Published: 29. October 2014 by: Kolbjørn Blix Dahle

Andøya Space Center and NAROM signs renewed CaNoRock MoU in Toronto

CaNoRock MoU signing in progress at TSW2014 in Toronto.

CaNoRock MoU signing in progress at TSW2014 in Toronto. From the left: Prof. David Knudsen (U of Calgary), Prof. Ian Mann (U of Alberta), Kolbjørn Blix Dahle (signing on behalf of Andøya Space Center/NAROM), Jøran Moen (Adjunct Prof. at UNIS (signing on behalf of Ole Arve Misund, Managing Direcor of UNIS)), Rektor Anne Husebekk (U of Tromsø), Rektor Dag Rune Olsen (U of Bergen), Rektor Ole Petter Ottersen (U of Oslo) and Provst & Vice President Academic Ernie Barber (U of Saskatchewan).  Chairing the signing process, from the left: Ambassador of Norway to Canada Mona Elisabeth Brøther and Ambassador of Canada to Norway David Sproule.

 

On October 28th, Andøya Space Center (ASC) and NAROM signed a renewed CaNoRock MoU as a part of Transatlantic Science Week in Toronot, Canada.  The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is on the future development of the CaNoRock student training and research program. CaNoRock has been running since 2009, and was officially incepted at Andøya Space Center by the former Canadian Ambassador to Norway, Mr. John Hannaford in January 2011.

CaNoRock is a partnership between ASC, NAROM, the Norwegian universities of Oslo, Tromsø, University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), Bergen and the Canadian universities of Calgary, Alberta and Saskatchewan, and is funded by the Norwegian Space Centre, Canadian Space Agency and the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) .

The signing was chaired by Ambassador of Norway to Canada Mona Elisabeth Brøther and Ambassador of Canada to Norway David Sproule. The representatives from the participating institutions were: Prof. David Knudsen (U of Calgary), Prof. Ian Mann (U of Alberta), Kolbjørn Blix Dahle (signing on behalf of Andøya Space Center/NAROM), Jøran Moen (Adjunct Prof. at UNIS (signing on behalf of Ole Arve Misund, Managing Direcor of UNIS)), Rektor Anne Husebekk (U of Tromsø), Rektor Dag Rune Olsen (U of Bergen), Rektor Ole Petter Ottersen (U of Oslo) and Provst & Vice President Academic Ernie Barber (U of Saskatchewan).

CaNoRock rollups at the SiU stand at TSW2014

CaNoRock rollups at the SiU stand at TSW2014

CaNoRock
The CaNoRock program is a 10-year (2010-2020), bilateral student sounding rocket and satellite program between Canada and Norway. The program aims to motivate students to join space activities and acquire an enhanced knowledge in physics, engineering and electronics for sounding rockets (instrument-carrying rockets designed to take measurements and perform scientific experiments), miniaturized satellites (CubeSats) and stratospheric balloons.

CaNoRock was born at the Transatlantic Science Week in Ottawa in 2008. It started as a response to a call by Director General David Kendal of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for student programs in rocket activity and signalized that they would consider to by capacity.

The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) provided seed money for a market test amongst students at the universities of Alberta, Calgary and Saskatchewan in 2009, funding 4 student places in the student rocket program in the Universities of Oslo and Tromsø in the fall of 2009. With more than fifty applicants from Canada, this was a great success and CaNoRock I was launched. CSA and the Norwegian Space Center (NSC) then provided finding for a three year student program for 20 students on each annual rocket launch mission.

The joint activites in the CaNoRock program has resulted in more than 200 Norwegian & Canadian student exchanges.

CaNoRock STEP (2012-2016)
The Canada-Norway Rocket Science Training and Educational Program is a project under the Norwegian Partnership Program for Higher Education Collaboration with North America

The main objective of CaNoRock STEP is to establish opportunities for collaborative, research-led active training and education that build on the educational content of CaNoRock, and which enable graduate-level students to take part in joint Norway-Canada space research projects. In 2012, CaNoRock STEP received a NOK 2 mill. (CAD 340 000) grant from the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) for a 4-year joint project between the Norwegian universities of Oslo, Bergen, Tromsø and UNIS with their Canadian partner universities of Calgary, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

STEP goals

  • 20 student exchanges for one semester (BSc/MSc/PhD) from Norway to Canada each year.
  • 20 student exchanges for one semester (BSc/MSc/PhD) from Canada to Norway each year.
  • Support for 22 weeks of staff exchange to co-supervise and plan the research education activities
  • 3 PhD Schools  x 10 PhD students
  • Develop at least one externally funded research project

During a CaNoRock side event following the MoU signing process, the following topics were up for debate amongs the partners and funding agencies:

  • Increasing the number of student exchanges
  • Establishing a CaNoSat student satellite program
  • Setting up a Joint International Space Degree


The new MOU:
The CaNoRock student rocket and exchange program, sponsored by the Norwegian Space Centre and the Canadian Space Agency is a successful student rocket program, recruiting an increasing number of students to space physics and technology.

  • It also recruits students to the mobility program CaNoRock STEP (Canada-Norway Rocket Science Training and Educational Program) to facilitate increased mobility of staff and students between the Norwegian and the Canadian partners. The aim is to establish research opportunities for graduate-level students on prioritized rocket and satellite projects in Norway and Canada.
  • CaNoRock STEP is funded until 2016 by the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SiU). The goal is that the Parties by that date have established a sustainable future collaborative program in research and education with the necessary external funding.
  • The signing of this MoU expresses each Party’s commitment to strive to allocate sufficient academic, administrative and technical resources to successfully complete the CaNoRock STEP partnership program.
  • The aim is to explore the following activities and areas of collaboration:                                                                                                                       
  1. Pre-approved course packages for semester exchanges at bachelor, master and PhD levels
  2. Funding at least one student rocket per year
  3. Research project opportunities for graduate-level students
  4. Annual PhD schools/ scientific workshops
  5. Setting up a joint international space degree
  6. Establishing a CaNoSat student satellite program

Transatlantic Science Week
The purpose of the annual Transatlantic Science Week (TSW) is to promote enhanced cooperation between Canadian, American and Norwegian stakeholders in research, innovation and higher education. TSW is an arena where different stakeholders can meet with the purpose of developing long-term collaborations or partnerships. The conference also hopes to strengthen the linkages that currently exist between the research and education domains. Finally, TSW also provides an excellent arena for dialogue between the research communities and policymakers.

The Royal Norwegian Embassies in Ottawa and Washington, DC are co-organizers of TSW this year. The conference is made possible by generous contributions from the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, the Research Council of Norway, the National Research Council Canada, and the University of Toronto.

This year’s TSW marks the13th annual conference and will focus on challenges and opportunities in the Arctic, with a special look at Arctic societies, sustainability and safety.

Published: 9. October 2014 by: Kolbjørn Blix Dahle

CaNoRock X / EuRock I launched today

CaNoRock X / EuRock I soaring to the skies above Andøya, Norway

CaNoRock X / EuRock I soaring to the skies above Andøya, Norway (Photo: Kolbjørn Blix Dahle, ASC)

After nearly a week with intense work, the students from Switzerland, France, Norway and Canada launched their sounding rocket this morning at 11:30 LT. This was the 1oth rocket within the CaNoRock program, a bilateral student rocket & exchange program between Norway and Canada. Since late 2009, over 180 students have been at Andøya Space Center building their rocket, launched it and processed data. Making new friends and learning advanced team work is also a major part of the experience.

What was so special about this particular rocket was that for the second time (CaNoRock IX in February 2014) we had two students from Switzerland. And in addition to this, even one from France! Thanks a lot to Swiss Space Office and CNES in France for making this happen!

Read more about CaNoRock!

Published: 21. August 2014 by: Kolbjørn Blix Dahle

Engasjementstilling – Romskipet Aurora

dokikon_20140210122927Vi har ledig et 2-årig engasjement i 100 % stilling som prosjektleder for Romskipet Aurora, med tiltredelse snarest mulig. Det er mulighet for at engasjementet forlenges og omgjøres til fast stilling. Personen vi søker skal i hovedsak ha ansvar for den delen av driften som berører gjester fra inn- og utland, samt kurs og konferanse.

Les mer her!

Published: 29. July 2014 by: Kolbjørn Blix Dahle

PRESSEMELDING: Stortingsrepresentant Sivert Bjørnstad besøker Andøya Space Center for å foreta åpningen av European Space Camp 2014 på fredag morgen.

Stortingsrepresentant Sivert Bjørnstad åpner European Space Camp fredag morgen på Andøya Space Center.

Stortingsrepresentant Sivert Bjørnstad åpner European Space Camp fredag morgen på Andøya Space Center.

European Space Camp er en 8 dagers internasjonal   realfagsleir for ungdom i alderen 17 – 20 år.

Realfaginteressert ungdom fra hele verden får bruke en del   av sommerferien sin til opplevelser en definitivt ikke får på skolebenken.   Deltakerne har daglige forelesninger i romrelaterte emner, samt gruppearbeid   hvor kunnskapene settes ut i praksis. Slik får deltakerne ta aktivt i bruk   unike ressurser som finnes på Andøya Space Center.

På slutten av oppholdet har European Space Camp sitt absolutte klimaks –   oppskyting av rakett som har med instrumenter deltakerne har satt sammen og   klargjort. Under leiren legges det vekt på et høyt faglig nivå, samtidig som   blant annet hvalsafari og midnattsbading også gjør campen til et svært   sosialt arrangement.

European Space Camp arrangeres av Forbundet Unge Forskere og NAROM. Andre   viktige samarbeidspartnere er Norsk Romsenter og den europeiske   romorganisasjonen European Space Agency. I år   er det 25 deltakere fra 8 nasjoner som deltar på campen.

Den offisielle åpningen skjer fredag 1. august. kl 0900   på Andøya Space Center, og det er stortingsrepresentant Sivert Bjørnstad som   foretar denne. Bjørnstad er medlem av Stortingets kirke-, undervisnings- og   forskningskomite, og representerer Fremskrittspartiet.

 

 

 

Stortingsrepresentant Sivert Bjørnstad åpner European Space Camp fredag morgen på Andøya Space Center.

Published: 23. June 2014 by: Kolbjørn Blix Dahle

Ledige stillinger ved Andøya Space Center

Det er nå ledig to stillinger ved Andøya Space Center. Les mer om stillingene her:

Published: 30. April 2014 by: Kolbjørn Blix Dahle

ALOMAR celebrates 20 years in August 2014

alomar20ALOMAR is delighted to celebrate 20 years as a unique and internationally-recognized research observatory, Sandra Blindheim says. Sandra is Director of the ALOMAR Observatory.

The celebration will consist of a mixture of engaging scientific talks and discussions, as well as social events and arctic activities for invited guests. How ever, some of the arrangements unfolding at the atmospheric observatory on the top of the mountain Ramnan, a few kilometers outside the town of Andenes in Norway will also be open for the general public. The Opening Ceremony, August 22nd is one of them.

To find out more, check out the program! ALOMAR Observatory 20 years uten ASAC

Symposium participants: Bakerst fra venstre: Ulf van Zahn (tidl. IAP), Reidar Lyngra (ASC), Ralph Latteck (IAP), Jens Fiedler (IAP), Sven Peter Näsholm (NORSAR) , Marianne Moen (NRS), Josef Höffner (IAP), Mathew Beharrell (Lancaster Uni.), David Fritts (Gats Inc), Jens Hildebrand (IAP), Michael Gausa (ASC), Malin Abrahamsen (ASC), Georg Hansen (NILU), Eivind Thrane (tidl. FFI/ASC), Ove Havnes (UiT), Bjørn Gustavsson (UiT/Eiscat), Odd Roger Enoksen (ASC) I trappen, bak fra venstre: Ida Larsen (ASC), Sandra Blindheim (ASC), Charis Jones,  Franz-Josef Lübken (IAP), Alain Hauchecorne (CNRS), Jorge Chau (IAP) Neder fra venstre: Jøran Moen (UiO), Hannes Vogelmann (KIT), daughter of Hannes, Gerd baumgarten (IAP)

Symposium participants:

Behind from the left:
Ulf van Zahn (tidl. IAP), Reidar Lyngra (ASC), Ralph Latteck (IAP), Jens Fiedler (IAP), Sven Peter Näsholm (NORSAR) , Marianne Moen (NRS), Josef Höffner (IAP), Mathew Beharrell (Lancaster Uni.), David Fritts (Gats Inc), Jens Hildebrand (IAP), Michael Gausa (ASC), Malin Abrahamsen (ASC), Georg Hansen (NILU), Eivind Thrane (tidl. FFI/ASC), Ove Havnes (UiT), Bjørn Gustavsson (UiT/Eiscat), Odd Roger Enoksen (ASC)

In the stairs, behind from the left:
Ida Larsen (ASC), Sandra Blindheim (ASC), Charis Jones, Franz-Josef Lübken (IAP), Alain Hauchecorne (CNRS), Jorge Chau (IAP)

Bottom left:
Jøran Moen (UiO), Hannes Vogelmann (KIT), daughter of Hannes, Gerd baumgarten (IAP)

 

 

Published: 30. April 2014 by: Kolbjørn Blix Dahle

Andøya Rakettskytefelt Changes Name to Andøya Space Center

Andøya Rocket RangeThe old name, Andøya Rakettskytefelt has been around since the 1960s, and in addition to this there has been an English variant – Andoya Rocket Range. This is now history. Friday, 25.4 in 2014, it was decided by the owners, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, and Kongsberg Defence System that the new name should be Andøya Space Center. The new name was announced for the public by the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, during her visit at Andøya Rocket Range on April 29th:

“- More than fifty years since Norway took the plunge into space – with the first launch from Andøya, it is decided that Andøya Rakettskytefelt should be renamed. Under the name Andøya Space Center you may continue the development into the future“, the Prime Minister said.

The purpose of the new name is to give a better indication what is really going on at the facilities in Oksebåsen at Andøya. The old name did not show the diversity in the services provided these days, nor was it well suited to indicate any future additions to the activities.

asc-logo

A new logo is also in place. Not to discard all similarities with the “old rocket range” ASC decided to keep the aurora symbol from the old ARR logo, but with a modernized touch. The new logo is harmonized with new and updated logos for our subsidiaries, NAROM and Andøya Test Center (ATC). The Andøya Space Center website will be up running soon at http://www.andoyaspace.no

Published: 3. April 2014 by: Kolbjørn Blix Dahle

Pressemelding: Reiselivet møtes i Romskipet Aurora

Fylkesråd for næring, Arve Knutsen, åpner workshopen på mandag.                                      (Foto: Nordland fylkeskommune)

Fylkesråd for næring, Arve Knutsen, åpner workshopen på mandag. (Foto: Nordland fylkeskommune)

På mandag møtes ca 50 reiselivsaktører fra Lofoten, Vesterålen og Senja til to dagers workshop i Romskipet Aurora på Andøya Rakettskytefelt. Workshopen blir åpnet av fylkesråd Arve Knutsen og ordfører Jonni Solsvik.

I workshopen vil deltakerne få presentert romskipet, samt drøfte hvordan dette opplevelsessenteret kan bidra til å skape vekst lokalt og regionalt. I tillegg vil workshopen fokusere på distribusjon og salg av opplevelseskonsept, samt hvordan reiselivsaktørene på en bedre måte kan få til samhandling seg imellom lokalt og regionalt.

Reiselivssjef Roy Odd Schøyen skal lede workshopen, og det blir innledninger og foredrag av representanter fra Innovasjon Norge, Nordnorsk Reiseliv og Vikingmuseet på Borg i Lofoten.

Workshopen arrangeres i samarbeid med Nordland fylkeskommune og destinasjonsselskapene i Lofoten og Vesterålen.

Published: 8. January 2014 by: Kolbjørn Blix Dahle

Sponsorstøtte fra Andøya Rakettskytefelt

Andøya Rakettskytefelt deler ut støttemidler til frivillige lag og organisasjoner for unge i Andøy kommune.

På denne måten ønsker vi å bidra til å opprettholde et rikt og aktivt kulturliv i Andøy og gjøre kommunen til et attraktiv sted å bo på. Alle som driver med aktiviteter innen kunnskapsrettede tiltak, musikk, teater og idrett for barn og unge kan søke om midler fra Andøya Rakettskytefelt.

Vi gir ikke støtte til politiske partier eller aksjoner, eller aktiviteter med kommersielle formål.

Vi deler ut midler én gang pr. år, og søknadsfristen er 1.3 2014

Vennligst benytt vårt søknadsskjema: Søknad om sponsorstøtte

Mer informasjon om ordningen fås ved henvendelse til lederen av Markedsavdelingen: Kolbjørn Blix Dahle, telefon 76 14 45 42, kolbjorn@rocketrange.no

Published: 15. November 2013 by: Grande Jøran

HiNCube is to be launched 21. November 2013

HiNCube (Lars Helge Surdal, KDA)

21 of November HiNCube is to be launched from Yasny, Russia, after 6 years. HiNCube was started at Narvik university college in 2006 and was finished spring 2012.

This has been a student project based on voluntary work from students. Totally 67 students have participated in this work. Where they have made their own attitude system and integrated a camera to take picture of the Earth.

Follow the progress at hincube.cubesat.no

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