Registration open for Space Innovation Forum 19-20 sept 2023 in Kiruna

We look forward to share valueable insights and inspiring examples of REAL impact of collaboration and innovation spanning 8 years.  – The RIT project has attracted national and international recognition as a benchmark and success story of collaboration and innovation to drive regional development. We have grown the number of space companies in the region fourfold and built […]


Creating conditions for space startups to thrive

Have you ever heard of an innovation eco-system and wondered what it is and why it’s needed? Aren’t entrepreneurs self-made? We asked Jens Lundström, member of the RIT steering committee, about his experience to find out the some of impact of nearly ten years’ efforts to create ideal conditions for new space-related products, services and […]


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 […]