The first Space Camp took place at the Andøya Space Center in 1996, with 20 participants from across Scandinavia in attendance. After this initial success, European Space Camp quickly became an annual event and as of 2012, has attracted over 400 participants from over 20 countries across the world.
The scientific part of the camp is divided between lectures and group work. Some of the best lecturers from across Europe lecture on topics as diverse as Rocket Physics, the work of CERN and the Northern Lights. Group work enables participants to spend a week in the life of a scientist and tackle a problem relating to the rocket launch at the end of the week. There are five groups in total: Rocket System Design, Experimental Instrumentation, Payload, Rocket Telemetry and Rocket Physics. The highlight of the week is of course the rocket launch, which takes place near the end of the week, with just enough time to analyse the results of the launch.
An important part of Space Camp is getting to know the other participants and there will be a series of social activities organised as a result. There will be the opportunity to hike up a mountain, go on a sea safari, to play volleyball in the spectacular surroundings of the Andøya Space Center and to swim under the midnight sun followed by a trip to the sauna!
Andøya Space Center
Set amongst a stunning backdrop of mountains and facing the Norwegian Sea, the Andøya Space Center enjoys a truly spectacular location in Northern Norway. The Space Center comprises a launch facility, various scientific laboratories and an on-site hotel, as well as the ALOMAR Lidar and several scientific measuring stations located several kilometres away from the Space Center. For the first time in 2014, the Spaceship Aurora is included in the programme for European Space Camp. The Spaceship Aurora is a new learning and activity center where the participants perform a virtual mission to space.
All European Space Camp participants will be staying at the Space Center’s hotel in a double room, sharing with one of the other participants. All rooms come equipped with an en suite bathroom and sheets and towels are provided. Each room also has a telephone which can be used at cost price, as well as complimentary wireless internet. All meals will be taken at the Space Center’s restaurant and all diets are catered for (participants should mention any dietary requirements when applying).
The Space Center also comprises an auditorium, smaller discussion rooms and a computer lab with 15 computers and internet, so there is no need for participants to bring their own laptops. In addition, there is a sauna and a games room complete with a pool table and table tennis table.
Apply for European Space Camp 2016
To apply for ESC 2016, which takes place from the 30th of June to the 7th of July, please follow the below instruction. All eligibility criteria are listed under the “FAQ” -tab.
To be accepted as a participant for ESC 2016 you must receive a scholarship. On the application form on our webpage you can apply for the ESC seat(International), the two ESA seats (International) and the NIFRO seat (Norwegian). Please note that the ESC and NIFRO seat does not cover the cost of transportation to Andenes Airport - this must be covered by the applicant. The deadline here is 1st of April 2016.
The rest of the seats you can apply for are listed under “Scholarships”, and include for example your “fylkeskommune”(Norwegian) and Polish Children's Fund (Polish). Note that these will have different deadlines and application forms.
Participants in need of a visa to visit Norway do not need to worry about obtaining a visa now; if their application is successful, there will be enough time between participants being selected and the start of ESC 2015 to obtain a visa. You will not need to apply for a visa to visit Norway if your country is listed at this site: Norwegian Directorate of Immigration
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European Space CampFor camp 2016 there is one ESC-seat available. All qualified applicants regardless of nationality are eligible for this seat. Please note that the European Space Camp seat does not cover the cost of transportation to Andenes Airport - the applicant must cover this.
European Space AgencyCamp 2016 has two ESA-seats. ESA sponsors travel costs for the two ESA& scholars up to a maximum of €670 each. All applicants that hold the nationality of an ESA Member State, Cooperating State, or Associate Member are automatically applying for this scholarship.
ESA Member States as of 2016: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. European Cooperating States: Estonia, Hungary, Latvia and Slovenia. Cooperating States: Cyprus, Lithuania, Malta, Slovakia. ESA Associate Members: Canada
Norsk Industriforum For RomvikrsomhetNifro is sponsoring one Norwegian seat for ESC 2016. All Norwegian applications through this website automatically apply for this seat.
Our other sponsors and collaborators have separate application processes. Note that these have separate deadlines and eligibility criterias. If you are interested in applying for these scholarships, and hold the nationality noted next to the sponsor, please contact the organisation and they will provide you with the information needed to apply and their requirements for applying.
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European Space Camp
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