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

Press release 03.07.2019:

Space Norway to provide satellite based Arctic broadband

Space Norway will cooperate with the satellite operator Inmarsat and the Norwegian Ministry of Defence to offer mobile broadband coverage to civilian and military users in the Arctic. Two satellites will be built by Northrop Grumman and are scheduled to be launched by SpaceX in late 2022. The ground station will be established in North Norway and ensure Norwegian control of this critically important capability.

“This will be a milestone for people in the Arctic who have very limited or no broadband access in the region” says Jostein Rønneberg, Space Norway ́s CEO.“We are building a robust communications capability in an area strategically important to Norway and our partners. This will be vital for surveillance, fishery control and rescue operations in the vast sea area that is under Norwegian control, and will significantly improve our ability to operate in the High North”.

Space Norway, a limited liability company owned by the Norwegian government, has established a new subsidiary company, Space Norway HEOSAT AS, to manage the program and operate the two satellites together with Kongsberg Satellites Services in Tromsø, Norway. The program is fully financed with customer agreements in place for the service life of the satellites.

“After a multi-year dedicated effort, we are both proud and happy to have closed customer agreements with Inmarsat and with the Norwegian and US militaries”, saysthe Program Director Kjell-Ove Skare. “This is an exciting collaborative effort, which ensures a cost effective solution for all parties. Now we are eager to start the real work of building the satellites and the ground stations. We look forward to providingthe world’s first and only mobile broadband service in the Artic region; somethingwhich has long been an important objective for the Norwegian authorities.”

Both satellites will be launched in late 2022 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket into a Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO), which will provide full coverage from 65 degrees North,

which in practical terms is the area North of the Arctic Circle. Each of the two satellites will carry multiple payloads, and the system is scheduled to be operational for at least 15 years with users able to switch between current geostationary satellites and the HEO satellites. Each satellite will have a mass of 2000 kg and provide 6 kWatt power through their sun arrays.

Space Norway is close to conclude planning for its Arctic Satellite Broadband Mission

Date: June 24th, 2019

Space Norway has for several years studied ways of closing the Polar broadband communications gap and provide reliable satellite delivered broadband to users in the Arctic. We have worked closely with potential commercial and government customers in order to find a cost effective, collaborative solution which will ensure this capacity is made available to civilian as well as governmental users.

We will build two communication satellites to be launched late in 2022 on one rocket into a Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO). See animationwhich shows how the two satellites move in the orbit where they pass will over the Arctic at an altitude of 43000 km (apogee), while at 8000 km (perigee) over the Antarctic. The satellites will cover all the area North of the Arctic Circle for 8 hours in each 16 hours period and will provide full time broadband to users on the ground, on ships and aircrafts. On each satellite there will be several payloads for our commercial and government customers. The satellite will be designed for a 15 year service life and will be financed through long term contracts with our customers.

In order to conduct this challenging program Space Norway has established a subsidiary limited liability company, Space Norway HEOSAT, which will conduct the program and later operate the satellites. Ground stations and satellite operations will be established in North Norway.

In order for Space Norway to engage in such a strategic endeavor it has been paramount that our owner, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, would provide Space Norway the required equity to conduct the program. We are proud and happy that on Friday 21 June the Norwegian Government confirmed the provision of up 101 MUSD as equity (link to Norwegian press release) to the Arctic Satellite Broadband Mission. In addition to this equity we are in process of closing a bank loan. Space Norway is now finalizing preparations before the Program can be put forward to the Board of Directors for final decision.