Lift-off for Endurance

A rocket launches from a launch pad at Svalbard.


The NASA suborbital research rocket Endurance lifted off from the Andøya Space launch site at Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, on Wednesday May 11th, 2022.

Photo of lift-off for Endurance from Ny-Ålesund
Photo: Brian Bonsteel, NASA

The primary mission for Endurance was to investigate and measure Earth’s electrical field in order to establish to what extent the ionosphere leaks water into space. It is already known by the science community that the ionospheres on Mars and Venus do this as well.

Lift-off occurred at 03:31, local time. The principal investigator on Endurance, Glyn Collinson at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and Catholic University of America, was very pleased with the initial results. The data returned from the mission will be analyzed further in months and years ahead.

During its flight the Endurance reached an apogee of 767 kilometers altitude.

More information

Please contact Kolbjørn Blix, VP Sub-Orbital, Andøya Space