TEXUS 54/55

AROUND 6 MINUTES OF MICROGRAVITY

The TEXUS project is a sounding rocket program with the primary aim to investigate the properties and behaviour 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 (former EADS Astrium and Kayser Threde) and SSC. SSC is responsible for the launch operations.

The TEXUS campaigns are sometimes financed by ESA or jointly financed by DLR and ESA.

 

General information

Launch site: Esrange Space Center
Launch date:
TEXUS 54 launched in May 13, 2018
TEXUS 55 launched in May 31, 2018

Technical information:

Rocket type: S31 + S30
Nominal diameter: 557 mm
Apogee: ~261 km


Image on left: TEXUS 53 was launched on January 23, 2016 from Esrange Space Center.

TEXUS 54

Payload

TEM 06/16 FluFix
Fixierung der FLUMIAS Probennt
Dr. F. Kohn, Universität Hohenheim;
Prof. Dr. D. Grimm, Universität Magdeburg;
Prof. Dr. Dr. O. Ullrich, Universität Magdeburg
TEM 06-38 FLUMIAS
Live-Cell-Imaging von zytoskeletalen Veränderungen unter veränderten
Schwerkraftbedingungen mittels Nutzung des CLSM auf TEXUS
Dr. F. Kohn, Universität Hohenheim;
Prof. Dr. D. Grimm, Universität Magdeburg;
Prof. Dr. Dr. O. Ullrich, Universität Magdeburg
TEM 06-41 JOKARUS
Iodine based optical frequency reference under micro gravity
Prof. Dr. A. Peters, HU Berlin
TEM 06-36 FOKUS II
Fiber laser based optical comb generator under micro gravity
Dr. R. Holzwarth, MPQ München
MUSE
Multiple Oberflächen Expositionsplattform
DLR Moraba

TEXUS 55

Payload

TEM 06-37 GENTEX
Fixierung der FLUMIAS ProbeIsolation of mRNA from microgravity and ground control samples to identify gravity related gene expression
Prof. Dr. K. Palme, Universität Freiburg
TEM 02-3 ParSiWal-3
Bestimmung der kritischen Einfanggeschwindigkeit von Partikeln bei der gerichteten Erstarrung von Solarsilizium im Weltall
Dr. J. Friedrich,  Fraunhofer Institut Erlangen
TEM 06-23 TRACE-4
Der Übergang von gerichteter zu ungerichteter Erstarrung in einer transparenten Modell-Legierung
Dr. G. Zimmermann,
Dr. L. Sturz, ACCESS Aachen
TEM 06-39 OASIS-TEX
Capillary instabilities in liquid films and filamentsy
Prof. Dr. R. Stannarius, Universität Magdeburg;
Prof. N. Clark, Prof. J. Maclennan, Prof. M. Glaser, Dr. C. Park,
University of Colorado at Boulder

Contact Persons

Dr. Mark Smith, Project manager, SSC
Mr. Andreas Schütte, Project manager, Airbus DS
Dr. Otfried Joop, Project Manager, DLR
Mr. Wolfgang Jung, Campaign manager, DLR
Mr. Horst Pfeuffer, KT payload integration manager, OHB System 

Want to see what we do?
Check out our services