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Norway’s Andøya Space has received go-ahead funding to establish a launch base for small satellites on Andøya.

The decision places Norway as one of the few countries that will be able to launch satellites from its own territory. The maiden satellite launch from Andøya is planned for third quarter 2022.

Andøya Space, as an orbital service provider, explains that the spaceport will serve launch vehicles designed to deliver payloads of up to 1.5 metric tons, primarily using liquid fuel.

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Launch companies

Earlier, Andøya Space signed agreements with German satellite launch companies, Isar Aerospace and Rocket Factory Augsbur (RFA).

As a launch site operator, Andøya Space will supply the technical infrastructure, the launch pads and the buildings, while launch service providers bring their launch vehicles to the spaceport.

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Andøya is the northernmost island in the Vesterålen archipelago, situated about 190 miles (300 kilometers) inside the Arctic circle. Andøya is located in Andøy Municipality in Nordland county, Norway.

Flight path

Andøya Space intends to offer launch inclinations ranging from 87.4 to 108 degrees – favorable for both sun-synchronous and polar orbits.

Artist’s representation of new launch complex.
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The flight path of launchers ensures a trajectory whose ground track does not cross populated areas. The large impact and dispersion area in the Norwegian Sea enables safe disposal of spent rocket stages.

Commercial investment 

The first request for funding for a satellite launch base on Andøya was received by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (NFD) in February 2019. Over the past 2.5 years, there has been a close dialogue between Andøya Space, NFD and NFD’s advisers on the project. The purpose has been to clarify whether the launch base can be realized as a commercial investment for the state.

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“The launch site on Andøya is an investment with great opportunities, but it also involves great risk,” says Minister of Trade and Industry Iselin Nybø. “From the government’s perspective, it’s been an absolute requirement to document that the equity invested is on terms a commercial investor would accept.”

For more information on Andøya Space, go to:

https://www.andoyaspace.no/

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