2022 highlights from RIT project team

We’re approaching the end of an exciting year with many milestones we should all be proud of. Our space region continues to develop, and the extension of the RIT-project by another 18 months is an important testimonial to everyone’s hard work. With eight more months to go before we wrap up the RIT project, we […]

Building a test bed for space technology

In 2021, 400 billion dollars were invested in the space sector globally. That number is expected to rise to over $1 trillion by 2040. New technology combined with the increasing applications of satellite data means that the demand for access to testbeds for new designs and products is growing. Within the project RIT Rymd för […]

Empowering women in the space industry

Dr/LtCol Ella Carlsson Women in Space is a professional network to empower women and non-binaries in the aerospace community and inspire girls and women to a future in the industry. During the autumn, two events have taken place – in Kiruna at Space Innovation Forum in October and hybrid in December where Sweden’s first military space […]

A Tinder for matching perfect research expertise

During his PhD studies, Erik Nyberg sometimes struggled to find colleagues for interdisciplinary research projects and had the idea of a digital platform where he could source the perfect team. Now, he’s exploring whether there is potential to turn the idea into reality, using space as his test bed. An unexpected finding from Erik Nyberg’s […]

Space Investment and Talent Day

Space Investment and Talent Day  was arranged on November 7-8  by our partner Arctic Business, leading the Swedish space incubator ESA BIC Sweden. It was a hybrid event with two physical stages in Luleå and Trollhättan showcasing start-ups in the European Space Agency’s business incubation programme followed by a talent day match-making skilled professionals with […]

The future of space is collab!

In a fully booked conference room in Kiruna, members from the academia, space companies, enabling organizations and the public sector gathered for two days. The fourteenth Space Innovation Forum event was themed “The next frontier – the space sector in Norrbotten, tomorrow and beyond”. The three work packages within RIT were presented by the project […]


The funds will support collaborative innovation through applied research, expanded lab and test facilities and business development for small- and medium enterprises. Led by regional development project RIT2021, the goal is to attract talent, investment and new business ventures to EU’s northernmost space hub. The triple helix partnership behind RIT2021 has received national and international […]

Startup from Swedish regional development project RIT2021 wins contract with Viasat Inc,

Arctic Space, a startup in satellite communications based in northern Sweden, is founded by three young engineers-turned entrepreneurs. Last week they reached a milstone when signing an international deal with Viasat, Inc. Thanks to grit and business development support from the regional development project RIT2021 (Space for Innovation and Growth), their innovative concept has accelerated […]

Great interest in Space Innovation Forum

The thirteenth Space Innovation Forum event was held in Kiruna on 1-2 December and attracted over a hundred visitors from academia, space companies, enabling organizations and the public sector. As Sweden and its northernmost space region is on the verge of providing unique launching capabilities on European ground, the event focused on the theme “Access […]

RIT2021 project manager Johanna Bergström Roos in Space Café WebTalk

On November 30, Space Café WebTalk will feature Johanna Bergström Roos, project manager for RIT2021, in conversation with SpaceWatch.Global’s publisher Torsten Kriening. The talk is titled “Rockets and Reindeers – A glimpse into Sweden’s northernmost space region”. The RIT2021 project is operated in the northernmost parts of Sweden, a region that is on the verge […]