Europe’s Gateway to Space

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More than 100 kilometers above the Arctic Circle, in the land of the midnight sun and the Northern lights, Spaceport Sweden aims to change the way people relate to their planet and the universe beyond.

Spaceport Sweden in Kiruna, has since 2005 been active in the development of commercial manned space flights since 2005.

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Kiruna in Swedish Lapland aims to be the home to a world-class spaceport with an array of educational experiences, and training and development programs. Kiruna is already one of the world’s premier space cities. Since 1957, the Swedish Institute of Space Physics has conducted extensive research, and Esrange Space Centre, a rocket range and research facility built by the European Space Agency and managed by the SSC Group, has been active in the area since 1966.

Kiruna is Sweden’s principal mining town and the combination of high-tech industry, sophisticated research facilities and natural unspoiled beauty on the edge of the continent are turning the area to one of the most dynamic locations in Europe.

Traveling to space stands as one of humanity’s greatest accomplishments. Spaceport Sweden is one of the pioneers working to make commercial space travel a reality. Therefore we call it Europe’s Gateway to Space. Already now you can learn from experts about space travel, as well as the past, present and future role of Kiruna in this process. Meet some of the greatest minds in science, engineering, and tourism and witness the technologies that will be sending civilians into space.
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Whether you come to Kiruna in the summer under the midnight sun, or in the middle of the Arctic winter with the Northern lights pulsating overhead, with the romance of space and the stunning nature as your backdrop, all the ingredients are present to create an unforgettable experience.

Spaceport Sweden together with QinetiQ offer courses at the Flight Physiological Centre that will prepare passengers and crew of future space vehicles for the unique acceleration environment they will experience. State-of-the-art facilities combined with experienced doctors and scientists will guide clients through the world of G Forces so they can gain practical experience of the symptoms they are likely to encounter and the actions they can take.

Johanna Bergstrom-Roos and Beatrice Nordin of Spaceport Sweden with Anousheh Ansari (middle), who is the world’s 4th private space tourist, 1st female space tourist and 1st astronaut of Iranian descent.
Johanna Bergstrom-Roos and Beatrice Nordin of Spaceport Sweden with Anousheh Ansari (middle), who is the world’s 4th private space tourist, 1st female space tourist and 1st astronaut of Iranian descent.

The Kiruna region is situated within the aurora zone and are among the best destinations to see the Northern lights.

The organization cooperates with Ice hotel and Lapland Resorts in offering a space adventure that will allow you to get an even closer look at the mythical Northern lights. The Northen Lights Flight from Kiruna Airport take you high above the clouds and up over the Arctic for optimal viewing.

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It might be years before you book your ticket to the International Space Station, but already now you are able to experience one of the most thrilling aspects of the journey, micro-gravity.