Looking for a specific product?

Make a search for products & suppliers, articles & news.

North Star – The Flexible, Green and Safe Sounding Rocket and Satellite Launch Service

Click to download North Star PDF

Nammo and Andøya Rocket Range (ARR) are working together to develop a new series of scientific rockets. The North Star family will consist of 3 configurations, North Star 1, North Star 2 and the North Star Launch Vehicle, all using hybrid propulsion technology. Hybrid rocket motors have several advantages compared to solid fuel motors. A hybrid motor does not contain explosives, which means it is easier to transport. Hybrids are environmentally friendly and the liquid oxidizer is not toxic.

These and several other advantages of the North Star rocket family you can find when browsing through the attached PDF-file describing the proposed North Star concept.  - The hybrid motors will initially be used to power the proposed North Star 1 and 2 sounding rockets, both carrying the ARR developed Hotel Payload.  After gaining experience with them on the sounding rockets, they will be used on the proposed three stage North Star Launch Vehicle (NSLV). The NSLV will be a fully hybrid powered vehicle for Nano-satellites up to 10kg, launched into Polar Low Earth Orbits from Andøya Rocket Range about 2020.

Rather than what is happening to most of the Nano-satellites these days, when they are intermittently piggy-backed into too high orbits, the NSLV is intended to serve a growing market of Nano-satellites in need for a launch at a specific time, and into a specific orbit and altitude.

The NSLV is a green alternative, both in its hybrid rocket configuration, but also when it comes to orbital limitations. Future legislation will put limits on the orbits small scientific payloads can utilize. The NSLV will be the first and only launcher specifically tailored to serve those polar low altitude orbits. The maximum altitude is set to 350km. The favorable latitude of ARR is another factor positively influencing the size of the launcher needed to carry these scientific payloads into their desired orbit. Together, this will be a milestone in the process of limiting the growing amount of space debriscaused by satellites launched into too high orbits for both their own needs and their technical capabilities.

Nano-satellites launched these days do not have any form of de-orbiting features which leaves them up there for far too long. Launched to a lower altitude, natural forces will bring them down much faster without causing unnecessary problems for other satellites and the International Space Station.

Associated companies:


Related news

Latest news

DNV GL launches new JDP to test biodegradable lubricants

The test programme will investigate such aspects as hydrodynamic oil film formation,

ROV contracts in Brazil

The new contracts and contract extensions give 1 630 days of ROV services...

Steinsvik Secures a Contract for its First Concrete Barge

Steinsvik’s well-known steel barge design is now complemented by a new and innovative concrete barge design.

Searching for the best biological solutions

AKVA group’s biologists play a key role to ensure that the company’s technology not only meets fish welfare requirements, but also provides the best possible conditions for the fish.

Elisabeth Maråk Støle appointed managing director of Forskningsselskapet SørVest AS

Elisabeth Maråk Støle will take up her position on 1 April 2018 at the latest.

TIME SCALE

We are building chambers for tomatoes to grow in space. The aim is to give food to astronauts going to Mars.

From university to heavy industry: A slow transition

It is nearly winter holiday,

Doria awarded as “best large patrol boat 2017”

Doria is equipped with Servogear Ecoflow Propulsor. 

New CEO in Steinsvik Group

Martha Kold Bakkevig replaces Bjørn M. Apeland as CEO of Steinsvik Group with accession 02.01.2018. Bakkevig has 20 years of experience within management and business development