MAXUS 9 RSS

Microgravity for up to 14 minutes

The MAXUS programme is a joint venture between SSC and Airbus DS, principle customer is ESA. It provides an efficient and reliable access to high quality microgravity. MAXUS 9 is scheduled for launch from Esrange Space Center in early April 2017.

MAXUS IS EUROPE'S LARGEST SOUNDING ROCKET

The MAXUS sounding rocket programme was funded by Airbus DS and SSC in 1990 as an industrial joint venture.
ESA has been the single user of the programme since the very beginning, financed through the European Programme for Life and Physical Science in Space (ELIPS).

MAXUS carries 4-5 Scientific experiment modules of a total mass of up to 575 kg. The experiment modules are developed by SSC and Airbus DS under ESA contract.

MAXUS 9 is launched from SSC’s launch facility Esrange Space Center outside Kiruna. This is the tenth MAXUS mission launched from Esrange Space Center.

THE PROJECT

MAXUS 9 project was started in 2013.

THE MISSION

General information

Launch site

Esrange Space Center

Launch date

Scheduled for 6 April 2017

Customer

ESA

Launch contractor

Airbus DS GmbH and SSC

Technical information

Rocket motor

Castor IVB

Launcher

MAXUS mobile tower

Motor lenght

9 m

Motor launch weight

10 tonnes

Burning time

65 s

Apogee

700 km

Microgravity

12 min

Maximum speed 

3,3 km/s

Maximum acceleration

130 m/s (13 G)

Payload lenght

6,5 m

Payload mass 

849 kg

Scientific payload mass

579 kg

Scientific payload  

Experiment module

Experiment name, description and investigator

Mass, length

Comments

PERWAVES

Percolating Reactive Waves in Particulate Suspensions
Higgins, A.J
McGill University of Montreal

142,4 kg, 108 cm

 

EUGRAPHO

Determination of gravitactic threshold in Euglena gracilis after previous microgravity phases and An assay to determine the role of cAMP in phototaxis and gravitaxis of Euglena gracilis.
Lebert, M
University of Erlang

149,6 kg, 90 cm

 

XRMON-Diff

In-situ X-ray monitoring of advances matellurgical processes under microgravity and terrestrial conditions
Florian Kargl
DLR Cologne

106,6 kg, 65 cm

Re-flight from MAXUS 8 with modified experiment 

GRADECET

Gravity Dependence of CET in Peritetic TiAl Alloys
Hecht, U
ACCESS e.V. Aachen

165,1 kg, 92 cm

Re-flight from MAXUS 8

SUPERMAX 

SUpersonic Parachute Experiment Ride on MAXUS
Longo J and Ferracina L.
ESA ESTEC

143,8kg, 20 cm 

Additional passenger, released from the payload prior to microgravity conditions

 

THE PAYLOAD

The payload consists of the five experiment modules and the service systems.

Ritning genomskärning

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Contact persons:

Gunnar Florin, Project Manager (SSC)
gunnar.florin@sscspace.com


Mark Smith, Project Manager for the preparatory work of the ground support facilies at ESC (SSC)
mark.smith@sscspace.com


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