The TEXUS project is a sounding rocket program with the primary aim to investigate the properties and behavior 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 and SSC. SSC is responsible for the launch operations.
The TEXUS campaigns are sometimes financed by ESA or jointly financed by DLR and ESA.
Launch site: Esrange Space Center
Launched November 15, 2019 at 09:35 UTC
Rocket type: VSB30
Nominal diameter: 557 mm
Apogee: ~256 km
Image on left: TEXUS 53 was launched on January 23, 2016 from Esrange Space Center.
Mr. Antonio Verga, ESA Project Manager
Dr. Otfried Joop, DLR Project Manager - InSituKris
Mr. Detlef Wilde, Airbus Defence and Space Project Manager
Mr. David Hagsved, SSC Esrange Campaign Manager
Mr. Alexander Kallenbach, DLR Campaign Manager
Mr. Horst Pfeuffer, OHB Payload Integration Manager
Mrs. Ellen De Cock, ICAPS Project Manager