A programme for students with the aim to develop, build and launch their own rockets.The rockets should have a small telemetry payload to transmit key trajectory data back to Earth during flight and provide information to the students including the rocket’s altitude and speed. The rockets may be propelled by a solid-fuel, hybrid or steam motor. In order to teach the students engineering and science, and to put their technical knowledge to the test as early as possible in their studies, there are no height restrictions on the rocket. The Student teams have three years time to develop their rocket that flies higher than 5km (16400ft) and get the opportunity to launch their rocket from (SSC) Esrange, Sweden
Completed, Rocket Missions
|Esrange Space Center
|First hot CD April 8, 2016
In October 2015 the first three university teams got their flight opportunity; DLR released a report and TU Berlin launched two times the upper-stages of their DeCan (Deuche Cansat Hohenrakete | German Cansat Soundingrocket). Both rockets flew successfully to an altitude slightly higher than 5km.
ERIG from TU Braunschweig launched there hybrid engine powered Faust. Also this launch was successful.
HyEnD from TU Studtgart launched there HEROS rocket, a 10kN (2248lbs) N2O-Paraffin hybrid rocket that should have reached 20km (65600ft). Unfortunately their engine suffered a failure. In April the second flight opportunity takes place, this time two teams will get a flight opportunity.
Experiment modules: TBD
DLR MORABA STERN Project manager: Katharina Schüttauf
SSC Esrange Project Manager: Maria Holmström
Space research towards efficient solar cells
At 15:42 on the 15th of February 2024 the TEXUS 59 rocket was successfully launched from Esrange Space Center. Onboard were three experiments conducting material science and biology studies in microgravity....
First launch from new launch complex
Suborbital rocket type DART, the first to be launched from the new Launch Complex 3, LC-3 at Esrange....
The universe’s coldest particles are produced on a rocket from Esrange
Ever heard of Einstein’s theory of relativity? At 08:30 LT on December 2, 2023, the MAIUS-2 rocket was launched from the Esrange Space Center outside Kiruna. On board are research experiments that study extremely cold particles, in fact the coldest ...
The XRISM mission – SSC supporting NASA in Unveiling Cosmic Mysteries
On September 6, 2023, the XRISM spacecraft was successfully launched onboard a H-IIA vehicle from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan. During the mission, SSC served as Peraton’s commercial ground station partner, supporting the mission throughout the satellite’s Launch and ...
Successful launch of the HIFLIER rocket
On Tuesday the 10th of October at 10.00 CEST the HIFLIER rocket was successfully launched from Esrange Space Center....
Successful launch for microgravity research rocket
On Monday 22 May at 07:00, the MAPHEUS-13 rocket was successfully launched from the Esrange Space Center outside Kiruna. The launch as well as the four experiments on board could be carried out as planned....
Research rocket landed in Norway – now back at Esrange
April 24, at 7:20 am local time, a microgravity research rocket was launched from Esrange Space Center. The rocket took a slightly longer and more westerly trajectory than expected and landed after completed flight 15 kilometers into Norway. The payload ...
Science rocket landed in Norway
Monday morning at 7:20 am local time, a microgravity research rocket was launched from Esrange Space Center in Sweden. The rocket took a slightly longer and more westerly trajectory than calculated and landed after a completed flight 15 kilometers into ...
New altitude record for student-built hybrid rocket
At 11:05 CEST on April 18th the first rocket of two in the STERN – HyEnD N2ORTH campaign was successfully launched from Esrange Space Center. The rocket reached an altitude of 64 km which is a new record for student-built ...
REXUS 29/30 completed – second rocket launched from Esrange
At 6:20 am (CET) the sounding rocket REXUS 29 was launched from Esrange Space Center, the second and final rocket of the REXUS 29/30 campaign. The first rocket, REXUS 30, was launched three days earlier. The two rockets had a ...
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