University of Vaasa has received 1.86 million euros for “KvarkenSpaceEco” project from the EU Interreg Botnia-Atlantica funding. Kvarken Space Center is an innovation centre for space economy, co-established by University of Vaasa, Novia University of Applied Sciences, Umeå University, Luleå University of Technology and six other institutes from Finland and Sweden. Nearly three-year research and development programme is lead by the University of Vaasa.
KvarkenSpaceEco team. Photo credit: University of Vaasa
The aim of the Kvarken Space Center is to develop strong ecosystem that makes space data use available in the Kvarken region (Sweden: Västerbotten; Finland: Ostrobothnia, Central Ostrobothnia and South Ostrobothnia). The plan is to create a small KvarkenSat-satellite and create an easy portal for open space-based data to be shared and promoted openly. it. The project will also help the local actors to become more informed about the opportunities that rise from data collected from ESA (European Space Agency) satellites. In addition, the project aims to increase the interest of other communities, students and citizens for space economy and to raise the awareness of the topic.