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Esrange Space Center
« on: 05/24/2021 05:08 pm »
The New York Times - In Sweden’s Far North, a Space Complex Takes Shape
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The Esrange Space Center will be a testing ground for Europe’s first reusable vertical rocket in 2022, and it can conduct engine tests as well.
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On this day, the main activity consisted of engine testing by two fiercely competitive German space start-ups, Rocket Factory Augsburg and ISAR Aerospace Technologies.
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/23/world/europe/sweden-space-arctic-satellites.html

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Re: Esrange Space Center
« Reply #1 on: 05/24/2021 05:23 pm »
Both Isar and RFA have spoken of plans to launch from Andøya as well as Esrange, although really it's probably a race to see which site can develop fastest.

Fellow German rocket developer HyImpulse has also spoken of flying out of Esrange, but they've also named Shetland Space Centre and Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex as possibilities. And of course, if the North Sea offshore launch complex ever gets built, all three German companies would potentially be customers.

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Re: Esrange Space Center
« Reply #2 on: 07/27/2021 02:13 pm »
Sorry but I don't see how orbital launches can take place from Esrange.
Orbital launches have to fly over populated area in Norway, and Norway is developing it's own orbital launch complex at Andoya. Both ISAR Aerospace for Spectrum and RFA for RFA One have signed contracts for a launch site at Andoya.
I think Esrange Launch zone 3 will be very useful for suborbital launches; and propulsive landing technology development. I think it's first stage landing and moon landers where Esrange LZ3 was developed for.
I do see a service like Blue Origin New Shepard launching from Esrange LZ3, mostly for science but to lower cost for scientific flights possibly also with suborbital tourists.

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Re: Esrange Space Center
« Reply #3 on: 07/27/2021 02:57 pm »
For what it's worth, both ISAR and RFA have also signed on to launch from Esrange, in addition to Andøya. Those two companies seem to be taking an "all of the above" approach to considering launch sites. I don't know about the geographic constraints, I haven't looked at a map of proposed launch trajectories, but they're certainly attracting as much interest for orbital launch as other sites like Andøya, so those companies don't seem to be put off by it.

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Re: Esrange Space Center
« Reply #4 on: 08/27/2021 07:58 am »
Swedish Space Corporation - Fire at Esrange Space Center
"During a scheduled static firing test of a solid rocket motor, a fire broke out in the southern part of the base area affecting surrounding buildings. The fire is now under control and post-extinguishing work is being carried out ​by the Rescue Service, who continue to monitor the situation to prevent further spread."
https://sscspace.com/news-activities/safety/

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Re: Esrange Space Center
« Reply #5 on: 08/27/2021 02:33 pm »
O No, most likely a setback in the DLR Red Kite stage development.
AFAIK this solid stage testbench rated for up to 500kN thrust was located nearby to the east of the sounding rocket launch area. The Skylark tower is located closest to the stage test bench.
« Last Edit: 08/27/2021 02:44 pm by Rik ISS-fan »

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Re: Esrange Space Center
« Reply #6 on: 08/28/2021 08:26 am »
Quote from: Swedish Space Corporation
Press Relase 27 August 2021

After the Esrange fire: Only sounding rocket operations affected

The fire that broke out yesterday morning at Esrange during a scheduled static firing test of a solid rocket motor, partially damaged the infrastructure used for launching sounding rockets. The remaining operations at Esrange, which is one of the world's most versatile space bases, are not affected by the incident.

Esrange Space Center is one of the world's most versatile space bases, including a number of functions that are important to our society. The base is currently being expanded with new capability for further utilization of space.

The fire did not cause any damages to the majority of the ongoing operations at Esrange. Satellite operations and communications, stratospheric balloons and the newly established rocket testing facility was not affected, nor was the ongoing expansion for the planned satellite launches.

However, the fire caused damage to parts of the launching facility for sounding rockets (rockets conducting research in microgravity) used at Esrange since the 60’s, as well as parts of the nearby buildings. No one was injured in the incident.

“Most important is that our staff and everyone else who were at the base are safe. But there are many sad faces at Esrange today. The sounding rocket operations is somewhat the heart of Esrange since this was where it all began more than fifty years ago”, says Lennart Poromaa, SSC Site Manager.

The Rescue Services left the site late Thursday evening. An investigation is now being carried out to find the cause of the accident and evaluate how to resume the sounding rocket operations.

“It is still too early to say what caused the fire. SSC will seek external assistance to investigate the incident together with our own experts, in order to avoid similar incidents in the future”, says Stefan Gardefjord, SSC CEO.

“Now, it is important to resume our sounding rocket operations as quickly as possible. These rockets carry important experiments for research purposes within various areas. We are now working intensively to see how we can resume this part of our business again”, says Lennart Poromaa.

(From https://sscspace.com/news-activities/safety/.)


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Re: Esrange Space Center
« Reply #7 on: 08/28/2021 08:11 pm »
https://sscspace.com/news-activities/safety/
Quote from: Swedish Space Corporation
Update: 28 August, 2021
On Friday afternoon at 5 pm local time, a small fire flared up again from the sparks from yesterday's fire at Esrange. The flames were discovered by the on-duty Esrange guard and Rescue Services were quickly on site and extinguished the fire in about an hour. The fire arose from embers that remained in the wooden facade inside the part of the facility that burned yesterday, which for safety reasons have been sealed off since. Shortly after 7 pm, the area was secured and the Rescue Services left Esrange.

Here a old image from the transfer corridor between the payload preparation hall and the Skylark Tower.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fijian_scion/22795400942/in/photostream/lightbox/

This is a tweet with a GIF where a rocket launches from the Skylark tower. AFAIK in the far right side of the image the solid stage horizontal teststand is visible.
https://twitter.com/tehWKD/status/1293897021942829058
« Last Edit: 08/28/2021 08:16 pm by Rik ISS-fan »

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Re: Esrange Space Center
« Reply #8 on: 11/18/2021 04:35 pm »

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Re: Esrange Space Center
« Reply #9 on: 11/20/2021 01:06 am »
Rocket launches soon resumed at Esrange [dated Nov. 19]

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The fire at Esrange Space Center in August earlier this year damaged important launch infrastructure at the site. Now, only three months later, the preparations are at full speed for a first rocket launch after the incident. Temporary solutions have been implemented for facilities, launch equipment, launch safety systems and cabling operational. The first planned launch will take place at the end of this month with the Mapheus 10 sounding rocket campaign [27 November - 12 December].

“Thanks to the dedicated work from our employees in creating temporary infrastructural solutions, our sounding rocket campaigns can soon be resumed again, only three months after the incident. These campaigns are of such great importance for research in a variety of fields, and we are really happy to resume this part of our operations again”, says Lennart Poromaa, President of Science Services at Esrange.

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Re: Esrange Space Center
« Reply #10 on: 03/19/2022 08:57 pm »
Rocket campaigns postponed at Esrange [dated Mar. 3]

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In light of the current geopolitical situation in Europe, all planned rocket launches from Esrange Space Center have been postponed.

This is a joint decision between SSC and our partners, which means that the planned rocket campaigns TEXUS 57 and REXUS 29/30 will stay on the ground for the time being. SSC continues to keep a close dialogue with our customers and partners. The balloon campaigns at Esrange stay unaffected and will continue according to plan.

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Re: Esrange Space Center
« Reply #11 on: 04/11/2022 10:55 pm »
May I ask why this is in the commercial Orbital section, while it's very unlikely Esrange will ever be the location for an orbital launch?
The Swedes might want it, but Norway doesn't, so it won't happen.
Reusable sub-orbital rockets are going to launch from LZ-3.

There was this update:
https://twitter.com/SSCspace/status/1491736893649825795?cxt=HHwWhsC9xaOz27MpAAAA

I would like to see the development of a downrange landing zone. So more difficult stage landing profiles can be tested.
Isn't the fastest and most affordable path towards reliable first stage reuse testing on smaller scale? aka the first stages of RFA one and ISAR Spectrum. Could they launch a Ø2.5m capsule, with 500kg payload to about 200km altitude and land (a bit) downrange?
« Last Edit: 04/11/2022 11:05 pm by Rik ISS-fan »

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Re: Esrange Space Center
« Reply #12 on: 12/31/2022 02:26 am »
https://twitter.com/AndrewParsonson/status/1605920913844748288

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Big news just in: @SSCspace has announced that the Esrange orbital launch facility in Sweden is complete. A ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Swedish head of state, King Carl XVI Gustaf, together with European and Swedish political dignitaries is planned for January.

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Re: Esrange Space Center
« Reply #13 on: 01/08/2023 01:57 am »

For full press release please visit the following permalink:
Inauguration of Mainland Europe’s first satellite launch complex
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Inauguration of Mainland Europe’s first satellite launch complex
DECEMBER 22, 2022


PRESS RELEASE


Inauguration by H.M the King of Sweden, the Swedish Prime Minister and the President of the EU Commission in January 2023

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For questions or inquiries please contact: Philip Ohlsson, SSC Head of Communications, +46 (0)70 721 70 26, [email protected]


Media Pack: http://sscspace.canto.global/v/press
Inauguration of Spaceport Esrange (SSC Event livestream):


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Re: Esrange Space Center
« Reply #14 on: 01/08/2023 02:32 am »
Existing thread for Esrange Space Center: https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=53942.0

[zubenelgenubi: Threads merged; this post edited.]

For full press release please visit the following permalink:
Inauguration of Mainland Europe’s first satellite launch complex
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On 13 January 2023, the Swedish head of state, King Carl XVI Gustaf, together with European and Swedish political dignitaries will visit Esrange Space Center in northern Sweden to cut the ribbon of a new spaceport that will significantly reshape the European space landscape. After years of preparation and construction, European mainland’s first orbital launch complex, Spaceport Esrange, will be inaugurated. The event will take place in the city of Kiruna in conjunction with Sweden taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
« Last Edit: 01/08/2023 02:50 pm by zubenelgenubi »

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Re: Esrange Space Center
« Reply #15 on: 01/13/2023 02:21 pm »
Quick sanity check: Spaceport Sweden is the same thing as Esrange, right? That page I link mentions heritage from Esrange (and being in the same city), but the press releases about the Esrange ribbon-cutting all mention "Spaceport Esrange," not "Spaceport Sweden."

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Re: Esrange Space Center
« Reply #16 on: 01/13/2023 03:34 pm »
Quick sanity check: Spaceport Sweden is the same thing as Esrange, right? That page I link mentions heritage from Esrange (and being in the same city), but the press releases about the Esrange ribbon-cutting all mention "Spaceport Esrange," not "Spaceport Sweden."
Incorrect. Spaceport Sweden is a unofficial and potentially fake site. Swedish Space Corporation and the Swedish government whole own the new ESA launch site. Its website currently is https://sscspace.com/ though I keep getting spoofed and deceptive sire alerts today.
« Last Edit: 01/13/2023 03:47 pm by russianhalo117 »

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Re: Esrange Space Center
« Reply #17 on: 01/13/2023 06:48 pm »
Quick sanity check: Spaceport Sweden is the same thing as Esrange, right? That page I link mentions heritage from Esrange (and being in the same city), but the press releases about the Esrange ribbon-cutting all mention "Spaceport Esrange," not "Spaceport Sweden."
Incorrect. Spaceport Sweden is a unofficial and potentially fake site. Swedish Space Corporation and the Swedish government whole own the new ESA launch site. Its website currently is https://sscspace.com/ though I keep getting spoofed and deceptive sire alerts today.
Good to know. I got that link from this article about Andøya (which Eric Berger referenced in his recent Rocket Report), and I guess the author of that piece was fooled by the hoax.

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Re: Esrange Space Center
« Reply #18 on: 01/13/2023 06:53 pm »
Quick sanity check: Spaceport Sweden is the same thing as Esrange, right? That page I link mentions heritage from Esrange (and being in the same city), but the press releases about the Esrange ribbon-cutting all mention "Spaceport Esrange," not "Spaceport Sweden."
Incorrect. Spaceport Sweden is a unofficial and potentially fake site. Swedish Space Corporation and the Swedish government whole own the new ESA launch site. Its website currently is https://sscspace.com/ though I keep getting spoofed and deceptive sire alerts today.
Good to know. I got that link from this article about Andøya (which Eric Berger referenced in his recent Rocket Report), and I guess the author of that piece was fooled by the hoax.
If it was a valid website ESA, the Swedish government, and SSC would have referenced the site and stste that it was called it that. Nothing points to them doing that.

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Re: Esrange Space Center
« Reply #19 on: 01/19/2023 12:09 am »
Sweden opens orbital launch site looking for users

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Swedish and European officials inaugurated what they called mainland Europe’s first orbital launch site Jan. 13, but it’s unclear who will launch from the facility and when.

During a brief ceremony at the Esrange Space Center in northern Sweden attended by the king and the prime minister of Sweden as well as the president of the European Commission, the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) declared a new orbital launch facility at the site, which has long hosted sounding rocket launches, is ready to accommodate customers.

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Re: Esrange Space Center
« Reply #20 on: 04/25/2023 04:55 pm »
Esrange unintentionally launched a rocket into Norway. Not a good look...

https://sscspace.com/science-rocket-landed-in-norway/

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Re: Esrange Space Center
« Reply #21 on: 04/25/2023 07:47 pm »
Most likely the VSB-30 rocket diverted so much from it's predicted flight pad because it couldn't be launched from the Skylark tower, that was normaly used. And because of wind conditions.
I think it was the successor for the S-30/S31, the Red Kite motor, that broke free from the stating firing test stand and the resulting fire damaged the Skylark tower. This tower has a long launch rail, that was dedicated to the 22" of the Skylark, VS(B)-30 and could likely also accommodate the Red Kite suborbital launchers. But the Skylark tower was damaged the to the extend it can't be used for launches.
Serious repair work is needed, apparently.

Thus instead SSC/DLR placed the MAN launcher at the Maxus launch site. An they launch from there.


The MAN launcher has a much shorter launch rail, and isn't protected from the environment. Thus the rocket is traveling slower and has experienced more wind effects when it is leaving the MAN launch rail. Wind will have much more effect on the trajectory of the unguided VSB-30 launcher. Now wind conditions were also unfavorable, resulting in the payload landing outside of the launch range.

I think SSC/DLR have a serious problem, they have to impement serious wind constraints on followon launches or two stage suborbital rockets from the MAN launcher. They need to repair the Skylark tower or require a new larger launcher to launch the unguided multi stage rockets.
The skylark tower is inflexible and dated. Possibly it's beter removed and rebuild it elsewhere as exhibit elsewhere. (I think it's a valuable historic launch infrastucture, but it can't be preserved at the SSC suborbital launch zone. Possibly SSC/DLR can invest in one or several larger mobile launch installations; that they can place at the MAXUS launcher; Demolisched Skylark launch zone and/or LZ-3. At Esrange HyEnD and at Andoya Nammo showed that hybrid rockets could launch from ordinary launchers (Nammo Nucleus from Athena, and HyEnD Heros and N2ORTH from MRL. 

 

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« Reply #22 on: 04/25/2023 11:42 pm »
According to the BBC the Norwegian Foreign Ministry are upset because they weren't properly informed through the correct channels about the landing and subsequent recovery and they describe both as 'unauthorised'.

Accidents due to failures happen. But flying into someone else's country, picking something up, and then flying it back into yours without getting the proper permissions is not the way to maintain good relations.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-65394912

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Re: Esrange Space Center
« Reply #23 on: 04/26/2023 02:47 am »
I don't know what prearrangements Esrange has with Norway for something like this, but I don't believe there are any customs, immigration or other formalities between the two countries at the moment.

We don't know if the Swedes didn't call anyone, called someone, but it wasn't the right person, or did everything right, but it didn't get through channels at the Foreign Ministry.
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Re: Esrange Space Center
« Reply #24 on: 04/26/2023 05:06 am »
This was an accident on Norwegian soil, so our equivalent of the FAA would have to be immediately brought in. That didn't happen, and they should have realized that this was not OK.

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« Reply #25 on: 04/26/2023 08:07 am »
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The Norwegian foreign ministry has expressed irritation with Sweden for not immediately informing it of a research rocket that crashed in Norway, in a rare spat between the two neighbours.
The rocket, which was launched early Monday from the Esrange Space Centre in Kiruna, northern Sweden, plunged into a mountainside in the Målselv municipality in Norway’s far north, about 10km (six miles) from the closest inhabited area.
No one was injured and no material damage was reported.
“The crash of a rocket like this is a very serious incident that can cause serious damage,” the foreign ministry in Oslo said.

https://amp.theguardian.com/world/2023/apr/25/norway-irked-over-swedens-silence-on-rocket-that-crashed-on-its-shores

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Re: Esrange Space Center
« Reply #26 on: 04/26/2023 05:17 pm »
The 40 km error in landing area didn't sound very serioust to me. Until I looked closer at the size of the range.
I'll share an image so you can form your own opinion. It's from the paper:
Performance analysis of an IMU-augmented GNSS tracking system on board the MAIUS-1 sounding rocket


Edit: SSC safety announcement 219 link: pdf
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Four rocket launches are planned at Esrange. All rockets are predicted to impact in Zone B.
« Last Edit: 04/29/2023 09:27 am by Rik ISS-fan »

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Re: Esrange Space Center
« Reply #27 on: 12/06/2023 02:50 pm »
The Skylark tower in ESRANGE is operational again. It was used to launch a VSB-30 suborbital rocket for the MAIUS-2 mission on the 2nd of December.



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The launch of MAIUS-2 also was the first from the newly renovated Skylark launcher, since the launcher was damaged in the unfortunate fire back in 2021.

“One could say this is the return of a legend – the Skylark Tower is indeed one of the most iconic parts of the Esrange skyline. I am pleased that the first launch from it was a successful one, and I am looking forward to many more in 2024,” says Lennart Poromaa, President Science Services and Head of Esrange Space Center.

Source: https://sscspace.com/universes-coldest-particles-from-esrange-rocket-maius/


 

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