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Newsletter from the RIT-project (Rymd för innovation och tillväxt)

Dear Space Friends, 

This is our very first Newsletter within the RIT project and our plan is to send out at least two Newsletters per year, probably in adjacent to the Space Innovation Forums that we arrange. The objective is of course to keep project partners and stakeholders in the loop, and to highlight ongoing activities. We will focus on activities connected to the establishment of a Centre of Excellence at Space Campus in Kiruna, where industry and academy can collaborate and create common added value. Our ambition is also to highlight the ongoing efforts to strengthen the innovation ecosystem around the space industry in order to create the best conditions for new business ideas.

Below you will find a variety of articles that describe some of what is going on. First out is an article about Space Innovation Forum 10-11 May in Kiruna, where many of our interesting R&D projects were presented.  
We see that the activity at Space Campus has increased tremendously since we got our two new Chaired professors in place. In a relatively short time period the staff has grown with more than 20 persons and two new space labs are taking shape: the NanoSatLab for design, development, system validation and verification of small space platforms initiated by prof. Reza Emami and the Mars Lab initiated by prof. Javier Martin-Torres in order to perform science on Mars. 

Since the arrival of our two new professors, several additional R&D projects have started​ ​between LTU and other space industries, including: LTU’s Atmospheric Science Group and Omnisys Instruments AB are designing and building the instrument HABIT together and a the same group is have joined forces with OHB Sweden for two projects concerning Improved Xenon Gauging Method for telecom spacecraft and Investigation of propellant-less propulsion based on electromagnetic resonant cavities. LTU's Onboard Space Systems, in collaboration with the Belgian von Karman Institute and UK-based Open Cosmos Ltd, are designing and building what will be the first Swedish registered miniaturized satellite as part of the international QB50 project. This group has also teamed up with RUAG Space Sweden in a project about end-to-end hardware-in-the-loop validation and verification of onboard computers. Some of these projects are presented in articles below and others will be in upcoming articles later on.  

In parallel, we are working to find the various building blocks of the Excellent Center that will be the natural continuation of this project. Together we need to find the common denominator to stakeholders while weaving in the new generation in the form of undergraduate and graduate space students. Read more below how PhD students with various background and space students can contribute in different ways. 

Enjoy the reading! 

Johanna Bergström-Roos 
Project Manager RIT 

New forum focused on growth and innovation in space

During two days the Space Forum Innovation gathered space industry, regional SME:s alongside with the academia in order to discuss how to create a stronger space industry. Discussion focused mainly on how to strengthen new innovative ideas and open collaboration.
RIT stands for ”Space for innovation and growth” in English. It is an EU funded project co-operated by Luleå University of Technology and LTU Business with the aim to create regional growth by strengthening R&D collaboration between academy and the space sector. 
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