EU Inaugurates First Mainland Satellite Launch Port

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European officials and Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf inaugurated the EU's first mainland orbital launch complex on 13 January during a visit to Sweden by members of the European Commission, which is the 27-nation bloc's executive arm.

An overview of the news

  • The European Union is looking to boost its ability to launch small satellites into space with a new launchpad in arctic Sweden.

  • The new facility inaugurated at the Esrange Space Center near the city of Kiruna will complement the EU's current launching capabilities in French Guiana.

  • The tiny satellites are vital for tracking natural disasters in real time and helping to guarantee global security in light of Russia's war in Ukraine.

  • The total number of satellites could reach 100,000 by 2040 as compared to the current 5,000 operational satellites.

European Union (EU) 

  • It is an international organisation made up of European countries, which was formed in 1993.

  • It is a group of 27 countries that act as a cohesive economic and political bloc.

  • 19 of these countries use the euro as their official currency.

  • Its goal is to promote peace and the well-being of all citizens of the EU.

  • Headquarters: Brussels, Belgium

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