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

Published: 21. September 2013 by: Trond Abrahamsen

Press Release: Rocket Motor Problem During Launch

Motor problems in the first stage of a rocket launched from the Andøya Rocket Range led to the scramjet flight experiment part of the SCRAMSPACE research project being unable to take place. All launches with this type of motor are now suspended, and an international Failure Investigation Board has been appointed to find the cause of the incident.

The range can confirm that the SCRAMSPACE payload functioned as it should, and was in no way connected with the failure of the rocket.

On Wednesday, 18 September 2013 at 15:18 hours (CET) the Australian SSCRAMSPACE scramjet flight experiment was launched at the Andøya Rocket Range. The SCRAMSPACE project, led by The University of Queensland and involving 12 other international groups, aims to test the future potential of scramjet motor technology. The project has a total budget of about NOK 77 million (€9.6 million), including all development and personnel costs associated with both the ground-based and flight-based research.

The rocket launched was a two-stage configuration having an S-30 first stage and an Improved Orion second stage. According to the flight plan, the first stage was to land in water about 18 km northwest of Andenes. The second stage was to attain an altitude of more than 300 km and land in water 250 km northwest of Andenes.

The rocket strayed off course and had an unstable ascent. This was due to an unexpected event during ignition in the first stage motor early in the flight. The first stage motor landed in water at Moholmen, and the second stage motor and payload landed in water a few hundred meters northwest of the Andenes lighthouse. The Range telemetry antennas tracked the flight of the payload and consequently acquired data from the flight until contact was lost at an altitude of 383 meters before landing in the water. The scramjet payload functioned as it should and was not connected or responsible for the rocket motor fault. All systems on the payload were intact and functioning throughout the flight. The Australian managers of the project concluded that it had been technologically successful, though scientific expectations were not fulfilled because the flight did not proceed as planned.

Apparently the cause was a fault in the first stage thruster that occurred in ignition during the first phase of the flight. This rocket configuration has been much used in sounding rockets, as by Sweden (at the Esrange at Kiruna), Norway, Germany and Brazil. In recent years there have been many launches of rockets with the configuration from Andøya. There have been no previous accidents or problems with the configuration.

An international Failure Investigation Board has been appointed with members from Norway, Germany, Australia and Brazil. One of the tasks of this board is to determine the cause of the failure of the rocket motor. Until further notice, all launches using this motor have been suspended.

The Andøya Rocket Range has recovered the motor and the payload from the sea, and will retrieve the other motor early next week. The Failure Investigation Board‘s tasks include inspecting these parts of the rocket and payload.

For further information, please contact:

Kjell Bøen,
Head of Sounding Rocket and Balloon Division, Andøya Rocket Range
Tel: (+47) 907 87 686
E-mail: kjell@rocketrange.no

Published: 20. September 2013 by: Kolbjørn Blix Dahle

Pressemelding: MOTORTRØBBEL UNDER RAKETTOPPSKYTING

Problemer med motoren på første trinn av en rakett som ble skutt opp fra Andøya Rakettskytefelt førte til at denne delen av forskningsoppdraget ScramSpace ikke ble vellykket. All rakettoppskyting med denne motortypen er nå innstilt, og en internasjonal granskningskommisjon blir nå satt ned for å finne årsaken til hendelsen.

Onsdag 18.september kl 15.18 ble en rakett fra det australske forskningsprosjektet ScramSpace skutt opp fra Andøya Rakettskytefelt. Prosjektet tilhørte det australske University of Queensland og deres samarbeidspartnere, hvor formålet med prosjektet er å teste fremtidig ramjetmotorteknologi. Forskningsprosjektet er et treårig prosjekt og har en totalramme på ca 77 MNOK og hvor rakettoppskytingen skulle være høydepunktet.

Raketten som ble benyttet var en to-trinns konfigurasjon bestående av en S-30 som første trinn og en Improved Orion som andre trinn. Rakettens første trinn skulle etter planen falle ned i havet ca. 18 km nordvest for Andenes. Andretrinnet og nyttelasten skulle opp til over 300 km høyde og falle ned i havet 250 km nordvest for Andenes.

Raketten kom ut av kurs og hadde en ustabil oppstigning. Dette skyldes at noe skjedde med første trinnets rakettmotor i tenningsøyeblikket og tidlig i fluktfasen. Første trinnet falt ned i havet ved Moholmen og motor og nyttelast falt ned i havet noen hundre meter nordvest for fyret på Andenes. Andøya Rakettskytefelt fulgte nyttelastens flukt med telemetriantenne og det er derfor mottatt en mengde data fra flukten helt til skytefeltet mistet kontakten i en høyde på 383 meter over havet. Rakettens nyttelast fungerte akkurat som den skulle og alle systemer om bord var intakt under hele flukten. Prosjektledelsen konstaterer at teknologisk sett er prosjektet en suksess, men på grunn av at man ikke fikk en flukt som planlagt er ikke vitenskapelige forventninger og krav tilfredsstilt.

Årsaken ser ut til å skyldes en feil med første trinns rakettmotor som inntrådte allerede i tenningsøyeblikket og i første del av flukten. Akkurat denne rakettkonfigurasjonen har vært mye brukt innen rakettforskning, og brukes av blant andre Sverige (fra Esrange i Kiruna), Norge, Tyskland og Brasil. Rakettkonfigurasjonen har blitt skutt opp fra Andøya flere ganger i løpet av de siste årene. Det har heller ikke vært meldt om ulykker eller problemer med denne konfigurasjonen tidligere.

Det blir nå satt ned en internasjonal undersøkelseskommisjon med medlemmer fra Norge, Tyskland, Australia og Brasil. Kommisjonens oppgave er blant annet å fastslå hva som var årsaken til feilen med rakettmotoren. Inntil videre er all oppskyting av denne rakettmotoren innstilt.

Andøya Rakettskytefelt har fått hentet opp den ene rakettmotoren og nyttelastdelen fra havet, og vil få tatt opp den andre motoren tidlig i neste uke. Disse delene av raketten vil bli inspisert og testet som en del av undersøkelseskommisjonens arbeid.

 

Ønskes ytterligere opplysninger:

Kjell Bøen, Leder Rakett og Ballongavd., Andøya Rakettskytefelt  …………………   tlf 907 87 686

Published: 27. July 2013 by: Sandra Blindheim

Foundation Stone for Alomar Observatory Laid Down Twenty Years Ago

1374754589Twenty years ago, today, the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Johan Jørgen Holst lay down the foundation stone for the Alomar Observatory on top of the Ramnan mountain on Andøya.

The idea for such an observatory in Northern Norway was put forward in 1991 by professor Ulf von Zahn from the Leibniz Institute for Atmospheric Physics in Kühlungsborn, Eivind Thrane from the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment and Kolbjørn Adolfsen from the Andøya Rocket Range.

The two countries, Norway and Germany decided to join forces and three years later the first light scattered back from the polar middle atmosphere was detected by the telescopes at the observatory.

In 2013, the observatory has grown to become a world class facility for studies of the atmosphere all the way up to the lower thermosphere. The science community around Alomar has an international character and scientists from all over the world are locating their instruments at the observatory.

Data generated at the observatory has contributed to over 450 scientific publications in atmosphere research and environmental monitoring. The observatory’s location right next to Andøya Rocket Range has been a crucial improvement on the scientific ground support for sounding rockets launched from Andøya.

There are few places in the world today where you have such a wide range of lidar, radar and passive remote sensing instruments co-located with the ability to do in-situ measurements with rockets, unmanned airplanes and balloons in the same volume of space.

The observatory was officially opened in June 1994, so the 20th anniversary will be celebrated in 2014. Stay tuned for more information about the anniversary and future plans for the Alomar observatory.

Published: 22. June 2013 by: Kolbjørn Blix Dahle

Cancellation of 40th Annual European Meeting On Atmospheric Studies By Optical Methods

Dear colleagues.
It is with great sadness I have to inform you that the 40th Annual European Meeting On Atmospheric Studies By Optical Methods at Andøya Rocket Range is cancelled due to lack of registered attendants. So far only 19 have registered for the conference after 4+ announcements. We have been discussing the possibility of making it into a smaller, much shorter and more compact meeting, but even that is difficult with only 19 people. Out of those 19 only 2 were also bringing instruments for the inter-comparison campaign that was meant to be a part of 40AM. Therefor we have decided not to conduct such an event as a standalone campaign either.
Those having payed by paypal or by other means will be refunded as soon as possible. More info will follow from Filip on this topic after the weekend.
This means that 40AM will be arranged somewhere else next year. We will come back to this next week. It has to be decided by the AM-community, based on suggested sites.
On behalf of Andøya Rocket Range and the organizing committee,
best regards,
Kolbjorn
Published: 18. June 2013 by: Kolbjørn Blix Dahle

Possible cancellation of 40th Annual European Meeting On Atmospheric Studies By Optical Methods

Andøya Rocket Range, June 2013

Andøya Rocket Range, June 2013

It is with great sadness I have to inform you that the 40th Annual European Meeting On Atmospheric Studies By Optical Methods at Andøya Rocket Range is heading towards a cancellation. So far only 18 have registered for the conference after three announcements. We have been discussing the possibility of making it into a smaller, much shorter and more compact meeting. However, in respect to those of you having registered, we would like once more to extend our invitation before we make a final decision on how to proceed (compacting or cancellation).

Friday, June 21st is the absolute deadline for registering. Then, late Friday we will decide what to do and inform you accordingly.

Here is more info about 40AM: http://www.rocketrange.no/40am/

Published: 8. February 2013 by: Grande Jøran

ANSAT students at CubeSat conference in Rome

Five students from NTNU together with the project manager from NTNU participated at the 2nd IAA Conference on University Missions and CubeSat Workshop 4. – 7. February, Roma Italy. The student presented their current work on the third satellite, NUTS in the ANSAT program.

Kjell Arne Ødegaard gave a presentation about Correction of faults and errors induced by cosmic radiation on operation system levels in CubeSats. Martin Nygren presented his paper, Using independent combinations of CubeSat solar panels as sun sensors for separating inbound sunlight. Bram Bezem og Per Kirstian Fjellby their work on Autenticated uplink for the small, low-orbit student satellite NUTS. Jens Abraham presented Application of Slow structures for miniaturized satellite feeding networks. Project manager for NUTS, Roger Bikeland presented Educational aspects of a cubesat project and Overview of the NUTS CubeSat project.
Read more about the student satellite, NUTS at nuts.cubesat.no

As a part of the ANSAT program student are offered to attend conferences to present their work. The students were funded by NTNU and ANSAT program to attend the conference.

Published: 30. January 2013 by: Grande Jøran

Annual ANSAT workshop in Trondheim

January 22nd – 23rd about 20 students from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and the University of Oslo gather in Trondheim for the annual ANSAT workshop. The students presented the current status from the two satellite projects CubeStar and NUTS while Torbjørn Houge and Jøran Grande from the ANSAT management presented status and lessons learned so far from the HiNCube project. Invited speaker Associate Professor Jesper A. Larsen from Aalborg University (AAU) held lectures about the CubeSat activity and lessons learned at AAU.

NUTS prototype carbon fibre structure

Roger Birkeland, project manager for NUTS held a guided tour at the NUTS Space lab were five of the students from the NTNU are preparing the final presentations for the upcoming 2nd IAA Conference on university satellite missions and CubeSat Workshop in Rome 3rd – 9th February 2013.

 

 

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