REXUS 15/16 RSS

Rocket-borne EXperiments for University Students

The REXUS/BEXUS programme allows students from universities and higher education colleges across Europe to carry out scientific and technological experiments on research rockets and balloons. Each year, two rockets and two balloons are launched, carrying up to 20 experiments designed and built by student teams.

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). General information.

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.

REXUS and BEXUS are launched from SSC, Esrange Space Center in northern Sweden.

 

Launch site Esrange Space Center
Launch date REXUS 16: May 28, 2014
REXUS 15: May 29, 2014
Customer Student programme

Technical information

Rocket type Improved Orion rocket
Nominal diameter 356 mm
Total weight TBD 
Burning time 1st stage 26 s
Max acceleration 21 g
Apogee ~81,5 km
Flight time to apogee ~152s

Experiment modules:

REXUS 15

Module

Experiment

team

StrathSat-R2 Investigation
into the use of two Cube sat-based deployable inflatable structures, including:
a solar sail and a dynamic structure that adapts to varying conditions
University
of Strathclyde, United Kingdom
FOVS Fibre-Optice Vibration Sensing
Experiment
Technical
University of Munich, Germany
ISAAC Infrared Spectroscopy to Analyse the middle Atmosphere Composition KTH
Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
REXUS 16

Module

Experiment

team

HORACE HORizon ACquisition Experiment) Julius-Maximillians-University
of Würzburg, Germany
MOXA Measurements of Ozone and oxygen in upper Atmosphere Technical
University of Dresden, Germany
CWIS Chemical Waves in Soret Effect University of Naples Federico II, Italy & Free University of Brussels, Belgium
LOW-GRAVITY Laser Output Welding in microgravity) Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania &
University of Durham, United Kingdom
 

 Contact persons

Alexander Kinniard, EuroLaunch (SSC), alexander.kinnaird@sscspace.com

Read more

REXUS/BEXUS website 
ESAs website for REXUS and BEXUS  


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