Triangle in Northern Norway

Triangle in Northern Norway

October 8, 2009
Head of Communication

Strengthened collaboration can provide a golden triangle in Northern Norway between Andøya, Tromsø and Narvik.

There are no plans for illegal activities in the north, rather strengthened collaboration within space activities and earth observation that are providing golden opportunities. The collaboration between Andøya Rocket Range and Norut has become closer.

New company established

The first actual result of the collaboration recently took off with the establishment of a new company, Linjefly AS, which is a result of the research activities connected with unmanned aircraft at the department for Earth Observation at Norut Tromsø.

Troms Kraft is the majority shareholder of the new company. Andøya Rocket Range (ARR) is a shareholder and its intention is to be a service provider and operator of the unmanned aircraft, for both scientific and commercial purposes. Norinnova’s shareholding ensures competence on the commercialisation of the research result.

Big expectations

The Norut group’s management team has recently visited Andøya Rocket Range to discuss the future collaboration. To a large extent, Norut and ARR have competence that complements each other.

ARR Managing Director Odd Roger Enoksen and Norut CEO – Managing Director Ivan C. Burkow have big expectations about the future collaboration.

“Norut and Andøya Rocket Range represent the region’s leading communities within space/earth observations, and with the close relations we have already established there are good conditions to develop the collaboration to new exciting areas,” says Odd Roger Enoksen.

“This collaboration will strengthen a field in which Norut already has an international position,” says Ivan C. Burkow. “We also believe that with time, this will form the basis for new industiral building blocks in Northern Norway.”

Specific collaboration

Norut and ARR both see openings for specific collaboration. They both agree that given ARR’s infrastructure and Norut’s research competence, they have something to provide each other.

Norut Narvik can contribute its competence in materials development, construction and testing of, for example, lightweight materials.

Norut Tromsø has a strong position internationally in the development of analytical models and image processing of remote sensing data.

Narom, the Norwegian Centre of Space-related Education, which is located at Andøya Rocket Range, envisages that they can to a higher degree draw on Norut scientists when they run their courses for teachers and students.

There is also continuous development in the collaboration between Norut and ARR concerning the development of payloads in rockets and light aircraft, relating to both sensors and analysis. The activity connected with unmanned aircraft is of particular importance here.

In connection with the meeting between the management of Norut and ARR, a work group was set up to look at other opportunities for collaboration in the future.