- The Swedish Armed Forces are looking at whether they could use JAS 39 Gripen fighter jets to take satellites into space.
- Satellite launches are possible from the Esrange Spaceport in Kiruna above the Arctic Circle, which opened this year, but the Armed Forces want to explore alternative options too, in case of war.
- That’s why they’re looking at whether Gripen fighter jets could fulfil this role, says the head of Space capabilities and development at the Swedish Air Force, Ella Carlsson.
Related stories from around the North:
Finland: Report recommends creation of Finnish space situational awareness centre, Eye on the Arctic
Sweden: Arctic Sweden—Kiruna pivots from underground to outer space, Blog by Mia Bennett