There is currently a “space race” going on in Europe in which many countries announce their interest in facilitating the launching of satellites and rockets into space. Andøya in Northern Norway has for many years played a natural part in the space industry development.
“Through the establishing of Andøya Spaceport it will claim its place as a key actor in this industry”, says a very happy Nordland County Councilor Tomas Norvoll (Labour) in a press statement.
Norvoll believes letting this opportunity go would be a bad idea and is thus very pleased with he recent decision of the Committee, as it appears the future plans for Andøya may be realized.
“This is about high-competence jobs, it is about adding real value to the High North policy, and it is about taking a stand in an industry where Andøya has very special natural preconditions. And last, but not least, it is about continuing to build on a foundation that has been laid down over years in Andøya, says Councilor Norvoll.
Must come with money
Norvoll stresses that the funding for these plans should be found in the revised national budget, which the Storting, the Norwegian parliament, is to adopt in June.
“The opportunity is now. The Business and Industry Committee is serious about this, and that has to lead to funds being allocated now”, Tomas Norvoll says in closing.
This article was originally published in Norwegian and has been translated by HNN's Elisabeth Bergquist.