The BBC's April 26, 2023 Norway criticises Sweden's response after research rocket goes awry begins:
Sweden has got into hot water with Norway after one of its research rockets malfunctioned and landed in its neighbour's territory.
The rocket was launched at 07:20 local time (05:20 GMT) on Monday from the Esrange Space Center, before plunging into a Norwegian mountain range.
The Swedish Space Corporation (SSC), which owns and runs the centre, has apologised and is investigating.
But Norwegian officials say Sweden failed to let them know formally.
"The ministry did not get formal notification, and when an incident like this happens across the border it's important that those responsible immediately inform the Norwegian authorities through proper channels," said foreign ministry spokeswoman Ragnhild Simenstad.
From the article, it seems that the facts include the following:
- A suborbital sounding rocket was launched as part of an EU-funded scientific mission. (launches like these are done all the time - it reaches space for a short time, takes some data, and then, like Richard Branson, falls back down to Earth).
- It went off course for some reason (this happens not infrequently in rocketry) and landed in "the neighbor's yard"
- They got in a helicopter and flew into the neighbor's yard and retrieved it.
Is Norway's complaint only that Sweden didn't make a formal report after the fact and make it through "proper channels"?
After reading the rest of the article I'm still scratching my head trying to figure out the exact transgression(s) here. Did Norway look out their window and see Sweden go into Norway's yard and pick up the rocket, and Sweden waved but didn't go up and ring the doorbell to explain exactly what happened?
Or is there more to the complaint? Were established
EU international procedures (related to space and rockets or otherwise) not followed?