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Kanika Garg
Kanika Garg, Luleå University of Technology, in the middle together with the supervisors, opponent and grading committee. View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Unique research partnership with SSC

Published: 3 February 2020

In the first partnership of its kind, space researchers at Luleå University of Technology and SSC (Swedish Space Corporation) have explored the potential to automate stratospheric balloons.

Kanika Garg's Doctoral thesis in Onboard Space Systems, Autonomous Navigation System for High Altitude Balloons, is the object for the collaboration. She explains how applied research in close collaboration with a partner like SSC has presented unique opportunities.

– We’re developing solutions to technical challenges for the sector. Having a private sector partner on board from the beginning has provided access to data and business intelligence that are otherwise difficult to come by, says Kanika Garg.

Applied research presents unique synergies for both parties – not least knowledge transfer, but also access to expertise, data and contact networks. Kent Andersson, Kanika Garg’s industrial supervisor on behalf of SSC, says:

– Collaborating with Kanika and Luleå University of Technology has been an opportunity for us to expand our insight in a priority area as well as getting access to expertise that complements our needs and helps us to continue improving our offer.

Collaboration continues

And there is more to come – four new joint industry-academia research projects for SSC and the university.

– Our vision with RIT2021 is to leverage benefits for all stakeholders by uniting cutting-edge research and industry. With four new joint research projects planned with SSC, and other projects underway in partnership with GKN Aerospace and OHB, the benefits are clear, says Johanna Bergström-Roos, project manager of RIT2021.