In 2022, Andøya Space celebrated 60 years in space. The very first sounding rocket, Ferdinand-1, was launched from Andøya on August 18th 1962.
The main objective was to study the northern lights from within. The area Oksebåsen at Andøya provided both northern lights, existing infrastructure with an airport, airbase and harbor, and was conveniently located on the waterfront with miles of open sea with limited traffic.
Enjoy our anniversary video with some historic photos from the very first launch.