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Space Systems

We conduct research on the design, development, assembly, qualification, testing and operation of ground, space and launch segments. Our research topics include small bodies exploration and exploitation, spacecraft avionics, rocket propulsion systems and diagnostics, small satellites and other microgravity platforms.

We develop subsystems, payloads and spacecraft for technology demonstrations and utilisation as well as space applications and exploration for operations on the ground, in the atmosphere, in Earth orbit and beyond.

Picture of a globe, Luleå University of Technology
EU boosts Sweden's space sector

The funds will support collaborative innovation through applied research, expanded lab and test facilities and business development for small- and medium enterprises. Led by regional development project RIT2021, the goal is to attract talent, investment and new business ventures to EU’s northernmost space hub.

Jessica Meir, NASA astronaut and Honorary Doctor at Luleå University of Technology
Weightlessness, Spider-Man and new perspectives

Jessica Meir spent 205 days in space on the International Space Station. She is a NASA astronaut, a marine biologist, and a physiologist. Jessica Meir is also Honorary Doctor at Luleå University of Technology.

KvarkenSat, Luleå University of Technology
Swedish-Finnish collaboration sends satellite to space

A collaboration between Swedish and Finnish universities and research institutes will result in a nanosatellite, KvarkenSat, eventually being launched into orbit around the Earth. The satellite is built by researchers at Luleå University of Technology and will provide various actors with space data.

Alexis Bohlin, Luleå University of Technology
Unique research provides greener rocket propulsion systems

The number of rocket launches expects to increase in the future. Alexis Bohlin, researcher in Space Systems at Luleå University of Technology, wants to contribute to greener rocket engine fuel and components that provide less climate impact. – The goal is to improve the efficiency and reduce emissions of modern rocket technology, says Alexis Bohlin.

Asteroids named after LTU researchers

Two asteroids located in the Main Asteroid Belt has been named Toliou and Tsirvoulis in recognition of Luleå University of Technology’s space researchers Athanasia Toliou and Georgios Tsirvoulis.

Diane Delley, Luleå University of Technology
Space student received Global Swede Award

Diane Delley, student at the Joint Master Programme in Space Science and Technology – SpaceMaster, has received the Global Swede Award from the Swedish Institute.