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Launch of the first Norwegian-built satellite

The first Norwegian-built satellite will be launched this fall. The satellite has been developed and built by students from several Norwegian universities and colleges.

The first Norwegian-built satellite will be launched this fall. The satellite has been developed and built by students from several Norwegian universities and colleges.


The micro satellite will be used to monitor shipping in Norwegian waters and the movement of reindeer herds on the Hardangervidda plateau.

More than 50 students have participated in the three-year project, which will be completed when the satellite will be launched into a 600 kilometre polar orbit around the Earth in October or November this year.

The launching of the satellite will take place from the Russian space center at Baikonur in Kazakstan.

(Aftenposten)

The aim of the Norwegian Student Satellite Project (NCUBE) is to design, build, integrate, test and launch a small satellite in order to provide students in Norwegian educational institutions with:

• hands-on experience with a real satellite mission
• multidisciplinary collaboration
• space project experience

To stimulate:
• Interest in science
• Increased competence in space technology among students and educational institutions
• Co-operation between educational institutions and industry
• Co-operation and exchange of knowledge between institutions in the north and in the south

By ensuring:
• Support and guidance from in-house expertise
• Support from expertise in related Norwegian industry and research establishments
• Testing by rocket launch or balloon mission, and in facilities available throughout Norway