Published: 18. January 2008 by: Trond Abrahamsen

SCIFER-2 Launched

The SCIFER-2 sounding rocket lifted-off from ARR today, in a textbook launch.

Sounding of the Cusp Ion Fountain Energization Region, SCIFER, is a research project lead by Prof. Paul M. Kintner from Cornell University, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, USA.

The SCIFER-2 launch vehicle, a Black Brant XII, lifted off at 08:30, local time, and reached an apogee of about 1460 km, 7 km higher than SCIFER-1 which had the previous altitude record from ARR. Prof. Kintner reports very good science conditions at Svalbard during flight, and all instruments functioned nominally. “The science conditions were spectacular,” says the professor from his base at the new Kjell Henriksen Observatory outside Longyearbyen, Svalbard. “We had several auroral arcs, ion outflow measured by the EISCAT Svalbard Radar and so on. This flight is equally successful to the SCIFER-1 which was launched in 1995. We are all very, very happy.”

“From the operational standpoint, this was another textbook launch, ” says Mr Kjell Bøen, Head of Sounding Rocket and Balloon Division at ARR. “All systems functioned nominally and we had good telemetry throughout the flight.” A total number of 7 telemetry antennas tracked and received good data from the payload, 5 antennas at Andøya and two at the KSAT Svalbard Satellite Station.

The flight was observable from most of northern Norway, creating a fantastic lightshow as it climed further and further up. Several local news papers reported UFO sightings, meteor sightings and so on. “Most of northern Norway had clear skies during launch, and the exhaust from the upper stages was illuminated by the sun.” Mr Bøen explains.

“We want to send our appreciation to the local fishermen around Andøya, who had to evacuate the second stage impact area prior to launch. If they had not done so, the rocket could have missed the critical science conditions.” Mr Bøen finishes.


Mr Kjell Bøen, Head of Sounding Rocket and Balloon Division, ARR.
Mr Kolbjørn Dahle, Head of Marketing and Communication Dept. ARR.

Published: 15. December 2007 by: Trond Abrahamsen

TRICE a Success

ARR and NASA successfully launched two Black Brant XII in the TRICE sounding rocket campaign.

The TRICE (Twin Rocket Investigation of Cusp Electrodynamics) experiment is a study of the phenomenon of magnetic reconnection by making high-resolution measurements in a near-Earth space plasma environment. The experiment involved launching of two Black Brant XII vehicles from Andøya, Norway. The principal investigator is Dr. Craig Kletzing, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Iowa, USA.

TRICE “High” launched 10 December 2007 at 09:00:00 UT followed by TRICE “Low” at 09:02:00 UT. Preliminary analysis shows a nominal flight for both vehicles, with good science conditions.

This is the first time two Black Brant XII vehicles are flown at the same time.


Mr Odd Roger Enoksen, Managing Director, ARR.
Mr Kjell Bøen, Head of Sounding Rocket and Balloon Division, ARR.

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