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Ivan Öfverholm: En intervju av Martin Emanuel 6 februari 2018
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2018 (Swedish)Data set
Physical description [sv]

Textversion av intervju med Ivan Öfverholm.

Abstract [en]

The interview treats Ivan Öfverholm’s experiences from Swedish industrial enterprises, in particular his role as CEO of Saab Space AB and Saab Ericsson Space AB 1984–99. Having worked as an engineer with computer-related projects with ASEA, LM Ericsson and Scandia Metrics, in 1984 he became CEO for the newly created company Saab Space. In the interview, Öfverholm elaborates on his views on and his role in the structuring of the company’s divisions in Gothenburg and Linköping and their respective focus on national (Linköping) and international (Gothenburg) projects. He also comments on the company’s relationship to the Swedish National Space Board and the Swedish Space Corporation, as well as to the other two Swedish industries producing for space-related activities: LM Ericsson and Volvo. According to Öfverholm, the merge between Saab Space and Ericsson’s space division into Saab Ericsson Space AB in 1992 was driven by his worries that Ericsson would—given their competence in computer technology—in the longer run out-compete Saab for deliveries of onboard computers. Furthermore, the rationale of later acquisitions, e.g. of the Austrian space companies that were merged into Austrian Aerospace GmbH, was discussed. With respect to collaboration between industry and the state bureaucracy, Öfverholm points to how those ties were stronger in many other countries than in Sweden, which occasionally made the company turn to their European colleagues to help with influencing Swedish space policy to their favour. In the interview, Öfverholm also shares his views on European space cooperation based on his experiences as board member of Arianespace and chair of Eurospace. Finally, the interview treats his involvement, after he had left Saab Ericsson Space, in creating the South-African company African Telecommunication Satellites.

Place, publisher, year
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2018.
Version
1
Keywords [sv]
Ariane, Asea, ESA, LM Ericsson, Rymdbolaget, Rymdstyrelsen, Saab-Scania, Saab Ericsson Space, Saab Space, svensk rymdindustri, SPOT, Tele-X, Viking, Volvo, Wallenbergsfären
National Category
History of Technology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-236755OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-236755DiVA, id: diva2:1257589
Projects
50 år i rymden: Ett dokumentationsprojekt om svensk rymdverksamhet
Funder
Swedish National Space Board
Note

Denna intervju har genomförts inom ramen för projektet ”50 år i rymden” som bedrivs vid Avdelningen för historiska studier av teknik, vetenskap och miljö vid KTH, finansierat av Rymdstyrelsen och Vinnova. Originalinspelning och transkript finns tillgängliga på Tekniska museet i Stockholm. Ivan Öfverholms hastiga bortgång efter intervjuns genomförande har inneburit att han inte har deltagit i redigeringsprocessen.

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Available from: 2018-10-22 Created: 2018-10-22 Last updated: 2020-03-06Bibliographically approved

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