Today SSC welcomes teams from across Europe to the REXUS 15 and 16 launch campaign at Esrange Space Center.
This week will be a week of preparations and testing before the launches which are scheduled next Tuesday and Wednesday (weather permitting).
REXUS 15 will deploy six Free Flying Units from experiments ISAAC (KTH, Sweden), StrathSAT-R (Strathclyde University, UK) and MEDUSA (University of Rostock, Germany) to test technologies and perform measurements. REXUS 15 will also host a Fibre Optic Sensing experiment, FOVs (Technical University of Munich).
REXUS 16 will host experiments from Belgium/Italy (CWIS, University of Naples II and free University of Brussels ), Romania (Low-Gravity, University of Bucharest), and Germany (MOXA, Technical University of Dresden and HORACE, Julius-Maximillians-University of Würzburg). Between them these experiments will perform a host of technology demonstrating and scientific experiments.
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).
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/rexus-3