The sixth flight

MAPHEUS – Materialphysikalische Experimente unter Schwerelosigkeit, Material Physics under Microgravity Conditions


MAPHEUS is a DLR research rocket programme conducting annual launches of science payloads initially dedicated to materials studies. In the first project phase 14" payloads have been launched using a two stage Nike-Orion motor combination providing about 3 minutes of reduced gravity at a level of better than 10-4g (MAPHEUS 1-3) or on a single stage S30 motor providing about 4 minutes of reduced gravity at a level of better than 10-4 g (MAPHEUS-4). Experiments covered a wide range of materials physics topics such as gelation, granular dynamics, diffusion, solidification, and the mixing of liquid metallic alloys.

MAPHEUS-6 is the second sounding rocket in the programme aiming for a launch of 17" science payloads with a two-stage S31/S30 motor combination reaching about 6 minutes of reduced gravity at a level better than 10-4g. 

General information

Launch site Esrange Space Center
Launch date TBD
Customer DLR

Technical information

Rocket type Brazilian two-stage S31/S30 motor combination
Nominal diameter 557 mm
Total weight 2663,2 kg
Apogee ~260 km
Microgravity time ~360 s
Length 12356 mm
Burn-out S30 ~44 s
Burn-out S31 ~13,5 s
Yo-yo despin ~56 s
Max acceleration ~12,3 g
Flight time to apogee ~261 x








Experiment modules

Module Experimenter
MemEx PI: PD Dr. rer. nat. Ruth Hemmersbach, DLR ME
Team: Dr. Jens Hauslage,
μg-ESL PI: Prof. Andreas Meyer (Principal Investigator), MP-LTG
Team: Christian Neumann,Dr. Dirk Bräuer
Isabell Jonas, Sarah Zimmerman
Recovery System Developed by: DLR MORABA

Contact persons

Mr. Torbjörn Eld, SSC,
Mr. F Scheuerpflug, DLR,

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