SGAC Norway

National Point of Contact
Tale Sundlisæter Roger Birkeland
Tale Sundlisæter
Oct 2011-Oct 2015
Roger Birkeland
Apr 2014-Apr 2016
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 Did you know that Norway was the first country in the world to enter into force a national space law? It was the Norwegian Act of 1969 stating that ‘anyone launching an object into outer space from Norwegian territory or facilities requires permission from the Minister of Trade and Industry.’ Two weeks later, on 1. July 1969, Norway ratified the United Nations’ Outer Space Treaty.

Historically, Norway has been a nation of explorers. Today, Norway is ideal for space technology applications due to its geography, climate and its large maritime area, which is a whopping seven times the size of its terrestrial. Located at the top of the world, Norway is also very well placed to study the phenomena of the beautiful and intriguing Aurora Borealis -- the Northern Lights. The first research sounding rocket was launched from Andøya Rocket Range in 1962, and today Andøya Space Center is NASA's most important sounding rocket launchpad outside of the US. Norway has also contributed to missions such as Spacelab 1 and 2, the European Space Agency's (ESA's) Cluster mission and the joint ESA/NASA mission SOHO, to name a few.

When it comes to the field of navigation, the Vikings started out with navigating by the stars to discover America around the year 1000. Today, Norway plays an active role in the European flagship Galileo, the satellite navigation constellation expected to start operating in 2014 with an initial constellation of 18 satellites. In Norway, you can also find one of the places on the planet that are the most similar to the Mars environment. Svalbard is an attractive location for Mars exploration mission testing and NASA and ESA have tested Mars rovers, instruments and even space suits here! Did you know that one of only two non-US instruments going to be onboard the next Mars science vehicle is a Norwegian ground penetrating radar?


Young Space Activities Overview in Norway

There are a few groups in Norway where young professionals and students can meet to share ideas and projects related to space. First of all, find the Norwegian page on SpaceBook!

Upcoming Events/Projects/Activities for students

  • International Space University (ISU): Funding for Norwegians is available through the ISU Funding Committee and the Norwegian Space Center
  • Alpbach Summer School: the Norwegian Space Centre gives out 1-2 scholarships a year.
  • NTNU Test Satellite (NUTS): The NUTS program at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology is an innovative program to advance space education in Norway, inspire students to pursue science and engineering educations and careers, and prepare tomorrow’s leaders with the interdisciplinary teamwork skills which are necessary for success. The primary objective of the challenge is for a team of university students (undergraduate and graduate) to design and build an operational small-satellite. The project group consists of 20 students. Active members of the project can apply for support for different space related conferences (including SGC).
  • CubeSTAR:  This project is a student satellite project at University of Oslo (UiO) in Norway. The technical groups are managed by students, where the work is mainly performed through a master thesis. The satellite will be launched into an polar orbit where it will be performing measurments over the artic regions. UiO is also delivering Langmuir-probes as payloads to several of the QB50 satellites.
  • Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) Norway is currently looking for students interested in taking initiative on space projects.
  • Through the CaNoRock initiative, students from Bachelors to PhD levels from Norway and Canada partitipate in rocket launches from ASC
  • European Space Camp is held every year at ASC. This is open to young space people aged between 17 and 20.

Industrial Activities

  • The Norwegian Industrial Forum for Space Activities (NIFRO) is the accepted associate of The Storting (Parliament) and administration in space matters.
  • Think Outside the Planet: A technology exchange program that focuses on Norway’s innovative offshore and space industry and the possibility of combining this with knowledge from the mining industry. Think Outside the Planet aims at taking Space and Energy to the next level!


Country-Specific Events in 2015

Since Tales period as national point of contact is ending this fall, we are looking for a second NPoC. Please contact Tale or Roger for more information if you are interested.


Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in Norway

Groups, People, Institutions


At NTNU, you can work with space related subjects such as satellite communications, navigation and space electronics through the study programs for Electronic System Design and Innovation and the program for Cybernetics and Robotics. In addition, the Department of Physics offers classes in Astrophysics and Atmosphere physics.

At UiO you can study space related topics as part of a degree in physics. Space weather is a big focus area at UiO now, with the 4D Space initiative.

The Norwegian Space Centre has good connections with space studies in the European space capitol Toulouse:

Many other universities offer programs in aerospace engineers or other department that includes research projects related to space.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact your National Point of Contact and get involved in Space Generation!


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