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 Launched 19 March 2012 at 14.05 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

  • Suaineadh (Deployment and stabilisation of a spinning net)
    University of Glasgow, UK anf KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
  • REDEMPTION (REmoval of DEbris using Material with Phase Transition: IONospherical tests)
    University of Bologna, Italy
  • SPACE (Suborbital Particle Aggregation and Collision Experiment)
    TU Braunschweig, Germany
  • SOMID (Solid-borne Sound Measurements for the Independent Detection of Events on Space Vehicles)
    University of Munic, Germany
  • Telescobe (Demonstration of a telescopic boom system)
    Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland

Contact persons

Olle Persson, EuroLaunch (SSC),

Read more

REXUS/BEXUS website 
ESAs website for REXUS and BEXUS  

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