Published: 13. January 2012 by: Trond Abrahamsen

Cubesat Workshop

Andøya Rocket Range and Narom have, through the ANSAT project, challenged three universities in Norway to build and launch their own satellite based on the Cubesat-standard.

The universities accepted the challenge and are now busy building three small satellites:

– Hincube (Narvik University College)

– Cubestar (University of Oslo)

– Nuts (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

The students involved attended a workshop at Andøya Rocket Range and got a chance to talk to their fellow students from the other universities and engage in tech discussions.

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The Ansat-programme

Published: 9. January 2012 by: Trond Abrahamsen

Vi deler ut sponsormidler

Driver dere med organiserte aktiviteter innen musikk, teater, idrett eller andre kunnskapsrettede tiltak, og holder til i Andøy kommune?

Andøya Rakettskytefelt deler hvert år ut sponsormidler for å bidra til et aktivt kulturliv i kommunen og for å bidra til at Andøy er et trivelig og attraktivt sted å bosette seg på.

Midlene disponeres av en styringsgruppe som skal sikre variasjon og bredde i tildelingene. Mer informasjon om sponsorstøtten kan fås ved å kontakte lederen for markedsavdelingen, Kolbjørn Blix Dahle på telefon 76 14 45 42 eller e-post

Vennligst bruk vårt søknadsskjema: søknad om sponsorstøtte.

Vi deler ut midler to ganger i året, og søknadsfristene er 31. januar og 31. juli. Vi gir ikke støtte til politiske partier eller aksjoner, eller aktiviteter med kommersielle formål.

Published: 4. December 2011 by: Trond Abrahamsen

ICI-3 Mission Success

Foto: Henry Borgen

The ICI-3 sounding rocket launched from Ny-Ålesund today at 07:21:31 UT, intercepted an aurora and reached an altitude of about 354 kilometers.

The flight lasted for about ten minutes before the upper stages impacted in the Barents Sea.

The science team, lead by professor Jøran Moen from the University of Oslo, was able to conclude even as the rocket flew that the mission was a success. – We have data from the onboard instruments and we flew through the auroral structures that we wanted to study, he says in a press release from the university.

The research from this and the previous ICI-2 flight will enable scientists to understand how space weather affects all types of radio communications.

The two-stage sounding rocket was based on the Hotel Payload standard and built by Andøya Rocket Range. The onboard instruments was built by the participating research organisations from Norway, Japan and France.

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Fløy gjennom nordlyset

Published: 21. September 2011 by: Trond Abrahamsen

Send en teddybjørn ut i verdensrommet

Neste år feirer Norge sine første 50 år i verdensrommet. Det hele startet på Andøya i 1962. Nå inviteres norske 8. klasser til konkurransen «Teddynaut». Premien er tur til Andøya der teddybjørnen sendes opp med jubileumsraketten den 18. august neste år, med bl.a. astronaut Christer Fuglesang, internasjonale gjester og presse til stede.

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Published: 8. August 2011 by: Trond Abrahamsen

Nordic Teacher Space Camp 2011 åpnet i dag.

Dagens åpning av Nordic Teacher Space Camp

Medlem av Stortingets kirke-, utdannings- og forskningskomite Anne T. Wøien åpnet i dag den 9.  Nordic Teacher Space Camp på Andøya Rakettskytefelt.

Anne T. Wøien representerer Senterpartiet på Stortinget, og er medlem av kirke-, utdannings- og forskningskomiteen i inneværende stortingsperiode. Hun har tidligere  vært politisk rådgiver i Olje- og energidepartementet og Samferdselsdepartementet.

Lærer-campen arrangeres hvert år i august av NAROM og Utdanningsforbundet, og  med støtte fra Kunnskapsdepartementet. 20 nordiske lærere fra grunnskolen og videregående skole skal delta i år.

Published: 8. July 2011 by: Trond Abrahamsen

ANSAT workshop at Andøya

The ANSAT satellites.

In May, students and staff from NTNU, HiN and UiO participated in a two-day annual workshop at Andøya Rocket Range. Presenters updated each other on status and plans, and this years focus topic was on testing and qualification procedures.

ANSAT is a national student satellite program started in 2006. The program is funded by the Norwegian Space Centre, and is run by NAROM and Andøya Rocket Range.

The participants in the program are The University College of Narvik, with their HiNCube, the University of Oslo with CubeSTAR and NTNU with their NUTS satellite. All satellites are based on the Cubesat form factor. HiNCube is one 10x10x10cm cube, while the two other satellites are of size 10x10x20cm. Communication with these satellites will be through radio stations using amateur radio frequencies. The satellites will test new technologies that are not yet mature enough to be put on to larger more professional satellites due to lack of space heritage.


Published: 1. July 2011 by: Trond Abrahamsen

European Space Camp launched sounding rocket

The 2011 ESC sounding rocket lifts-off from Andoya. Photo: Trond Abrahamsen, ARR.

The participants in this years European Space Camp at Andøya Rocket Range launched a small sounding rocket today.

The students have spent the last few days assembling the payload while learning the basics of rocketry.

The sounding rocket lift-off occured at 10:13 UT and reached an altitude of 9,6 kilometers before ending its flight in the Norwegian Sea after about 90 seconds.

During the flight, the students downloaded data from various sensors onboard the payload.

The launch was witnessed by retired kosmonaut Gregori Grechko, who has travelled to Andøya to hold a presentation for the space camp participants. Mr Grechko has spent a total of 135 days in space and most notably on the Salyut space stations.

The European Space Camp 2011 includes youths from Norway, Romania, China, Germany, Denmark, Czech Republic, Poland and the UK.

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European Space Camp

Published: 16. June 2011 by: Trond Abrahamsen

Andenes Ungdomsskole – successful launch of student rocket

Sprocket I soars into the sky above Andenes at 12:02 LT (Photo: Kolbjørn Blix Dahle)



Following a three days with practical and theoretical work at Andøya Rocket Range, the young students 9A, 9B and 9C from Andenes Ungdomsskole, successfully launched their sounding named “Sprocket I” rocket this morning.

Along with their own theoretical and practical efforts they have been educated by the NAROM staff. All this to give them the best possible introduction to sounding rocketry. Hopefully this will motivate them for further studies in physics or engineering, and a possible career within the sounding rocket community.

The “Sprocket I” campaign was a gift from Andøya Rocket Range to Andenes Ungdomsskole as a part of NAROMs 10 year anniversary in 2010. A second sounding rocket has also been awarded to Risøyhamn Ungdomsskole, scheduled for launch in 2012. “Sprocket I” was the first CRV-7 type student rocket built and launched by students at secondary school level.

The rocket reached an altitude of 9km. All instruments functioned as planned during the flight.


Published: 3. March 2011 by: Trond Abrahamsen

ANSAT at the GAUSS conference in Rome

The Norwegian student satellite program participated with a group of six students at the first GAUSS conference in Rome 24 to 29 January 2011. The conference had over 160 participants and about 100 different presentations.

From ANSAT, Stian Vik Mathisen presented the student satellite program and a status of the three student satellites, which is being built by students at Narvik University College, the University of Oslo and NTNU.

Three students presented their work at the Conference.  PhD student Johan Tresvig presented the CUBESTAR satellite from the University of Oslo. This satellite will carry a scientific instrument, called Langmuir probe. This is a new type of plasma probe that can measure the electron density with a very high resolution.

CUBESTAR is intended to be a new concept of space weather satellite that will be able to detect any irregularities or disturbances in the atmosphere that might affect communication and navigation satellites. PhD student Tore Andre Bekkeng presented a more detailed presentation about the Langmuir probe and the results they have got from ICI-2 and ECOMA rocket launch.

Student Alf Henry H. Sauge from Narvik University College presented a method on how to safe and effectively use Flash memory on board a student satellite.


Published: 27. January 2011 by: Trond Abrahamsen

Cubesat kick-off meeting in Trondheim

The latest university to join the ANSAT program is the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU, with their satellite called NUTS, NTNU Test Satellite

During January 17.-19., the NUTS project manager arranged a workshop togeather with the involved students and industry. Representatives from ANSAT, Norwegian Space Center and Kongsberg Defence Systems attended the workshop and consulted on several issues relevant to the planning and construction of the satellite.

There are currently several MSc students from the department of Electronics and Telecommunications and the department of Engineering Cybernetics participating in the project.

At the end of the workshop, the project was presented to the students participating in the team project subject “Experts in Team” that is focusing on satellite technology.

Related links

Read more about NUTS here.

Information about the ANSAT student satellite program

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