OVER 40 YEARS IN THE SPACE BUSINESS
Through the twentieth century, space technology developed to become an indispensable resource in the ﬁelds of telecommunications, Earth observation, meteorology, and navigation. SSC has taken part in the journey from its ﬁrst steps over 40 years ago and is now a well-reputed and sought-after partner with operations worldwide.
SSC was founded in 1972. Named the Swedish Space Corporation (former "Rymdbolaget" in Sweden) we started as a Swedish company doing business all over the world. Over the years, we have grown to comprise several specialized companies with facilities on most continents.
1961It started with sounding rocketsThe sounding rocket activity in Sweden started in 1961. In the beginning the launches took place from Kronogård, which originally was a hunting post for royal foresters and hunters. The launch site was very primitive.
1964Construction of Esrange startsESRO (European Space Research Organisation), which later became ESA (European Space Agency), decided to expand the sounding rocketry. The construction of the Esrange Space Center started in 1964.
1966The first rocket launch from EsrangeAfter completion of Esrange, the sounding rocket activity in Kronogård stopped. The very first sounding rocket from Esrange was launched on November 20, 1966.
1972SSC takes ownershipSSC (then "Rymdbolaget") was founded and took ownership of Esrange Space Center.
1974Stratospheric balloon activitiesThe first high altitude balloon was launched from Esrange Space Center in 1974.
Photo: Pirog balloon project in 1985
2000The start of a global ground station networkSSC acquired USN (Universal Space Network) in the US and started the establishment of SSC's global ground station network.