The Swedish National Space Board, SNSB, is a central governmental agency under the Ministry of Education and Research. SNSB is responsible for national and international activities relating to space and remote sensing, primarily research and development.
SNSB has three main tasks:
- to distribute government grants for space research, technology development and remote sensing activities
- to initiate research and development in Space and Remote Sensing areas
- to act as Swedish contact for international co-operation
SNSB functions as a research council for Swedish research using equipment in space or at high altitudes in the atmosphere.
The Swedish space programme is carried out by means of extensive international cooperation, in particular through Sweden's membership of the European Space Agency, ESA. The total budget of the agency is approximately 700 million Swedish krona a year.
SNSB is a small agency with only 17 employees. SNSB is headed by Director General Olle Norberg.
1 June 2015