Several Swedish companies will cooperate with companies from Germany, Denmark and France on developing new technologies.
The project is called Prisma and is part of the international Darwin project, which is exploring space for possible signs of life. A number of small satellites will be launched at the beginning of 2008.
Together, they will form a giant telescope which will be able to spot planets many light years away.
“The question of whether there is life in space or whether we are alone is something which has occupied human thinking for many years,” said Lennart Nordh, the project leader at the Swedish National Space Board, to TV4.