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.
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.
Wednesday 6 August 2014 it happened, the comet on track towards the Sun and Rosetta launched ten years ago, met in space, and will now follow each other for more than a year onwards. This event was marked and fully celebrated at the European Space operation Centre in Darmstadt, Germany (ESOC) the 6 August. […]
From the beginning of time, various people in various ways around the world have distigushed themselves regading the scientific evolution. Many of the fundamental laws of today originate from great philosophers in the late Middle Ages and throughout the very productive period in the beginning of the 20th century, with Albert Einstein, Max Planck, Ervin […]
Tele-X Was Supposed to be a Scandinavian Satellite – and Scandinavia a Large Satellite Operator This year marks 25 years since the first Scandinavian communication satellite was launched. Originally, a Norwegian/Swedish project, but the cooperation project ended before the first satellite was launched. In 1982, the governments of Sweden and Norway formed the Nordic […]
Featured image: Space for Earth space pavilion at ILA. Credit: ESA. Related articles: Cosmic Vision 2015 – 2025. Establishing an intergovernmental space research organisation five decades ago was nearly a stroke of genius. Gathering the European countries in a common organisation ensured that Europe now is one of the main participants regarding space research, standing for […]
Followed the Earth Observation Programs From the Beginning.
The USA still holds a leading position within space activities in spite of decreasing budgets in recent years. The level of activities is still very high and new space projects at different sizes are constantly being developed, built and launched. To follow the space activities in the USA is therefore an extensive activity and can only […]
“Swarm” is a highly international project, but in spite of that, Denmark is the main operator in proposals, developing, building instruments and processing data, and also heads the project team.
The European Space Agency, ESA, builds and launches environmental satellites supposed to monitor the environment on Earth. However, this activity, intended to promote what is best for Mother Earth, leaves behind new kinds of pollution in the form of emission from the launcher in the atmosphere, fragments from the upper stage of the launcher in […]