460 msl (RWY); 300 msl (launchpads)
67,82° (RWY); 67,89° (launchpads)
possible Easterly azimuths
possible southerly azimuths
proximity to sea
240 km W
<10% main RW crosswind >10 kt
<1.2% main RW crosswind >20 kt
Per month in mm:
26 – 22 – 24 – 26 – 33 – 51 – 86 – 68 – 45 – 41 – 37 – 30
2500 x 45 m, heading 03/21
Closest port in Narvik, Norway, 170 km distance. Year-round ice-free port.
Located in town of Kiruna, 10 km from RWY and 40 km from launchpads.
Hotels & Restaurants
A great number of hotels and restaurants are available in Kiruna.
Proximity to University
Umeå University and Luleå University of Technology have a Department of Space Science located in the town of Kiruna. The main universities are 370 km (Luleå) and 610 km (Umeå) away. In Norway there are universities in Narvik (170 km) and Tromsö (450 km).
Proximity to NASA facilities
Note! Both the Swedish CAA and Swedish Space are or have been involved in NASA operations outside Spaceport Sweden.
Pads for sounding rockets
3 fixed and 1 mobile launchers
MAXUS: Fixed diameter launch stool, 1 m (Castor 4B)
MRL: Rail launcher, hanging, max diameter 25 inch
Skylark: Fixed diameter launcher, 22 inch (VSB 30)
MAN: Rail launcher, hanging, max diameter 25 inch
Landing pad for RLV
On airport runway for air-launched vehicles or RLV
Storage facilities for Pyro articles are available
For air-launched vehicles, the Arena Arctica hangar is to be used for preparations. It is a
Spacecraft storage facilities
Storage for sounding rockets.
Experienced meteorologist and Vaisala radio-sondes are used at the facility.
Range Radars, cameras
C-band tracking radar is available.
Tracking cameras can be arranged.
Telemetry data retrieval
P-, L-, S- and X-band TM, as well as P- and S-band TeleCommand are available.
On-site research labs
4 laboratories for biological and chemical research are available
Up to 12 Mbps
Emergency Response teams
Downrange payload retrieval.
Yes. By helicopter.
Space Tourism Specific
Family facilities -residential
Several hotels are located in the town of Kiruna and the neighbouring area.
Located in one of northern Europe‘s most famous wilderness activity areas, especially during winter. Activities include hunting, fishing, dog-sledding, skiing, rock- and ice-climbing, snowmobile and rein-deer trekking and whale safaris.
Years of Operations
40 years (nov 1966)
On-time launch record
500 sounding rockets
Custom issues are regularely handled as the facilities are used by international entities such as NASA and ESA.
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