It has been over 25 years since the Viking, Sweden’s first satellite, was launched into space in February 1986. Its mission was to research the Northern Lights.
The Viking was a big boost for Saab’s space efforts, and increased the understanding in many technical areas, paving the way for future space projects. The Viking, and its successor Tele-X, allowed Saab to spin off Saab Space, which eventually became Saab Ericsson Space, a former well-established and respected company in the space industry.
In 2008 Saab ended its space operations by divesting 100 percent of the shares in Saab Space AB to the Swiss company RUAG Holding AG. The space heritage is a proud part of Saabs history.