More and more new products and services based on satellite data are introduced, contributing to making society safer and more efficient.
The Norwegian Space Agency governs Norway’s space policy on behalf of the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, contributes to the development of Norway’s space industry, and ensures that public allocations are being used effectively. Keywords are industry and business, benefits to society as well as consumers, and scientific research.
The Norwegian Space Agency is central in all these aspects. Norway is a full member state of the European Space Agency (ESA), and this membership is governed by the Norwegian Space Agency through active delegate participation in ESA’s many committees and councils. A close cooperation with the Norwegian ministries and political leadership is central to the efficiency of the Norwegian Space Agency.
Norway’s space industri currently counts approximately 40 large and small businesses. They develop and produce a variety of solutions for space, from terminals for satellite communication and technology for earth observation satellites, to sensors for gamma radiation in deep space, and sell their products and services on the global market. The revenue of the Norwegian space industry is approximately NOK 8 billion yearly.
Norway’s space companies are located all over the country, from Longyearbyen in the north to Larvik in the south, and from Eidsvoll in the east to Bergen in the west. The two main clusters are situated in Eastern Norway around Oslo and in Northern Norway around Tromsø. The Norwegian space industry is a medium-sized sector that has the potential for growth as the oil and gas industry begins to see less demand for high-competency employees
In close cooperation with Europe
The framework conditions for the growth of the Norwegian space business are set by Norway’s national space strategy and allocations in the national budget. Implementation is mainly done through Norway’s participation in ESA and the European Union’s (EU) space programs.
One of the primary responsibilities of the Norwegian Space Agency is to help Nowegian businesses win contracts in ESA’s many development programs. Because of this, ESA remains our most important doorway to influence. The Norwegian Space Agency has a great familiarity with and knowledge of the many programs and opportunities offered by ESA. We maintain a large network of contacts and the expertise to advise Norwegian companies which space programs are right for them.
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