May 13, 2011

Half of the payload is reserved for German students, while the Swedish half has been made available to students from other European countries through a collaboration with ESA Education. REXUS is considered as an annual sounding rocket program, launched from Esrange Space Center, Sweden.


General information


Launch site Esrange Space Center
Launch date February 22, 2011 at 12:56UT (13:56 local time)
Customer Student programme

Technical information


Rocket type Improved Orion rocket
Nominal diameter 356 mm
Total weight 542 kg
Burning time 1st stage 26 s
Max acceleration 21 g
Apogee ~80,6 km
Flight time to apogee ~125 s

Experiment modules


DLR sponsored experiments:
– REMOS (University of Stuttgart, Germany): REcession MOnitoring System.
– EXPLORE (University of Stuttgart, Germany): EXPeriment for Liquid On-orbit Refueling.
ESA/SNSB sponsored experiments:
– SPONGE (University of Padova & University of Padua, Italy): Sounding rocket Propellant OrieNtation microGravity Experiment – determining the propellant retention capabilities of the sponges used in rocket tanks.
– Telescobe (Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland): Demonstration of a new telescopic boom system.

Contact persons


Olle Persson, EuroLaunch (SSC),
Andreas Stamminger, EuroLaunch (DLR),

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