MAPHEUS, a recurring campaign at Esrange Space Center outside Kiruna, has launched its 12th rocket.
MAPHEUS 12 was launched successfully from Esrange with a payload consisting of five different biological, physics, and medical experiments on October 21, 09:25 CET. The German rocket program is performed by DLR MORABA under the supervision of the Institute of Materials Physics in Space. The name MAPHEUS stands for “Materialphysikalische Experimente unter Schwerelosigkeit” (material physics experiments at zero gravity).
The rocket reached an altitude of 258,2 km and stayed in microgravity for almost six minutes. MAPHEUS rocket program is dating back to 2009 and the team is expected to launch another rocket next year.
“The rocket was launched under perfect conditions, and it surely gave delivery for the scientists. Some of the experiments gave even more samples than expected!”, says Lena Gälldin, Campaign Manager at Esrange.
The experiments onboard included: