TEXUS 53 RSS

Around six minutes of microgravity

The TEXUS programme started in 1977 and is carried out at Esrange Space Center jointly by DLR, Airbus Defence&Space, OBH-System (former EADS Astrium and Kayser Threde) and SSC.

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 Esrange Space Center jointly by DLR, Airbus Defence&Space, OBH-System (former EADS Astrium and Kayser Threde) and SSC. SSC is responsible for the launch operations. The TEXUS campaigns are sometimes financed by ESA or jointly financed by DLR and ESA.

General Information

Launch site Esrange Space Center
Launch date Launched on January 23, 2016

Technical information

Rocket type VSB 30 rocket
Nominal diameter 557 mm
 Total Length TEXUS 53 7403 mm
Total weight TEXUS 53 2274 kg
Apogee ~261 km

 

 

 

 

 

 




Experiment modules
TEXUS 53 Payload

Experiment Module Experiment title Experimenter   Remarks

TEM 06-36

FOKUS
Faserlaser-basierter optischer
Kammgenerator unter Schwerelo-sigkeit

Fiber laser based optical frequency comb under microgravity


R. Holzwarth
MPQ München

Re-flight from TEXUS 51
with modification

KALEXUS provides opti-cal frequency reference,, stabilised to the potassi-um D2 transition

Total Length TEXUS 53

KALEXUS
Kalium Laser Experimente unter Schwerelosigkeit

Potassium laserexperiments in microgravity


A. Peters, HU Berlin

New experiment provided
by HU Berlin

TEM 06-33

HAMPP

Fluoreszenz-basierte Analyse von Signalmolekülen der pflanzlichen Schwerkraftwahrnehmung

Fluorescence-based analysis of plant signaling chains involved in resposes to altered gravitation


R. Hampp, Universität Tübingen 

Based on TEM 06-33
from TEXUS 50
with major
modifications 

TEM 02-3

ELLI
Bestimmung der kritischen
Einfangsgeschwindigkeit von Partikeln bei der gerichteten Ersatrrung von Solarsilizium im Weltall (ParSiWal-2)

Determination of the critical capture velocity of particles during direc-tional solidification.

   




 

 

 

 

 

Contact persons

Mr. Mikael Töyrä, Project manager, SSC
Mr. Andreas Schütte, Project manager, Airbus DS
Dr. Otfried Joop, Project Manager, DLR
Mr. Peter Turner, Campaign manager, DLR
Mr. Horst Pfeuffer, KT payload integration manager, OHB System






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