What we do

Norway was among the first nations to utilize satellites for the benefit of society. Space-based infrastructure has become increasingly strategic, and is pivotal for enforcing sovereignity and providing critical services.

Our business

Several important and critical functions depend on information from satellites. Space Norway’s task is to manage and further develop strategic and security-critical space infrastructure safeguarding basic national functions.

Space Norway’s activity level has increased significantly in recent years, as several essential space programs and projects have been carried to completion.

Space Norway owns and is responsible for the fibreoptic connection between mainland Norway and Svalbard. In addition to transmitting satellite data to customers worldwide, the fibre system is the primary connection between Svalbard and the outside world. The fibre connection has triggered significant space-related business development and provided benefits for the Svalbard community.

The Space Norway history

Norway was an early mover in adopting space technology, primarily because of the need for maritime communication and surveillance of vast ocean areas. Norwegian space activities have been user-oriented and a tool for safeguarding Norwegian interests. Space Norway is the result of a forward-looking Norwegian Space Agency in an early phase of space exploration.

Satellites

AISSat-1

Orbits

62 618

Altitude

608 km

AISSat-2

Orbits

35 944

Altitude

620 km

NorSat-1

Orbits

24 776

Altitude

593 km

NorSat-2

Orbits

24 782

Altitude

592 km

NorSat-3

Orbits

4 129

Altitude

608 km

Our business

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.