European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at the inauguration of Esrange's new satellite launch ramp, Spaceport Esrange outside Kiruna Sweden, Friday Jan. 13, 2023.

Arctic space station races to launch first satellite from Europe

The Esrange Space Center in northern Sweden is in the race to launch its first satellite from Europe. The newly inaugurated spaceport is vying to send its first satellite-carrying rocket into orbit as early as next year.