Space Capabilities – with Multiple Applications

Last updated: 11/20/2015 // “When looking at the Norwegian 200 NOK note, you can learn a lot about our scientific history related to space. Kristian Birkeland used a Terrella, a model earth, to simulate the northern lights.

Dr. Brekke spoke to the audience at Norway House about Norwegian Space Activities in the Arctic.
Dr. Brekke spoke to the audience at Norway House about Norwegian Space Activities in the Arctic.  

This is depicted at the front of the note, whereas the reverse side shows the northern lights over Svalbard that is visible on clear nights. There is a lot to learn about Aurora Borealis”, Dr. Pål Brekke, Senior Advisor at the Norwegian Space Center, said when kicking off his presentation at Breakfast’n Learn, November 17. Dr. Pål Brekke’s spectacular documentary “The Northern Lights; A Magic Experience” also gives several answers to questions one might have about the complex and magical phenomenon. 

Several from the audience at the Breakfast’n Learn hosted at Norway House, had also attended the showing of Brekke’s award winning movie, the night prior at The Museum of Natural Science in Houston. In addition to this movie, Mr. Brekke has published several popular international books about the Sun and the Northern Lights.

The topic of Dr. Brekke’s morning talk was «Norwegian Space Activities in the Arctic», and he demonstrated a wide range of applications of the use of satellites. Norway is a major user of Satellite data for activities such as monitoring ships, illegal fishing and oil spills in High North.

“Based on work being done in Norway, as well as through international collaboration, the applications are advancing quickly, making it possible to even monitor ocean health and human activities in the Arctic”, Brekke said. “We are also working very focused to improve radio communication and broadband in the arctic, with the Svalbard Undersea Cable System already connecting Svalbard to the mainland of Norway providing first class and speedy connectivity. “

Norwegian activities in space are at the forefront of the global space stage, and we are looking forward to see how the space capabilities will develop to even more applications.

If you want to know more, you can read Brekke's entry in Norwegian American Weekly by following this link.

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Did You Know?

The discovery of the aurora oval and the fact that northern lights are present, even though not visible for human eyes, on the day side of the earth, is one of the most sensational results of modern space research, with Norwegian Scientific work being a main contributor.