The university and SSC in new partnership – aiming for assets for industry and society


Researchers at Luleå University of Technology will develop models to provides an even deeper understanding of the radio environment at SSC space center Esrange, located in northern Sweden. As the space industry and demand for satellite data increases globally, SSC is aiming to increase capacity within current and future services. The collaboration is taking place within the regional development project RIT2021.

Esrange – one of the most versatile space centers worldwide

– Through collaboration with researchers at Luleå University of Technology, we gain access to cutting-edge expertise and insights that will help us to increase the utilization of the unique assets at Esrange, says Petrus Hyvönen, Director of Strategic Technology and Innovations at SSC.

Attracting talent to the region

The project will be run by Tayebeh Taheri, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering. Luleå University of Technology. With a recently completed doctorate at the university and several years of international professional experience from the industry, this became a perfect reason for her to stay in northern Sweden and continue research in her area of ​​expertise.

– This project is an interesting topic and it felt only natural for me to continue my research with the university. The space sector puts this region on the world map as it offers a relatively unique set of assets.

These types of projects are excellent opportunities to attract international research talent to the region of Norrbotten and the university, says Tayebeh Taheri.

Research with societal and industry impact

For the university, this project is a way to make new research results and insights accessible to wider society, business and industry, not least in the space sector that has regional, national and global importance, says Jeep van de Beek, professor and head of the Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering:

With this project, we not only deepen our collaboration with SSC and contributions to the space industry, but also create interesting and cutting-edge opportunities for our researchers and students

The research project is carried out within the project RIT2021, a three-year regional development project with the aim of creating growth in the space industry.

About RIT2021

RIT2021 is a regional development project run by Luleå University of Technology, LTU Business, IRF and Arctic Business, with support from OHB Sweden, SSC, GKN Aerospace, Region Norrbotten, Kiruna Municipality, Luleå Municipality, Sparbanken Nord and the EU. Read more about RIT2021 here