Rocket-borne EXperiments 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.

General information

Launch site Esrange Space Center
Launch date February 23, 2011 at 10:00 UTC
Customer Student programme

Technical information

Rocket type Improved Orion rocket
Nominal diameter 356 mm
Total weight 542 kg
Burning time 1st stage 26 s
Max acceleration 21 g
Apogee ~82 km
Flight time to apogee ~144 s

Experiment modules

DLR sponsored experiments:
- GAGa (Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany): Granular Anisotropic Gases - study of the effects of anisotropy on granular gas dynamics.
- FOCUS (Technical University of Munich, Germany): First Orbit Curing Experiment of University Students - development and flight testing of a deployable structure with a resin matrix that will be cured after deployment.

ESA/SNSB sponsored experiments:
- SQUID (KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden): Spinning QUad Ionospheric Deployer - wire-boom deployment system.
- M-BEAM (Higher Technical College of Electronics, Moessingerstrasse, Austria): Magnetic BEAring for brushless DC Motor - determining of magnetic bearings for asynchronous motor for maintenance-free operation of gyroscope in microgravity.

Contact persons

Olle Persson, EuroLaunch (SSC),
Andreas Stamminger, EuroLaunch (DLR),

Read more

REXUS/BEXUS website 
ESAs website for REXUS and BEXUS  

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