Associated Partners

EISCAT Scientific Association is an international organisation conducting fundamental research into the upper atmosphere and interactions between the Earth and space. It has successfully operated powerful ionospheric incoherent scatter radars in northern Scandinavia and on Svalbard for more than 35 years. The present EISCAT systems are fully integrated in a global network of incoherent scatter radars. It is funded and operated by research councils and funding organisations in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Japan, China, and the United Kingdom.

ESC Aerospace is an expert in the field of on-board software and satellite support systems. The company is active in the areas of aerospace, IT systems, communications, defence, transportation systems, control and automation.

Institute of Space Science and Applied Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), Shenzen, contains 10 research groups with the focus on space and planetary science. HIT is the unique Chinese university which has independently developed 7 satellites and the 1st micro-sat (Test 1 in 2004). Students of HIT independently developed and controlled the 1st micro-sat Jilin 1 in 2015. HIT has successfully completed the 1st Chinese satellite-earth high speed laser communication test, and this achievement was awarded the First Prize of National Technology Invention. HIT has won the Chinese outstanding collaboration award in manned space engineering projects. The new Space Environment Simulation and Research Infrastructure (SESRI) will fill in the blanks in national simulation facilities, as a research platform to comprehensively study space environment interacting with material science in the integrated environment of space. SESRI integrates and develops multiple disciplines.

Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) ( is a governmental research institute with about 100 employees in Kiruna, Umeå, Uppsala and Lund. Its primary task is to carry out basic research, education and associated observatory activities in space physics, space technology and atmospheric physics. IRF performs ground-based measurements of ionospheric parameters, the geomagnetic field, optical aurora, and radio wave propagation, as well as performing in-situ measurements with satellites. IRF currently has satellite instruments orbiting the Earth on the following missions: Cluster II (ESA/NASA), MMS (NASA), and Swarm (ESA). IRF also has instruments orbiting Mars on the satellite mission Mars Express (ESA). Instruments from IRF have recently made measurements around the Moon with Chandrayaan-1 (ISRO), Saturn with Cassini (NASA/ESA/ASI), Venus with Venus Express (ESA) and at the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko with the Rosetta mission (ESA). Three instruments have been developed for the combined European-Japanese BepiColombo mission to Mercury. IRF has an instrument on-board the Chinese lunar rover Chang’e 4, and has the responsibility for two of the ten instruments on the major European mission JUICE to Jupiter and its icy moons in 2022. Continuous recording is carried out of the geomagnetic field, optical aurora and ionospheric ionization (with ionosonde and riometers), atmospheric ozone content and infrasound waves. Continuous recording is also carried out of radioactivity (Swedish Defence Research Establishment) and meteorological parameters including solar radiation (Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute). Atmospheric research focuses on studies of atmospheric dynamics, the transfer of mass and energy between different regions of the atmosphere, stratospheric ozone and seasonally specific stratospheric and mesospheric clouds, particularly in polar regions.

Swedish Space Corporation offers rocket and balloon launch services at Esrange Space Center including integration of experiment payloads. The ongoing upgrade of the center, including the planned launch capabilities for small satellites, will enable the company to continue to deliver unmatched services into the future. SSC operates one of the world’s largest civilian networks of ground stations, SSC Universal Space Network and provides engineering services to customers' projects by bringing consulting expertise to all phases of their space programs.

The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Science, Department of Earth and Planetary Science has five research groups: Atmospheric and Oceanic Science (atmospheric physics, climate dynamics), Space and Planetary Science (space physics, magnetospheric physics, observational planetology, comparative planetology, planetary material sciences), Earth and Planetary System Science (analysis of the Earth and planetary system, evolution of the Earth and planetary system, dynamics of the Earth system, and dynamics of the Earth's surface environment), Solid Earth Science, and Geosphere and Biosphere Science. These are in cooperation with each other as well as with affiliated institutions* to be the core institute for both research and education in Earth Planetary Science in Japan. (*The affiliated institutions in the University of Tokyo are the Ocean Research Institute, the Earthquake Research Institute, the Institute of Solid State Physics, the Center for Climate System Research, the Center for Spatial Information Science, the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University Museum, the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Laboratory for Earthquake Chemistry, the Department of Astronomy and the Department of Physics. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, both of which are not institutions in the University of Tokyo, are also in partnership with the Department).

Wigner Research Centre for Physics, Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics focuses on experimental and theoretical particle physics, nuclear physics, the general theory of relativity and gravitation, fusion plasma physics, space physics, and nuclear materials science. The Department of Space Physics and Space Technology and its predecessor, the KFKI Research Institute, participated in many cornerstone missions of Solar System exploration. In the VEGA mission that explored comet Halley with Russian and French researchers, the Department built the camera which made the first ever image of a cometary nucleus before the arrival of Giotto. In addition, the Department contributed to the CAPS instrument and the magnetometer of the Cassini mission, the on-board computer of the Rosetta lander, the operation of the Hungarian Data Center for the CLUSTER mission, and participated in the calibration of the PLASTIC ion plasma and the SWEA electron plasma experiments onboard the twin STEREO solar probes. Currently the Department is building the power unit of the PEP instrument to be launched onboard the ESA JUICE mission to Jupiter, and the electric ground support unit for the JUICE magnetometer.

University of Colorado, Boulder, Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences has a few specialisations: the Aerospace Engineering Systems focus area is further divided into three thrust areas: fluid dynamics and propulsion, automatic control, and structures and materials. The Astrodynamics & Satellite Navigation Systems focus area strives to integrate the research and learning environments through a wide range of classes and research projects directed toward integrating satellite missions with engineering and science applications. Bioastronautics encompasses biological, behavioural and medical aspects governing humans and other living organisms in a space flight environment; and includes design of payloads, spacecraft habitats, and life support systems. In short, this focus area spans the study and support of life in space. The Remote Sensing, Earth and Space Science focus area is a field that embodies a broad multidisciplinary approach. The expected competency at the graduating Masters level is to have completed course work in data or numerical analysis methods, instrumentation fundamentals, physical sciences of Earth and space, and astrodynamics or aerospace engineering systems.

LTU Business AB performs workshops in innovation and entrepreneurship for Program students.

Arctic Business Incubator arranges workshops and hosts meetings with start-ups for Program students. The workshops are related to new space industry (good practices, business development, availability of funding), where students gain knowledge of best practices and good examples within the field of innovation and space.