Our mission is to own and lease out space-related infrastructure, and to make other investments in space-related activities.

Space Norway in brief

Space Norway as (formerly Norsk Romsenter Eiendom as) was established in 1995 as a subsidiary of the Norwegian Space Centre to act as a vehicle for the Centre’s operational activities.

The company owns the fibre optic cable between Svalbard and mainland Norway. The cable is a key element of Norway’s infrastructure in the Arctic. Space Norway owns a 50 % stake in Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT). KSAT was established by the Norwegian Space Centre, Space Norway, and the Kongsberg Group in 2001. KSAT reads data from satellites that are observing the Earth from space. The company is the largest of its kind in the world and has enjoyed excellent growth in the international market.

Space Norway  have at its disposal satellite-based communications capacity providing coverage of the Troll Research Station in Antarctica. The solution on board the Thor 7 satellite has been developed in cooperation with Telenor. Space Norway is also the owner of Statsat AS, a company that manages small satellites owned by the Norwegian state, such as AISSat-1 and -2 and Norsat-1 and -2. Space Norway investigates the possibility of establishing new projects in space-related activities based in Norway, whether alone or in cooperation with others.

Our Board of directors:

Asbjørn Birkeland, Chairman
Nina Frisak, Board member
Ingvild Myhre, Board member
Hege Flatheim, Board member
Øyvind Stene, Board member

Government wants Arctic internet

Today, broadband coverage in the High North is poor and unstable. The Government now wants Norwegian satellites to make broadband communications available in the Arctic.

“Fast, stable internet is important to anyone operating in the High North, whether in shipping, defence, fisheries or research,” says Minister of Trade and Industry Torbjørn Røe Isaksen (Conservative Party).

Space Norway AS has been working to establish satellite-based broadband communications capacity in the High North since 2015. Space Norway’s project is based on a system of two satellites providing coverage 24 hours a day in the area north of 65 degrees N latitude. The expected lifespan of the satellites is 15 years. If all goes according to plan, the satellites will be launched in 2022.

For negotiations to proceed with customers, suppliers and banks, the company needs a promise that the Norwegian state will contribute, in its capacity as owner, about NOK 1 billion in equity capital if the company manages to negotiate good agreements.

The Government is therefore proposing a conditional pledge to Space Norway AS of about NOK 1 billion in equity capital to realise this project. This means the state will contribute equity if Space Norway lands agreements ensuring, among other things, the project’s commercial profitability. In addition, the customers must bear market risk by securing project income across the lifespan of the satellites.

“Space Norway AS’s project represents an exciting opportunity to meet society’s needs for broadband communications at low cost to the state. A solid communications system will also facilitate increased value creation in the High North,” says Røe Isaksen.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide (Conservative Party) added: “The High North is Norway’s most important strategic area of ​​responsibility. It is quite natural that we take a leading role in establishing better communications in the region.”

Poor coverage in the High North makes it harder for the authorities to carry out security and emergency services such as search and rescue at sea, oil spill protection and crisis management. Not least, the Armed Forces requires stable and secure communications for operations in Norwegian waters.

“Space Norway’s project is important to the Norwegian Armed Forces, and can also serve the needs of our allies,” says Minister of Defence Frank Bakke-Jensen (Conservative Party).