BEXUS 14 / 15 & VEXREDUS RSS

Balloon-borne EXperiment for University Students .

The REXUS/BEXUS programme is realised under a bilateral Agency Agreement between the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Swedish National Space Board (SNSB). The Swedish share of the payload has been made available to students from other European countries through a collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA).
EuroLaunch, a cooperation between the Esrange Space Center of SSC and the Mobile Rocket Base (MORABA) of DLR, is responsible for the campaign management and operations of the launch vehicles. Experts from ESA, SSC and DLR provide technical support to the student teams throughout the project.

Bexus 14 was successfully launched on September 24 at 11:00 UTC. The balloon reached an altitude of 28,6 km and the payload landed after nearly five hours of flight.
 
BEXUS 15 was successfully launched on September 25 at 10.18 UTC. The balloon will now spend about two hours to reach the float altitude (approximately 25 km) and then stay on float for about five hours before the cut down command will be given.
 
The VEXREDUS experiment consist of a glider that shall partly test reentry behaviours of an unconventional shaped blended wing body concept. The mission is to get insight on the aerodynamic behaviour in low density atmospheric layers and then autonomously glide back to the landing site.

VEXREDUS was successfully launched by a weather balloon on September 26 at 09.27 UTC.
At 09.53 the balloon reached an altitude of 10 km and the glider was dropped.
 
General information
Launch site Esrange Space Center
Launch date September 2012
Customer Student programme

Experiment description
BEXUS 14
MONSTA (Measurement Of Neutrons with Scintillators in The Atmosphere). - Christian Albrecht University of Kiel, Germany

TECHDOSE:  
(Development of a Complex Balloon Technology Platform for Advanced Cosmic Radiation and Dosimetric Measurements). - Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

BEXUS 15
AMES:  (Atmospheric Magnetic and Electric field Sensor) - Lycée Gustave Eiffel of Cachan, France

BioDos:  (Continuous measurement of the change of UV radiation in dependence of altitude - Testing new method of measuring effects of UV radiation on biological systems) - Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

MISSUS: (Meteorological Integrated Sensor Suite for Stratospgeric analysis) - University of Padova, Italy

SolSpecTre: (Measurement of Solar Spectrum) - Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany

 VEXREDUS: (Vehicle EXtended Reentry Duration) - University of Stuttgart, Germany)

Read more aboute the experiment on BEXUS- 14/15

Contact persons:
Mikael Inga, Eurolaunch (SSC) mikael.inga@sscspace.com
Natacha Callens, (ESA Education), Natacha.callens@esa.int
Kristine Dannenberg, (SNSB) Kristine.Dannenberg@snsb.se

Read More:

REXUS/BEXUS Website
Esa's website for REXUS BEXUS


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