Published: 21. September 2010 by: Trond Abrahamsen

NTNU joins the ANSAT program

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) joined the ANSAT student satellite program September 20.

A kick off seminar gathering over 100 students where held at the University with lectures from the ANSAT project manager Jøran Antonsen, the project manager of the NTNU satellite Roger Birkeland and the Director of the Norwegian Space Centre Bo Andersen.

The third and last satellite in the Norwegian Student Satellite Program is to be built by students from NTNU as a two unit CubeSat and is named NTNU test satellite, NUTS.

Read more about the NUTS satellite here.

Published: 7. September 2010 by: Trond Abrahamsen

ICI-3 sounding rocket integration on track

Front left: Takumi Abe, Yoshifumi Saito, Toshihiro Irie (ISAS/JAXA) Back left: Gudmund Hansen (ARR), June Lunde (ARR), Jonas Ringnes (UiO), Espen Trondsen (UiO), Geir Lindahl (ARR). Payload left side: Lars Helge Surdal (Payload Manager)

Over the last few days the integration of instruments into the 2011 ICI-3 sounding rocket has been performed by personnel from Andøya Rocket Range, University of Oslo (UiO), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency/Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS/JAXA)  and Laboratoire de Physique des Plasmas (LPP) from France. ICI-3 is based on the Andøya Rocket Range (ARR) Hotel Payload concept.

The main instruments in the ICI-3 payload are:
– FBP : Fixed Bias Langmuir Probe, ISAS/JAXA
– m-NSLP : multi -Needle&Sphere Langmuir Probe system, UiO
– LEP-ESA : Low Energy Particle spectrometer, ISAS/JAXA
– EFW : Electric Field and Wave Experiment, UiO.
– ADM : AC/DC Magnetometer, LPP
– SRADS: Sounding Rocket Attitude Detection System, UiO

Status pr. Sept. 6th is that the Norwegian and Japanese instruments are integrated and tested ok, while the French contribution will be ready and tested by the end of the week.

Some of the ICI-3 objectives are to obtain a better physical description of instabilities and wave phenomena driven by the newly discovered Reversed Flow Events (RFEs) in the winter cusp ionosphere. One more objective is to test whether the RFEs are associated with a tangential discontinuity (frozen into plasma) or a rotational discontinuity (indicative of reconnection).

What makes the ICI-work relevant for GPS navigation:

Turbulence and irregularities in the ionosphere give rise to scintillations in the satellite to ground signal. The Total Electron Content (TEC) along the path of a GPS signal can introduce a positioning error ( up to 100 m). This introduces a potential risk when the future traffic in the polar areas demands an increasing accuracy in the satellite navigation signals. Hence, turbulence and irregularities in the ionosphere might be the most important space weather phenomenon for Norway.

Published: 16. August 2010 by: Trond Abrahamsen

The first European CanSat Competition for high-school students opened at ARR

Chris de Cooker, Head of ESA International Relations department opens the first European CanSat Competition for high-school students first

Today, August 16th 2010 the the first European CanSat Competition for high-school students was officially opened at 9 AM by Chris de Cooker, Head of ESA International Relations department.

Ten teams, from different ESA Member States, are participating in the competition. The participating countries are: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Norway, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.

The jury will select the three winners of the 2010 European Competition based on the teams’ progress reports, design documents, presentations and launch results.

The jury members are:

– Marianne Moen, Norwegian Space Centre

– Torstein Wang, NAROM

– Zahira Servera, ESA Education Office

– Roel Vandeberg, Technical University of Delft

– Hector Salvador, International Astronautical Federation

Over a period of 6 months, the students have built their own small Satellites, called CanSats (in the shape of a soda can. The CanSats will be launched via five intruder rockets to an altitude of 1 km on Tuesday August 17th. The teams will carry out various experiments, such as calculating the variation of Earth’s magnetic field, GPS measurements, tracking the Sun or measuring radiation. Every team is composed by at least 4 students and one teacher; around 80 participants are involved. The students are from the last year of high-school, just before entering university.

The CanSat launches will take place on Tuesday August 17th at Skarsteindalen, a decommissioned military facility located approximately 10 minutes away from Andøya Rocket Range. The prize-giving ceremony will take place on Wednesday August 18th where the three winners of this first edition will receive space related prizes and a trophy. More information about the CanSat competition and other CanSat activities in Europe can be found on the website: www.cansat.eu

Published: 13. August 2010 by: Trond Abrahamsen

HiNCube Qualification Model Integration and Testing

One of the satellites in the Norwegian Student Satellite Program, ANSAT, has completed integration and testing of the qualification model.

The HiNcube qulification modell has been integrated and tested at Andøya Rocket Range during the summer by students from Narvik University College guided by staff from NAROM and Andøya Rocket Range.

HiNCube is now beeing prepeard for thermal vacuum testing at Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace.

Published: 30. June 2010 by: Trond Abrahamsen

SURECA balloon payload successfully recovered

Hans Arne Eilertsen (upper left) and Jan Arne Søreng (lower right) posing with the SURECA team and its payload before the launch. They also performed the recovery.

A few days after landing in Northern Canada the SURECA balloon payload was successfully recovered by hans Arne Eilertsen and Jan Arne Søreng from Andøya Rocket Range. The rescued instruments are now back in Resolute Bay where they are prepared for shipment to Italy.

Published: 28. June 2010 by: Trond Abrahamsen

European Space Camp 2010 officially opened

Marianne Aasen, member of the Norwegian Parliament officially opnes the 2010 European Space Camp

At 09:00 today, June th 2010 this years European Space Camp was officially opened by Marianne Aasen, a member of the Norwegian Parliament since 2005 and leader of Church, Education and Research Parliament Committee.

The European Space Camp is a week-long summer camp for young scientists (17-20 years old) at Andøya Rocket Range in Northern Norway. Organised by the Norwegian Association of Young Scientists and the Norwegian Centre for Space-related Education (NAROM), in cooperation with the Norwegian Space Centre and the European Space Agency (ESA).

Andøya Rocket Range is located in the Northern part of Norway, with unique facilities and laboratories to make the students experience a scientific atmosphere. The camp gathers young participants to learn about rockets and space. The preferred background for the participants are: Youths 17-20 years old and students at a high school or secondary school with emphasis on mathematics and physics.

This year the camp has participants  from 7 nations; Norway, Romania, Poland, Bulgaria, Germany and United Kingdom.

Published: 27. June 2010 by: Trond Abrahamsen

Vinner av dagens ballongslipp – Johannes Hagerup Nilsen (9 år)

Ballongslippet ca kl 1400 med kosedyret hengende under ballongen

Ifm dagens “Åpen Dag” ved Andøya Rakettskytefelt ble det sendt opp et adressert kosedyr i en værballong. De besøkende ble bedt om å tippe kosedyrets landingssted etter at ballongen hadde sprukket. Dette ville finne sted rundt 2 timer etter slipp. Den som kom nærmest med sitt tips var 9 år gamle Johannes Hagerup Nilsen. Premien utleveres i resepsjonen i Oksebåsen.

Etter 103 minutters tid endte ballongen sin ferd i havet litt nord for Andenes etter en flytur opp til nesten 27000 meters høyde.

Gratulerer så mye, Johannes.

Published: 22. June 2010 by: Trond Abrahamsen

SURECA Balloon Campaign Successful

Photo: Kjell Bjarne Pettersen, Andøya Rocket Range

The SURECA_BIT_IO campaign is an Italian stratospheric balloon project funded and managed by the Italian Space Agency (ASI). A joint team of ASI and Andøya Rocket Range (ARR) performs the operational part of the project.  This part of the project consists of launch preparations and launch operation of a 32 000 m3 balloon from the Nobile/Amundsen Stratospheric Balloon Center (N/A SBC) at Svalbard, Norway. The N/A SBC is a joint venture between Italian Space Agency (ASI) and Andøya Rocket Range (ARR).

Purpose of the campaign The purpose of SURECA _BIT_IO flight is to test a new IRIDIUM based telemetry system called BIT (Bidirectional Iridium Telemetry) and to perform scientific measurements with a piggy-back scientific instrument package called CZT. BIT (developed and produced by LEN s.r.l.) is a system to be used on board stratospheric balloons; its design allows interface with one or more intelligent I/O units, like scientific instrumentation provided by users. BIT provides any remote control thought any available satellite system using a specific data modem. The BIT system is easily adaptable to all modems that are AT command compatible up to bit-rate of 38400 bps without any H/W changes. CZT is a scientific instrument containing:

  • A high energy radiation detector based on a CZT sensor made by IMEM/CNR- Parma, using material developed and built by the same group
  • an interface module producing an RS232 data stream that could be direct1y connected to one of the BIT serial port.

The main purposes of the flight of the CZT system are:

  • To determine the count rate from 30 to several hundred keV of X/gamma and charged particles as a function of latitude, longitude and altitude – and
  • to verify the performance and the robustness of CZT sensors developed entirely with Italian technology in a pseudo space environment and to assess their suitability for the realization of space compact radiation monitors.

Campaign  operations The campaign preparations started on June 1, 2010 and the launch window opened at June 11. The first 6 days of the launch window was characterized of to high ground winds for balloon operation. However, on June 17, the weather changed to the better and during the evening it was decided to start the launch operation. The balloon was successfully launch at 20:30 UTC. The joint ASI/ARR team performed an excellent launch operation and also the new launch equipment performed excellent. The balloon ascent was nominal and the balloon established a float altitude of approximately 39 km. The onboard instrumentation as well as the telemetry systems onboard and on ground performs perfectly. After a flight duration of 72 hours and 31 minutes, flight termination was performed in accordance with the recovery strategy for the project. The payload landed in parachute on the southern part of Ellesmere Island in the Nunavut territory in the Northern Canada  46 minutes after the Flight termination command was sent to the balloon. Remaining now is the recovery of the balloon and the payload. The field operation to recover the payload and balloon in Northern Canada will be performed by ARR personnel.

Published: 11. June 2010 by: Trond Abrahamsen

Åpen Dag – søndag 27.6 2010

Andøya Rakettskytefelt - en dag i januar 2008

I forbindelse med Andøya Airshow 2010 vil Andøya Rakettskytefelt avholde “Åpen Dag” den 27.6.Arrangementet omfatter også ALOMAR observatoriet på Ramnan. Det blir satt opp maxi-taxi i Bjørndalen som kan kjøre folk opp og ned. Også NAROM, Nasjonalt Senter for Romrelatert Opplæring deltar med rakettverksted for ungene, ballongslipp med merket teddybjørn og gjettekonkurranse vedrørende landingssted for bamse. NAROM vil også foreta demonstrasjon av en hybrid rakettmotor. Programmet  for Andøya Rakettskytefelt ifm Andøya Airshow ser slik ut: Fredag 25.6 1600 – 1800 Stand i værret med info om Åpen Dag ARS 27.6 Lørdag 26.6 1100 – 1500 Stand på flystasjonen under flystevnet Søndag 27.6 1200 – 1600 Åpen Dag ARS, ALOMAR og NAROM 1200 – 1600 Personell i launch control og launchområdet for publikum 1200 – 1600 Salg av kaffe, vafler og brus. Gratis saft til ungene 1200 – 1600 Åpen resepsjon med salg av T-skjorter, bøker etc 1200 -1600 Video i oppholdsrommet på storskjerm 1230 – 1500 Maxi-Taxi i Bjørndalen for transport til ALOMAR (1230, 1300, 1330, 1400, 1430 og 1500) 1530 Demo av hybrid rakettmotor (Oppmøte i resepsjonen) 1230 Omvisning ARS (1230, 1330 og 1430. Oppmøte i resepsjonen) 1300 / 1500 Rakettverksted ved NAROM (Oppmøte i resepsjonen) 1400 Slipp av ballong med adressert bamse. Gjettekonkurranse om landingssted. Vises på skjerm i oppholdsrommet. (Oppmøte i resepsjonen) 1430 Statisk display og omtale av ubemannet fly fra selskapet ARANICA Linker til websider ifm Andøya Airshow:

Published: 7. June 2010 by: Trond Abrahamsen

CUBESTAR testing Langmuir probes at ESTEC

The CUBESTAR team from the University of Oslo went to ESA ESTEC to test the Langmuir probes in a plasma chamber.

More information about the testing is available at the CUBESTAR web site.

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

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