Image shows an impact crater in the Sirenum Fossae region of Mars, photographed by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
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The space industry gathers at Chalmers
On 10–12 October, actors from the space industry gather in Gothenburg for the conference Rymdforum – Space Forum 2021, where the latest research, technical achievements and Sweden's role in space will be discussed for two days. The space industry has a key role in terms of our ability to handle the climate challenge, environment and safety – and, among others, Swedish "Minister of Space", Matilda Ernkrans participates.
More and more authorities, companies and individuals in Sweden use space technology for everything from climate research, environment and weather forecasts to agriculture, fishing and traffic planning. And the number of satellites in operation is expected to reach tens of thousands within the next ten years. In the latest budget bill, the government proposes an annual increase in the space budget by SEK 100 million. In short – space is more important than ever.
And large part of the Swedish space industry can be found in Western Sweden, in an industry whose importance has increased exponentially in recent years.
- But how is the work with a lunar base for space travel going?
- What are Europe's space plans?
- What significance do future satelliteshave for the communication networks?
- How does space operations contribute to entrepreneurship and growth?
- How can space systems help achieve the goals of Agenda 2030?
- And will we ever find life on other planets?
This and much more will be discussed at the conference Space Forum 2021.
The theme for this year's Space Forum is "Space in new era". Among the participants are Minister for Higher Education and Research, Matilda Ernkrans, Director General of the Swedish Space Agency, Anna Rathsman, as well as a number of foreign and Swedish experts, researchers, politicians and business leaders. There is also an exhibition where most Swedish space companies exhibit.