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Kerstin Fredga: En intervju av Nina Wormbs och Johan Gärdebo 1 december 2017
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment.
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3221-5818
2017 (Swedish)Data set
Physical description [sv]

En intervju inom projektet "50 år i rymden"

Abstract [en]

The interview treats Kerstin Fredga’s experiences as a scientist and increasingly a decision-maker for Swedish space activities, from the 1960s until present. Fredga became involved in astronomy from an early age. She studied astronomy at Uppsala University and Stockholm University, and also participated in summer schools where she met many future decision-makers of scientific organisations in Europe. She later travelled to the US and Goddard Space Flight Center. This period allowed Fredga to focus and make contributions to studies of the sun. It was during this period in the US that she formed a close friendship with Bengt Hultqvist who would later build up the Kiruna Geophysical Institute. Back in Sweden, Fredga participated in the establishment of the Swedish Board for Space Activities (SBSA) in 1972. In 1988, Fredga took over as director general for SBSA and oversaw its transformation into the Swedish National Space Board (SNSB). SNSB worked closely with the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) in promoting Swedish space activities. Fredga was project scientist for Viking, the first Swedishsatellite. Fredga describes that many of the successes for SNSB and SSC were due to influential networks. As part of building scientific programmes, like Viking, Fredga sought to make the space activities also support industrial aims and be of regional support to Kiruna,where many of the space activities were conducted. Membership in the European Space Agency (ESA) provided Swedish scientists with opportunities to participate in the European space programmes with instruments on major European satellites. Meanwhile, the European Union took a greater role in financing space applications. During this period, Fredga’s work to support the Swedish space activities became more complex.

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KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2017.
Keywords [sv]
Delegationen för rymdverksamhet (DFR), Rymdstyrelsen, Rymdbolaget, Bengt Hulqvist, Viking, Kiruna, Esrange, Kiruna Geofysiska/Institutet för rymdfysik (KGI/IRF), Gunnar Hoppe, Fjärranalyskommittén (FAK), Goddard, European Space Agency (ESA), Europeiska unionen (EU)
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History of Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-239585OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-239585DiVA, id: diva2:1266207
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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: 2018-12-31 Created: 2018-11-27 Last updated: 2020-03-06Bibliographically approved

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