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.
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
space project experience
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
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