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Rumoured cuts would devastate Volvo space group

Volvo Aero’s space division may be facing major cutbacks because the Swedish government wants to reduce funding for the Swedish National Space Board (SNSB).

According to a Volvo Aero, the SNSB is proposing that Sweden leave the European Ariane rocket project.

The move would cripple the company and its roughly 140 employees is based in Trollhättan in western Sweden, as the Ariane project constitutes the bulk of its activities.

“If we leave Ariane now, we’ll be forced to leave it forever. I hope our politicians understand the scope of [this decision],” said Volvo Aero spokesperson Fredrik Fryklund to TTELA.

The SNSB wouldn’t confirm the reports.

“Right now there are several scenarios for Sweden’s future space expenditures,” said SNSB spokesperson Johan Marcopoulos.

According to Marcopoulos, the Swedish space agency plans to present a information about future spending to the government sometime during October.

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Largest meteor shower of the year to appear in Sweden’s skies

The Perseids meteor shower is expected to be best visible over Sweden on Sunday night.

Largest meteor shower of the year to appear in Sweden’s skies
File photo: Michael Lopez/Walla Walla Union-Bulletin via AP/TT

As the earth passes through the trail of the remains of a comet, the burning of meteorites in the atmosphere will result in the sparkling display in the night sky over Sweden.

The phenomenon, known as the Perseids, occurs in August every year, when the earth moves through the solar orbit of the Swift-Tuttle comet.

The meteor shower – actually meteorites and dust burning up on entering the earth’s atmosphere – can be up to 90 shooting stars per hour.

The best views of the Perseids in Sweden will be in the south of the country, according to website Populär Astronomi. While visibility will be better in the countryside, the meteor shower will also be observable from towns and cities.

Between 1am and 2am, when the sky is darkest, will be the best time to spot the cosmic event.

Weather could present a problem for spectators in Sweden, however, with cloud cover in many parts of the country forecast by meteorological institute SMHI.

Large areas between Östersund and Luleå, as well as in western Skåne, are forecast to have clear skies.

Although the meteor shower is likely to be most easy to spot from earth on Sunday night, it has been visible since the end of July and will remain so for a further two weeks.

The Perseids take their name from the constellation Perseus, the constellation from which they are thought to have originated.

READ ALSO: Top tips for watching the meteor shower in Sweden (from 2016)

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