Successful launch of REXUS 17 RSS

17 Mar 2015

On 17 March 2015, REXUS 17 was launched from Esrange Space Center, Kiruna.

REXUS 17, with it's three experiments, was launched from Esrange Space Center on March 17 2015, at 09:15 UTC.

It reached an altitude of approx. 88 kilometers and landed after approx. 14 minutes of flight 30 km north of Esrange Space Center.

The experiments on board were testing new technical systems developed and built by students from universities all over Europe. 

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. 

Launch of Rexus 17
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