Andoya Test Center
Andøya Test Center (ATC) can offer you a virtually unlimited test area for testing of aerospace and / or ship-based applications. We have the ability to conduct a wide range of operations, both civillian and classified military.
Our forty years of experience in the field is a significant factor for mission success, even for high risk applications.
As a fully owned subsidiary to and co-located with Andøya Rocket Range (ARR), ATC is an organization that draws upon the experienced manpower, infrastructure, instrumentation and administration of ARR.
The combined resources of ARR and ATC enable cost-effective test and evaluation options to all customers.
Huge test area
ATC can offer a test areas from virtually unlimited in size to smaller, confined areas, depending on your needs. Commercial air traffic in the corresponding air space is low. Since most of test ranges are over sea, supersonic and hypersonic flights are possible.
Andoya Air Force Base is located approximately 6 km from the ARR/ATC main facilities. The AFB has Norway’s second longest runway, capable of landing large freight planes, such as the Antonov An 124-100. The military support facilities can handle all sizes of aircraft. A small civilian terminal is located on the base. Commuter airliners have convenient arrivals and departures to Tromsø and Bodø corresponding with airline schedules to Oslo.
If required, ATC will negotiate access to military facilities.
We can provide access to the harbour (ISPS) at Andenes, capable of landing large freight vessels.
At Andoya Rocket Range main facilities, close to the town of Andenes; offices, assembly halls, hotel rooms and workshops are available. ARR/ATC can also perform mechanical tests on your payload: spin testing and bend-down-tests.
If your test and evaluations require recovery of equipment, ARR/ATC can offer recovery vessels for both medium and large payloads. A diving salvage team is available on request.
Telemetry / tracking
We can provide a tracking radar system with a range up to 55 km. For telemetry download we have three systems: one 10-feet, one 20-feet and one 10-feet mobile system.
Flight termination systems, support aircraft, patrol- and/or command vessels and more can be provided.
Rocket launch systems
Through Andøya Rocket Range, ATC can offer the use of rocket launch systems capable of launching rockets weighing up to 20 metric tonnes. We can also provide complete rocket launch configurations.
ATC and ARR has over forty years experience with with missile, rocket, telemetry and sensory systems. All our personel has security clearance issued by Norwegian defence authorities.
The concept around ATC puts no limits to the type of test or mission to be carried out. We are capable of performing most types of aerospace testing, including, but not limited to:
- Testing and Verification
- Aircraft / UAV / Aerospace systems
- Sensory systems
- Missile tracking
- Guidance systems
- Rockets / Missiles / Ordonance
- Surface to air / Air to surface
- Subsurface to air
- Surface to surface
- Static firings
- Ship-based weapon systems
- Live firings
- Target practice
ATC is not just about weapons testing or military hardware. We also accept “civilian” related tests and evaluations, such as testing of ship-based systems under sub-arctic conditions, engine tests, airplane testing or verification.
If your desired test or evaluation doesn’t fall in the mentioned categories, please contact us anyway. We are a very versatile test range and can adapt to a wide range of experiments.
ATC will accept a supporting function according to the customers needs. With mobile equipment, ATC will bring its expertise and “know-how to where the customer prefer. ATC can provide tracking, telemetry, recovery and safety services.
For large, orbital experiments, why not launch into polar orbit from larger launch sites such as Baikonour (RSA) or Guiana (Arianespace) and then deorbit and land in our huge impact area.
ATC can provide tracking, telemetry and recovery services, supporting the launch site. An ideal solution for testing of orbital or suborbital space planes or other space applications.