Andøya Rocket Range
In late 1962, ESRO (European Space Research Organisation), aware that the rocket range it had planned to build at Esrange, Sweden, would not be ready before the autumn of1965, reached an agreement with Norway to use And°ya. The first six ESRO rockets were launched from there in the first quarter of 1966 and four were launched on behalf of CNES (the French space agency) the same year. In late 1966, Esrange opened and ESRO shifted its launches to this new location; however, And°ya continued to be used regularly for bilateral and international sounding rocket programs.
Since 1972 the range has been supported through a Special Project Agreement under which it is maintained by and made available to some ESA (European Space Agency) states, as has been operated for commercial and bilateral programs. Now managed by the Norwegian Space Center, the And°ya range comprises eight launch pads including a universal ramp able to launch rockets weighing up to 20 tons.
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