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Oet Narvik, Romsobel |  12 million NOK to build two satellites

Oet Narvik, Romsobel | 12 million NOK to build two satellites

Each year, UiT researchers compete for research funding from the Norwegian Research Council. In September, Raymond Christiansen of UiT Narvik’s Electrical Technology Division was awarded NOK 12 million to search for space junk.

The project will demonstrate that ordinary and commercial satellites can be used to map space debris a few millimeters in size. Therefore, the participants must build, among other things, two satellites, written in the project description.

Raymond Christiansen commends the teamwork behind submitting the application to the Research Council.

The project is related to the Student Satellite Project that is already underway at IVT College. We know so little about space junk, yet millions of tiny objects orbit the Earth and pose a danger to both astronauts and satellites. It’s great news for us, says Christiansen.

Raymond’s project is one of four projects that have received funding from UiT’s Pioneering Research Scheme (FRIPRO). UiT Narvik President Dag Rune Olsen is proud to award the scholarship.

Congratulations to all UiT researchers and research projects receiving Research Council support this fall. Competition is fierce, especially with other broad universities, and those who make it through the eye of the needle can demonstrate high academic quality and great work effort.

The Research Council received more than 1,500 applications in all disciplines. Only 82 received support. The funding will give researchers the opportunity to research their projects for a period of three to six years.

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