Sweden commits to satellite-launch capability, says expanded Esrange will support orbital missions in 2022

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The Swedish government’s formal decision to build a spaceport at its long-operational Esrange suborbital facility in northern Sweden puts pressure on other proposed European spaceports to speed up their decision making.

Sweden has been discussing for years the idea of using its inherent advantage from more than 500 sounding-rocket launches since the late 1960s to expand its operations to orbital missions.

Much of the regulatory work was done long ago for the sounding-rocket business, and Sweden has joined the European Space Agency (ESA . . .

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