Norwegian Space opportunities within ESA's ARTES Applications programme 2016

The APNorway workshop “Norwegian Space opportunities within the IAP program” took place in Stavanger at iPark on 13th April 2016. 20 participants joined the session where the objective was to provide help and support in developing proposals for the ESA ARTES Applications programme. Tony Sephton represented ESA and gave an overview of the ARTES Applications programmes, instruments and guidelines to a successful IAP activity. Rune Sandbakken from theNorwegian Space Centre and Kay Fjørtoft from APNorway, gave presentations of the Norwegian possibilities and the support that they can give to applicants. Erik Monsen representing Validé and ESA Technology Transfer Norway gave an overview of projects and activities from the Technology Transfer perspective.

The industry session had three different presentations. The first presenter was Tormod Våga, Head of the maritime traffic centre at Kvitsøy, operated by the Norwegian Coastal Administration. He explained the traffic monitoring work and the importance of proper tracking of vessels, and referred to the AIS-SAT as providing a major step forward. He also pointed out new service opportunities based on Space Technology.

Karl Ernst Karlsen, IO-Konsulenten, was the next speaker. His presentation was space opportunities for integrated operations within the oil and gas sector. He gave a historical overview of the O&G development from the first exploration activities to current operations. He mentioned the importance of technology for a successful development. At the end, he also gave some thought on ideas for future services.

BaSEC (Barents Sea Exploration Collaboration) then had a presentation given by Åshild Tandberg Skjærseth.  BaSEC represents a consortium of many different oil company operators. Åshild is employed by Statoil, but is coordinating the work within the BaSEC group. BaSEC aims to have a common joint operator approach to exploration and operations of oil fields in the Barents Sea. This includes appropriate level of Safety and Emergency preparedness, Data sharing and Standardisation.



Kay Fjørtoft – AP Norway

Kay opened the workshop and gave a presentation of the APNorway mandate, a short overview of the ESA ARTES Applications programme, and some examples of projects.

Presentation: APNorway_welcome.pdf


Tony Sephton – ESA

Tony gave a presentation of possibilities within the IAP programme, with a detailed overview of the different types of support mechanisms, the ARTES Applications programmes, and some examples of projects, as well as guidelines for preparing a proposal.

Presentation: ESA_ARTES.pdf


Rune Sandbakken – Norwegian Space Centre

Rune introduced the role of the Norwegian Space Centre, and gave an overview of the Norwegian status within the ESA IAP programme. Norwegian space activities should contribute to value-added growth, innovation, education and safety for the environment and society at large.

Presentation: NSC.pdf


Erik Monsen – Space Technology Transfer

Erik gave an introduction on the Space Technology Transfer role, an industry-wide technology transfer initiative between space and non-space in Norway searching for Spin in & out, Technology scouting, Opportunity/leads management, and demonstrator projects. He also gave a presentation of some projects.

Presentation: Spacetransfer.pdf



Karl Ernst Karlsen

Karl Ernst gave an historical overview of the oil and gas industry from 1981 until now. He has experiences from different oil companies and has seen the technology become an important contribution to the operators. Integrated Operations (IO) has proved successes where the integration between people, organisations and technologies is essential. Karl Ernst also listed some opportunities for space based services within the IO concept.

Presentation: IO.pdf


Tormod Våga, Norwegian Coastal Administration, Vessel Traffic Service Centres

Tormod's presentation was about possibilities and needs from the Norwegian Coastal Administration regarding space based services. There are two different time eras, one before AIS and one after. One challenge today is to integrate information from AIS with Radarsat. VDES seems to be an important contribution to the maritime industry, both for emergencies as well as for general communication.

Presentation: NCA.pdf


Åshild Tandberg Skjærseth

Åshild represented the joint operator collaboration BaSEC regarding exploration in the Barents Sea. Some suggested services of importance listed are MetOcean and Ice forecast and prediction, environment and oil spill preparedness, logistics and emergency response, mobile drilling units, and health and work environment. 

Presentation: BaSEC.pdf

15 March 2016
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