REXUS 17/18

December 22, 2014
REXUS 17/18

The REXUS/BEXUS programme is realized 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). General information.

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 ESA, SSC, and DLR provide technical support to the student teams throughout the project.

REXUS and BEXUS are launched from SSC, Esrange Space Center in northern Sweden.


Launch site Esrange Space Center
Launch date REXUS 17 launched on March 17 at 09.15 UTC
Customer Student programme

Technical information


Rocket type Improved Orion rocket
Nominal diameter 356 mm
Total weight TBD
Burning time 1st stage 26 s
Max acceleration 21 g
Apogee ~81,5 km
Flight time to apogee ~152s

Experiment modules:






RED-REM The experiment aims to design and develop a GM counter system for sounding rockets and to quantify the cosmic radiation up to the maximum altitude of the REXUS rocket. Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
SCRAP Scattering of Radar waves on Aerosols in Plasmas KTH
Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
WUSAT-SOLSPEC Cubesat-based transit spectroscopy – Measuring the Sun’s spectrum at different atmospheric path lengths as an analogy to the study of exoplanet atmospheres University of Warwick, United Kingdom




ACTOR The objective is to test the isolating capability of cellulose aerogels under the conditions of space by measuring the heat flow during the flight with alternating pressure and temperature RWTH Aachen, Germany
LICOD Light-induced compression of dust clouds University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
PHOS Pulsating Heat pipe Only for Space University of Pisa, Italy
SMARD Shape Memory Alloy Reusable Deployment Mechanism Technical University of München, Germany

Contact persons

Alexander Kinniard, EuroLaunch (SSC),

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