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Lennart Lübeck: En intervju av Lennart Björn 10 december 2013 och 7 januari 2014
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment.
2018 (Swedish)Data set
Physical description [sv]

Intervju inom Rymdbolagets veteranförening, redigerad ioch utgiven inom ramen för projektet "50 år i rymden"

Abstract [en]

The interview treats Lennart Lübeck’s experiences from space-related work within multiple organizations, most notably during the early Swedish sounding rockets experiment in Nausta and Kronogård; within the so-called Space Technology Group (Rymdtekniska gruppen) of the Swedish Research Councils 1963–69 and as CEO (1986–98) and chairman (1998–2006) of the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC, Rymdbolaget). Even as he held positions within the Ministry of Industry (1969–78), as state secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Communications (1978–79), and as CEO for the Swedish Industrial Development Fund (1979–86), Lübeck continuously had contact with and took an interest in space-related issues—during his time in the latter position he was also board member of SSC. From the viewpoint of this unique carrier, Lübeck depicts key events and projects as well as the inner workings of parts of the state administration, in the event touching upon a great cast of characters involved in or influencing Swedish space-related policy and activities over the years, ranging from scientist to top-rank politicians and bureaucrats. The interview focuses on two issues in particular. Firstly, the character of SSC, and the tactics and strategies of the corporation vis-à-vis other actors in the Swedish space landscape. Lübeck describes SSC as a successful innovation hub but with a culture more resembling a public authority, which meant that they lacked—with some notable exceptions—the capacity to really commercialize and reach volume production. Without a viable domestic market for satellites, in 2011, the satellite-building section of SSC was sold to the German company OHB. Secondly, Lübeck traces how Swedish state policy with respect to space has changed over time. While there has hardly ever been any inherent interest in space or space-related research among policy makers, Lübeck asserts, space-related policy has rather been about achieving other political goals: industrial policy, regional policy, and European policy. In a situation of declining policy interest in Swedish space activities, the latter—that is, to show presence and solidarity in the European arena—has been the most prolific part of the three-tiered policy.

Place, publisher, year
KTH, 2018.
Keywords [sv]
Delegationen för rymdverksamhet, DFR, ESA, Esrange, ESRO, Industridepartmentetet, Industrifonden, Rymdtekniska gruppen, Rymdbolaget, Rymdlyftet, rymdpolitik, Rymdstyrelsen, Tele-X, Viking
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History of Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-239592OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-239592DiVA, id: diva2:1266235
Projects
Dokumnetationsprojektet "50 år i rymden"
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Swedish National Space BoardVINNOVA
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QC 20181128

Available from: 2018-11-27 Created: 2018-11-27 Last updated: 2018-11-28Bibliographically approved

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