Published: 20. January 2011 by: Trond Abrahamsen

CaNoRock is official

Canada´s ambassador to Norway, Mr. John Hannaford, officially opened the CaNoRock student programme at a ceremony at Andoya Rocket Range today.

10 Year Programme

CaNoRock is a 10 year student exchange programme between universities in Canada and Norway and Andoya Rocket Range and Narom. Representatives from the partners signed an memorandum of understanding, making the CaNoRock programme a reality.

The involved organisations are: Canadian Space Agency, Norwegian Space Center, University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Saskatchewan, University of Oslo, University of Tromsø, Norwegian centre for space related education and Andoya Rocket Range.

The CaNoRock Inception

Rocket Launch

At 10:07:00 UT, the student built sounding rocket CaNoRock-3 “Aurora Arrow” was launched, reaching an altitude of about 9 kilometers after 35 seconds. The Norwegian and Canadian students built the rocket as part of a week long course aimed to be an introduction to rocketry.

It took the students several days to build the rocket, but the entire flight was over after about 85 seconds.

The CaNoRock-programme also aims to include student projects with larger rocket configurations.

Related Links

Youtube: launch video

Narom: information about the course

Rocketrange: information about the CaNoRock programme

Published: 17. January 2011 by: Trond Abrahamsen

ATC inngår avtale med FLO

Sjef Kontraheringskontoret KK Jens Chr Egenæs og Styreleder for ATC Odd Roger Enoksen er godt fornøyde med den nye kontrakten.

Fredag 14. januar 2011 signerte FLO/Maritime Kapasiteter og Andøya Test Center (ATC) en avtale om skytefelttjenester for årene 2013 – 2015.

Avtalen innebærer at ATC skal støtte FLO i gjennomføringen av fyringer med Nytt Sjømålsmissil (NSM) under Teknisk Evaluering (Tekeval).

Tekeval-fyringer av NSM fra Skjold- og Fridtjof Nansen klasse marinefartøyer planlegges i området rundt Andøya og Senja i 2013-2014.

I avtaleperioden legger FLO og Marinen opp til å gjennomføre inntil 8 NSM missilfyringer.

ATC vil være skytefeltansvarlig og vil fram mot 2013 foreta omfattende investeringer for å kunne møte de nødvendige sikkerhetskrav til et skytefelt. Dette betyr også at ATC vil kunne tilby sine tjenester til andre interessenter, både nasjonale og internasjonale, når oppgraderingen er ferdig.

Med inngåelse av denne kontrakten vil arbeidet ved ATC og deres underleverandører starte umiddelbart. Kontrakten har en ramme på 117,6 mill kr.

Published: 3. January 2011 by: Trond Abrahamsen

We are moving

Finding it difficult to reach us this week?

We are about to construct a new office building at the Range, but first we have to demolish the old one. That’s why we’re busy moving out of the old office building and in to temporary offices.

We are handing over the old building to the construction company on Friday, so until then we apologize if you are finding it difficult to reach us on e-mail or phone.

We should be up and running from the temporary offices within a couple of days.

Published: 31. December 2010 by: Trond Abrahamsen

Ledige stillinger

Andøya Rakettskytefelt AS (ARS) er verdens nordligste permanente base for oppskyting av forskningsraketter, og tilbyr tjenester innen atmosfæreforskning ved hjelp av raketter, ballonger og bakkeinstrumenter. ARS ble etablert i 1962 og er i dag en bedrift som også har utvidet sitt produkt- og tjenestespekter som eier av datterselskapene Andøya Test Center (ATC) og NAROM AS (Nasjonalt senter for romrelatert opplæring). Konsernet har 58 ansatte og har i 2011 en budsjettert omsetning på 97 mill kr.

Grunnet økte oppdrag vil ARS i 2011 utvide med flere stillinger, og søker nye medarbeidere til utfordrende stillinger i et spennende og internasjonalt arbeidsmiljø innenfor følgende felter:

Avdelingsleder Infrastruktur (1 stilling)

Telemetri ingeniører (4 stillinger)

Planleggingsingeniør (1 stilling)

Fagarbeider IT (1 stilling)

Fagarbeider mekaniker (1 stilling)

Published: 19. December 2010 by: Trond Abrahamsen

Last ECOMA sounding rocket launched successfully tonight

ECOMA lift of at 03:36 LT (Photo: Kjell Bjarne Pettersen)

The last ECOMA sounding rocket was sucessfully launched from Andøya Rocket Range at 03:36, local time. The ship based rescue operation of the payload is currently ongoing. More news to come.

Published: 13. December 2010 by: Trond Abrahamsen

RENU and ECOMA 2 successfully launched

At 04:24 LT - ECOMA 2 lift off

The RENU Black Brant XII and ECOMA sounding rockets were sucessfully launched from Andøya Rocket Range over the last 27 hours. Go here for details: Sounding Rocket Campaigns.

Published: 5. December 2010 by: Trond Abrahamsen

First of three ECOMA sounding rockets launched successfully

05:21 LT, Dec. 4th - ECOMA nr.1 blasts off from ARR

The first rocket of the ECOMA campaign was successfully launched at 5:21 LT yesterday morning. The rocket reached an apogee of 135km and as far as we can tell now, all instruments functioned as they should. The recovery vessel, Strønstad picked up the payload from the sea a few hours after splash down and it is now back at Andøya Rocket Range were it will be cleaned and prepared for a new flight at the end of the campaign.

Published: 17. November 2010 by: Trond Abrahamsen

Canada’s Ambassador to Norway coming to CaNoRock inception.

Canada’s Ambassador to Norway has confirmed his attendance to the official inception of the bilateral student exchange and soundingrocket programme – CaNoRock on January 20th, 2011 at Andøya Rocket Range, Norway. The inception will be performed as part of the third sounding rocket course/launch in the programme – CaNoRock III.

Andøya Rocket Range (ARR), the National Centre for Space-related Education (NAROM) and the University of Oslo (UiO) initiated CaNoRock, a ten-year student rocket programme which is being developed in cooperation with the Canadian universities of Alberta, Calgary and Saskatchewan. The programme is scientifically oriented, and the exchange of students in physics and the technologies between universities in the two countries is a key part of it.

The programme now offers two intensive one-week Bachelor’s level workshops a year at Andøya. Each workshop can accommodate 20 Canadian and 20 Norwegian students and includes the launch of a sounding rocket. The programme now will be augmented to include Master’s and Doctoral work through participation in scientific rocket projects at Andøya and on Svalbard.

The international CaNoRock group, which now also includes the Norwegian universities of Tromsø (UiT), Trondheim (NTNU), Svalbard (UNIS) and Bergen (UiB) has proposed that an “International Space Degree” be awarded to exchange students for outstanding performance in CaNoRock. This degree will be developed during 2011.

Published: 12. November 2010 by: Trond Abrahamsen

CUBESTAR Payload Ready for Sounding Rocket Launch

The CUBESTAR Langmuir probes in the plasma tank at ESA ESTEC.

Phd student Tore Andre Bekkeng from the University of Oslo is ready with three payloads from the CUBESTAR mission.

CUBESTAR is one of the satellites in the Norwegian Student Satellite Program, ANSAT.

The scientific payload consists of four miniaturized Langmuir probes which will piggyback on three sounding rockets during the ECOMA mission.

You can read more about CUBESTAR here.

Published: 28. October 2010 by: Trond Abrahamsen

CaNoRock II successfully launched today.

Following a week with practical and theoretical work at Andøya Rocket Range, 22 students from Canada and Norway successfully launched the second sounding rocket in the bilateral student exchange and sounding rocket program – CaNoRock.

Along with their own theoretical and practical efforts they have been educated by the NAROM staff and some of the finest Norwegian scientist. 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.

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