This is Space Norway
Space Norway’s assets and operations include technology and infrastructure in an area where the Norwegian Government has a need for control and supervision.
Space Norway is 100% owned by the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries and represents a key part of the Norwegian Government’s activities and assets in the space sector.
Companies in the group
The group comprises the holding company Space Norway AS including the 100% owned subsidiaries Statsat AS and Space Norway HEOSAT AS (HEOSAT), as well as a 50% ownership in Kongsberg Satellite Services AS (KSAT).
- Statsat is responsible for the development and operation of small satellites for governmental use. The business is mainly related to the operation and renewal of the Norwegian Coastal Administration’s fleet of AIS satellites. The assignment is reviewed annually, but long-term plans for maintenance and continued operations have been established.
- HEOSAT was registered in 2019 and is a single purpose company with the goal to establish broadband communication in the Arctic by launching two satellites into a highly elliptical orbit with a corresponding ground segment. The capacity has been sold in its entirety to the Norwegian Armed Forces, the US Space Force and Inmarsat.
- KSAT is a joint venture owned 50/50 by Space Norway AS and Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace AS. KSAT is the world’s largest supplier of ground station services for controlling and downloading data from satellites in polar orbits. At the end of 2020, KSAT operated approx. 200 antennas and conducted approx. 50,000 satellite contacts per month. KSAT supplies services to such space programmes as Galileo and Copernicus which are important ESA/EU-funded programmes.