In October, SSC’s Esrange Space Center welcomes teams from across Europe to the participate in the BEXUS 18 and 19 balloon launch campaign. This is the ultimate event for over 60 students who have been working on various scientific and technology demonstrating experiments for over a year.
The coming weekend will be filled with preparations and testing before the campaign starts and the launches, which are scheduled on Wednesday the 8th and Thursday the 9th (weather permitting), will take place.
BEXUS 18 will host six experiments in total: three experiments from Germany, testing radio communications for future planetary rovers (Cougar – University of Wurzburg/Space Masters programme), analysing ADS-B signals from aircraft (ARCA – Ernst-Abbe Hochschule, Jena), and testing charge particle detection instruments (AFIS-P, Technical University of Munich and two experiments from Italy, A5-Unibo (University of Bologna), studying the microphysical processes involved in cloud formation and Polaris (University of Padua) testing a new heat radiator using novel Electro-Activated Polymers.
BEXUS 19 will host two experiments from Spain, performing topography measurements using reflected GPS (TORMES 2.0, Polytechnic University of Barcelona) and testing a combined star tracker/horizon sensors (GranaSAT, University of Granada) as well as two experiments from Germany: TamaOS (TU Dresden) testing atomic oxygen sensors and ADAM (Christian Albrechts University, Kiel), measuring the angular distribution of charged particles.
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 DLR, SSC, ZARM and ESA provide technical support to the student teams throughout the project.
More information on the programme and the experiments can be found at: http://www.rexusbexus.net/
More information on the launch campaign can be found at: http://www.sscspace.com/bexus-18_19
Launch of BEXUS 16, October 8, 2013