Norwegian space industry has combined revenues on the order of 7.5 billion NOK per year. The various businesses are spread around the entire country and represent a wide variety of technologies and industries.
Established industrial corporations such as the KONGSBERG GROUP, NAMMO and Telenor all have extensive space activities. In addition there are several start-ups, like IDEAS and S&T, which focus on space technologies.
Norwegian space activities are to a large extent developed through national membership in the European Space Agency (ESA), where Norway became a member in 1978. Through the ESA membership, and EU programs, Norwegian companies secure their opportunities for participation in the various space projects in Europe.
The scope of the Norwegian space industry
NIFRO has a diverse set of members, including manufacturers, R&D-institutes, satellite operators and developers as well as both large and small-scale businesses related to the Upstream and Downstream sectors within the space industry. The technologies and services include the following:
- Satellite components and sub-systems
- Satellite development
- Launch facilities for sounding rocket and balloon operations
- Ground stations and systems for satellite communication and operation
- Space Science
- Space Education
Norway annually pays a membership fee of around 90 million Euro (approx. 850 MNOK) to ESA. This contributes to around 2% of ESA’s budgets.
In addition, Norway participates in the Copernicus and Galileo programs, which are cooperation programs between ESA and the European Union, EU.
Norwegian companies work closely with European space industries, and with US and other international actors.