The organisation NAROM – partly supported by the Norwegian Government – was formed in 2000 and organises a lot of space eduction activities to ensure recruiting, promote appreciation for the benefits of space activities, and to stimulate the interest for science in general.
At the end of this decade all users of positioning data will be given unbounded access to satellite-based navigation systems controlled by civilians. With the introduction of the European Galileo, the United States will no longer hold their present monopoly of delivering satellite data for positioning tasks, and this system will possibly for the whole future ensure unbounded access to accurate navigation data.
With a share for research and development of the Gross Domestic Product at above three percent, Sweden is among the world leaders within investing in knowledge and technology development.
When our ”inner neighbour” Venus these days is orbited by a European satellite, it is as a follow up of th Mars Express that orbits our “outward neighbour” for the third year in a row.
The European Space Agency needs to inform the society about its activities. Information directly to the society or through media therefore plays an important role for the organisation. Those needs are mostly met by the Media Relations office Department at ESA’s headquarters in Paris. NordicSpace has met the Head of this section, Pål A. Hvistendahl to access information about how this is carried out.
– From Parts to Space Qualified Means of Transport
Primarily an event for the aircraft industry, but among the many stands one can also find some interesting presentations for the space area.
Most countries in the western world strive to motivate young people to choose natural science and technical studies. A lack of highly educated employers can become a problem if the western countries intend to maintain a leading role in the technical development. The field of space research and space utilisation is not an exception. Norway and Canada intend to be in the forefront, thus they have invested resources in a program to motivate young students to seek a career within the space research field – the CaNoRock program.
The application of balloons for scientific use as a supplement to satellites and ground based instruments has increased in particular during the past decade. Balloons are stable platforms that can hold a payload in the higher atmosphere for several days. There are three launch areas for scientific balloons in the Nordic countries, and Esrange in Northern Sweden is the main launch area for large scientific balloons.