Spaceport Sweden is a pioneering initiative to establish space tourism in Sweden and become a world leading spaceport and hub for commercial human spaceflights and cross-industry innovation. Located in Kiruna, Swedish Lapland, Europe’s premier space city since 1957, Spaceport Sweden offers unique world class experiences through the northern lights and under the midnight sun, further supplying launch infrastructure, R&D facilities and high-tech expertise to commercial space operators.
A history of space innovation
Aviation – The history of innovative aviation in Kiruna began in 1916 with the first flight of an Albatross over Kiruna, landing on the city lake Luossajärvi. The pilot later became the head engineer of SAAB (Swedish Aeroplane AB). Kiruna Airport was built in 1960 and the huge hangar Arena Arctica, specially built for space related activities, was ready in 1990.
Testing – The geographical location and large unpopulated area surrounding Kiruna offer unique possibilities for testing in a sub-arctic environment. The first tests conducted here were in 1924 when the Swedish Air Force tested English airplane engines on the lake Luossajärvi.
Space – In 1961, the first rocket to be launched into space from Sweden took off, and five years later, Sweden’s own rocket base for space research, Esrange Space Center, was founded. In 1972, it was transformed into a new state-owned company, the SSC
Adventure – If it is possible to build a hotel of ice in a small village 200 km inside the Arctic Circle, which strikes the whole world with amazement, then anything is possible. The story of ICEHOTEL is indeed a fairy tale come true.