Andøya Space Center has a unique location, expertise, and infrastructure that is very well suited for launching small satellites. NASA believes that Andøya has the best “rank” for the mission. There are now plans to make Andøya a European launch base for small satellites, and Andøya is very well placed in the competition.
The goal is to deliver services for satellite launches in 2021/22 with rockets in the order of 22 tonnes. Andøya is the most suitable “site”.
“In recent years, satellites have become smaller, and there is further a lack of launching space for the developing small satellite market. Andøya has the best location and considerable experience, and is thus a unique place to launch satellites from. ESA also boasts of the expertise at Andøya,” says Kolbjørn Blix of Space Systems at the Andøya Space Center.
The Andøya Space Center asked the government for NOK 1.3 billion to become an international launch base, in order to help make Norway a leading space nation. Norway is an active party in space activities internationally through ESA and other programs, in which Norway’s high-tech companies participate.
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Text: Ingalill Sandal
Photo: Martin Langteigen and Andøya Space Center/Trond Abrahamsen