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Hans Rasch: Ett samtal med Lennart Björn 26 april, 2012
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]

Samtal i Rymdbolagets veteranförening som redigerats inom ramen för projektet 50 år i rymden

Abstract [en]

The interview is an audio recording made by Lennart Björn in a meeting with Hans Rasch. Björn and Rasch recalled various aspects ofworking with the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) as well as its subsidiary company, Satellitbild AB. Björn described how several employees had thoughts about the role of SSC and sought to find more commercial applications for its technology. This received limited interest from management or from the Swedish National Space Board who provided most of SSC’s funding. Instead, the strategy was to make use of funding from the Swedish Government and from the European Space Agency. But SSC’s management was also able to adapt and endorse commercial opportunities when these presented themselves, for example in exporting remote sensing to developing countries and for coast guard services. Rasch described how SSC and Satellitbild conducted several international remote sensing projects based on satellite data, mainly in Southeast Asia, Africa and the Baltic States (following the disintegration of the Soviet Union in the early 1990-ies). In particular, Rasch described the mapping of the natural conditions of the entire Philippines 1987-1988. This project was later used as proof of concept for how to use satellite remote sensing technology as part of development aid. In acquiring and conducting international projects, Rasch worked closely with the Swedish Commission for Technical Co-Operation (BITS), personnel within ministries of foreign affairs, and with regional agents. Sometimes, meetings in overseas countries and in the Kiruna region in northern Sweden presented surprising experiences for both international and Swedish personnel, which Rasch provides some detail about. Rasch’s project on the coastal regions of the Baltic Sea during the late 1990s was financed by the European Union. The emphasis of the project was on environmental aspects in the Baltic states and Poland. Björn and Rasch also discussed aspects of working as professional consultants on the international market. Rasch pointed out the necessity of correlating the degree of detail in the satellite data, and in products derived from this data, with the degree of detail that clients requested.

Place, publisher, year
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2018.
Keywords [sv]
Satellitbild, Rymdbolaget, fjärranalys, Filippinerna, Baltikum, Östersjön, BITS, Rymdstyrelsen, Världsbanken, utvecklingsprojekt.
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History of Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-239583OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-239583DiVA, id: diva2:1266199
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50 år i rymden: Ett dokumentationsprojekt om svensk rymdverksamhet
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Swedish National Space BoardVinnova
Note

QC 20181129

Available from: 2018-11-27 Created: 2018-11-27 Last updated: 2020-03-06Bibliographically approved

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