TEXUS 48 RSS

Around six minutes of microgravity

The TEXUS programme started in 1977 and is carried out at Esrange Space Center jointly by DLR, EADS Astrium and SSC.

TEXUS 48 was successfully launched on November 27, 2011 at 09.10 UTC.

Launch of TEXUS 48

 
 Launch 2011-11-27  
   

TEM 06-31 Behavioural observation and calcium biomineralization of fish otoliths in microgravity

The project

The TEXUS project is a sounding rocket program with the primary aim to investigate the properties and behaviour of materials, chemicals and biological substances in a microgravity environment. The TEXUS program gives around six minutes of microgravity.
The TEXUS programme started in 1977 and is carried out at the Esrange Space Center jointly by DLR and EADS Astrium. SSC is responsible for the launch operations. The TEXUS campaigns are sometimes financed by ESA or jointly financed by DLR and ESA.

TEXUS 48

The rocket vehicle Skylark 7 was used very successfully for the first 25 years until the motor was no longer available. The Brazilian motor VSB-30 has been used for the TEXUS programme since 2005 and will be used to launch the TEXUS 48 payload to around 270 km altitude. 

General information

Launch site Esrange Space Center
Launch date Launched 27 November 2011, 09.10 UTC

Technical information

Rocket type VSB 30 rocket
Nominal diameter 557 mm
Total weight 1265 kg
Apogee ~268 km

Experiment modules

Module  Experiment Title Experimenter  Remark
TEM LH2 PMD Validation of the LH2 PMD concept in the frame of the CUST project Dr. P. Behruzi, Astrium New development
TEM LOX PMD Validation of the LOX PMD concept in the frame of the CUST project Dr. P. Behruzi, Astrium New development 
TEM 06-31 Behavioural observation and calcium biomineralization of fish otoliths in microgravity Prof. R. Hilbig, Universität Hohenheim Adaption from TEXUS 45

Contact persons

Mr. Mikael Töyrä, Project manager, SSC
Mr. Andreas Schütte, Project manager, EADS-Space Transportation
Dr. Otfried Joop, Project Manager, DLR


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