Ten years since the inauguration of the Space Campus in Kiruna

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. Photo: Torbjörn Lövgren, IRF
King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden inaugurates the Kiruna Space Campus in September 2000. (Photo: Torbjörn Lövgren, IRF)

Ten years ago, on 14 September 2000, the Space Campus in Kiruna was formally inaugurated by King Carl XVI Gustaf. The decade since the inauguration has proved to be one of considerable success in the research fields of space- and atmospheric physics and space technology for the organisations on the Space Campus: the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF), the Department of Space Science (IRV) at Luleå University of Technology, and the EISCAT Scientific Association.

Created 2010-09-14 16:39:29 by Rick McGregor
Last changed 2010-09-15 14:00:05 by Rick McGregor

The Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) is a governmental research institute which conducts research and postgraduate education in atmospheric physics, space physics and space technology. Measurements are made in the atmosphere, ionosphere, magnetosphere and around other planets with the help of ground-based equipment (including radar), stratospheric balloons and satellites. IRF was established (as Kiruna Geophysical Observatory) in 1957 and its first satellite instrument was launched in 1968. The head office is in Kiruna (geographic coordinates 67.84° N, 20.41° E) and IRF also has offices in Umeå, Uppsala and Lund.