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THE SWEDISH SPACE COMPANIES LISTED ACCORDING TO TYPE OF OWNER:
(By Ariel Borenstein. 2008-02-06)

All or part of the production of the companies is space-related.  

Big private companies (sales more than 100 million swedish crowns): 
Swedish owner:  Saab Space, Volvo Aero. 
Foreign owner: SES Sirius, SWE-DISH, Nordnav. 

Middle size private companies: (sales between 100 and 10 milllion crowns):
Spectrogon, Carmenta, Omnisys, Gaisler, Jirotex, Sweco, Ångström Aerospace 

Small private companies: (sales less than 10 million crowns):
A.C.R. Electronic, Spacemetric, Forsway, C2SAT, Polymer, Telewide, YoYo, Umbilical. 

Companies with the government as full or part owner:  
Swedish Space Corporation that owns ECAPS and Nanospace.
Imego, Metria, Vattenfall, Acreo 


 
BIG AND SMALL COMPANIES: Sales 
(By Ariel Borenstein. 2007-10-10.)

I guess that only people interested in business administration are curious about the relative size of companies. Anyway, I have made a list of the swedish space companies according to sales. Some of the companies on the list are only producing for space, others only partly. For example: Volvo Aero is the biggest if you look at total sales ( 4,5 billions) but when it comes to "space sales" it would be only number five (225 millions). But I have had difficulties in aquiring the figures for space-related sales.
The information is about the year 2006 and were found in the financial statement or at the official website. (The amounts in swedish crowns.) 


Company                        Sales 

Volvo Aero                     4,5 miljarder

Saab Space                    561 millions
SES Sirius                      401 millions
Rymdbolaget                  391 millions
SWE-DISH                     258 millions
ACREO                          182 millions            

Spectrogon                      55 millions
Carmenta                        50 millions
Imego                             26 millions
Ångström Aerospace        21 millions
Omnisys                         17 millions
ECAPS                           14 millions
Gaisler                           11 millions
Nanospace                     10 millions

Spacemetric                     6 millions
Forsway                           2 millions
C2SAT                             1 million
Polymer                           1 million

Telewide                           842.000 
YoYo Technology               810.000 
Umbilical                           537.000 


Thales Alenia Space and Orbital receive contract for OverHorizon commercial communication satellite

Thales Alenia Space announced today that it has signed a new geosynchronous (GEO) communications satellite contract with OverHorizon with offices in the USA, Sweden and Cyprus.
(Pressrelease from Thales Alenia Space. December 23, 2009)

The spacecraft will carry an on-board processing payload provided by Thales Alenia Space, mounted on Orbital Sciences Corporation (Orbital)’s STARTM 2.3 satellite platform Both Thales Alenia Space and Orbital will share in the contract responsibilities as co-prime partners and the satellite will be delivered in early 2012. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

The OverHorizon satellite provides a regenerative system for broadband communication via the satellite to, from and between small, inexpensive user terminals (“the Regenerative Communication System”) installed on moving vehicles, such as cars, trucks, boats, airplanes, etc.

About OverHorizon:
OverHorizon is a new satellite services operator addressing the global mobile broadband satellite communication market. OverHorizon's cost-effective solutions combine the mobility and ease of use of mobile satellite telephony, with the broadband throughput and real-time capability of VSAT solutions, meeting customer demands for modern, high data-rate, low-profile mobile communications.

More information about OverHorizon can be found at www.ovzon.com  


Chandrayaan-1
Indian mission to the Moon, with contribution from Sweden.
(From the homepage of The Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF)
(2008-10-20)

Chandrayaan-1 is the first Indian mission to the Moon. It will be launched by an Indian PSLV-XL rocket and will be placed in a circular 100-km polar orbit around the Moon to perform remote sensing of the lunar surface. The aim is to understand the origin of the Moon better by studying its geology, minerology, elemental composition and interaction with the environment.

The Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) has provided the experiment SARA (Sub-keV Atom Reflecting Analyzer). SARA was built jointly with the Space Physics Laboratory - Vikram Sarabhai Space Center (SPL-VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram, India, with contributions from the University of Bern, Switzerland, and the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Sagamihara, Japan. The European efforts are coordinated and partially funded by the European Space Agency (ESA).
SARA consists of two sensors, CENA (Chandrayaan–1 Energetic Neutrals Analyzer) and SWIM (Solar Wind Monitor), plus a DPU developed by SPL-VSSC. CENA measures fluxes of energetic neutrals in the energy range 10 eV – 3.3 keV with mass resolution and SWIM ion fluxes in the energy range 10 eV – 15 keV.

The SARA experiment will study how the plasma around the Moon interacts with a surface which is not protected by an atmosphere or a magnetic field. SARA measures atoms sputtered by ions impacting on the surface as well as monitoring this precipitating flux. This kind of experiment has never been undertaken in space before. In 2014 the sensors developed for SARA will fly to another object in the Solar system that also lacks an atmosphere, the planet Mercury, on board the ESA mission BepiColombo.

Chandrayaan-1 will lift October 22th.

Read more on www.irf.se  

Updated 29/04/2012
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