Beyond Gravity (formerly RUAG Space) is Sweden’s largest industrial space company with sites in Gothenburg (ca. 240 employees) and Linköping (ca. 160 employees). In Linköping the company is expanding its production capacity of satellite dispensers, which safely place satellites into space. A new hall close to the existing hall will allow the production of twice as many products as before. In the new facility Beyond Gravity will produce the dispensers for more than 3000 internet satellites for Project Kuiper, an Amazon initiative to increase global broadband access through a constellation of satellites in Low Earth Orbit.
“Everyday people benefit from space activities”
On Monday, 22 August, Anna Ekström, Minister for Education and responsible for space matters, visited Beyond Gravity in Linköping. “Everyday people benefit from space activities. Satellites in space provide crucial information for weather forecasts or a better understanding of the climate crisis. The Swedish space industry is of crucial importance to our society and to Sweden’s ambition to be a world leader in combatting climate change”, says Anna Ekström. “Space activities and research also provide new jobs as well as new knowledge and opportunities for innovation and competitiveness.”
Every fifth satellite is placed in space by Swedish technology
“Every fifth satellite in space is placed in orbit by technology from Sweden. With the expansion of our site in Linköping we strengthen our world leading position in the placement of satellites. At the same time, we create high quality workplaces in the booming and increasingly important space sector”, adds Anders Larson, Beyond Gravity’s Managing Director for Sweden, and mentions some examples: “Satellites in space provide essential information about climate, weather, navigation or security.”