MASER 12 RSS

Complete, cost-effective concept for short duration microgravity research

MASER is a sounding rocket program for microgravity research developed and managed by SSC. MASER 12 launch campaign at Esrange Space Center is up and running since January 30. 1st launch date is planned for 13 February 2012.

The first MASER rocket was launched in March 1987. It is a complete, cost-effective concept for short duration microgravity research with international user participation. An experienced project team runs MASER and offers experiment modules, subsystems and frequent flight opportunities.

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General information

Launch site Esrange Space Center
Launch date First hot count down 13 February 2012
Customer ESA
Prime contractor SSC

Technical information

Rocket type VSB 30 rocket
Nominal diameter 17 inches
Mass 390 kg
Apogee 250 km
Microgravity >6 min

Experiment modules

Module Experimenter
Biomics-2 Prime contractor: SSC
Sub contractor: Lambda-X
PI: Podgorski et al.
XRMON-GF Prime contractor: SSC
PI: Nguyen-Thi et al.
SOURCE-2 Prime contractor: SSC
Sub contractor: DTM Technologies
PI: Colin et al.

BIM-2



STIM

Prime contractor: SSC
Sub contractor: CCM and Dutch Space

PI: Peppelenbosch et al.
PI: Cogoli et al.
MASM
(MASER service module)
Developed by: SSC and DLR
Sub contractor: Techno System
Recovery System Developed by: DLR and Kayser-Threde

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