This Summer

  Two principal questions have circulated in the media in an otherwise quiet summertime, in terms of space activities. First, do we need a spare planet, secondly, is artificial intelligence a danger to our existence?   As an introduction to the Starmus Festival in Norway last spring, the physician Steven Hawkins said that if the […]

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The World Needs Space

Nearly everybody was there; proof that the organisation enjoys great support, even at the highest level of the space community. Besides, nearly everybody is of the opinion that the world needs space.

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2015 – The Year of Light

The United Nations (UN) has proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015). A year focused on health-, communication-, economy-, environment- and social possibilities.

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Building, Launching and Managing Small Satellites – the Nordic Countries Can Do It in the Near Future

Small satellites, in the micro and mini class, are very suitable for many tasks; however, they have mostly been used as student satellites, but now they may prove to be of more current interest for the more professional market. In the size of 100 x 100 mm and 1 kilograms, they can contain small scientific payloads, mainly used for educational purposes. If need be they can be assembled as stacks of several cubes and give an extended satellite. However, there are limits for miniaturizing and the next step will be payloads placed at some larger platform.

If it turns out successfully, as planned, Sweden and Norway are capable of providing the whole spectre of service from building platforms and payloads, to launching and managing small satellites.

It may all become a reality in the next decade – satellites developed and built in the Nordic countries, launched with a Nordic developed launcher from the Northern Norway and managed through the Norwegian satellite station on Svalbard.

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