New oppurtunity for students to fly a rocket from the arctic!

Fly a Rocket! is back! After a successful pilot cycle in 2016/2017 the ESA Education office is now searching for 24 new, enthusiastic, future space scientists/engineers to participate in the next cycle of this exciting programme!

From an impressive 493 applicants last time, 24 was selected to travel to Andøya Space Center for this once in a lifetime oppurtunity. The first Fly a Rocket! was named Volare-1 to honour the italian ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano, which gave the following greeting to the students:

«Please tell the students for me that I’m proud of their dreams and achievements, and I’m looking forward to what they will accomplish in their life. I’m thankful for their choice of naming their rocket Volare-1: it’s truly a perch name.»

A hands-on programme for students

The Fly a Rocket! programme is a hands-on programme which will give the lucky selected candidates a chance to learn more about space science and technology, and to launch their very own student rocket from the Andøya Space Center in Northern Norway!

The programme is offered under an agreement between the ESA Education office, the Norwegian Centre for Space-related Education (NAROM), and the Norwegian Space Centre (Norsk Romsenter).

Take an active role during launch

Throughout winter 2018 the selected candidates will participate in an online course to inform and prepare them for a rocket campaign at Andøya Space Center  scheduled for April 2019. During the campaign the participants will build, verify and launch their own rocket, as well attending several lectures and tours and learning more about European and Norwegian efforts in space.

During the launch participations will be at all ‘stations’ including the ‘block-house’ and in the operations tower – giving the final ‘GO’ for launch!

Applications are open until the 26th of October 2018.

Find out more and how to apply at

Group photo outdoors (Photo: NAROM)

Watching particles from the sun enter our atmosphere. (Photo: NAROM)

Science looking good (Photo: NAROM)

Telemetry setup (Photo: NAROM)

Mission in Spaceship Aurora (Photo: NAROM)