Welcome to the SGAC page of Norway. 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 July 1st 1969, Norway ratified the United Nations’ Outer Space Treaty.
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Young Space Activities Overview in Norway
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 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. 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?
Country-Specific Events in 2017
March 18-19 - SpaceUp Norway - The first ever space unconference in Norway, where students and professionals meet, discuss and connect to a growing space industry. - Trondheim.
June 17-25 - Spaceport Norway - A conference that will explore how space technology and services can be a strong platform for industrial and business development, and why this is relevant for you. - Stavanger.
June 18-23 - Starmus Festival - The Starmus Festival was born to celebrate science and the arts with the goal of bringing an understanding and appreciation of science to the public at large. Scientists, artists and no less than three Apollo astronauts will converge in Trondheim during this week. - Trondheim.
August 6-13 - European Space Camp - European Space Camp enables students between the ages of 17 and 20 to take control of every aspect of a rocket campaign, including circuit making, telemetry and of course the launch itself, under the supervision of some of Europe's best rocket scientists. - Andøya.
Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in Norway
- Norwegian Space Centre
Norwegian Astronautical Society
- International Astronautical Congress - The biggest space event of the year.
- International Space University - 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 CubeSat project aims to bring forth a double CubeSat through the work of master students at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU.
- Space Generation Congress - The annual meeting of the Space Generation Advisory Council held in conjunction with the International Astronautical Congress. Participants are top university students and young professionals with a passion for space who are selected from among applicants from our Space Generation international network.
- SpaceUp - A global movement of space unconferences, where participants give presentations and discusses space related topics.
- SpaceBook - Join the Norwegian page!
- The Norwegian Industrial Forum for Space Activities (NIFRO)
- The Space Portal - A web page showing how Norwegians can get involved in the space industry.
- Travel Expenses - The Norwegian Space Centre can cover parts of the travel expenses for Norwegian participants at space conferences or courses.