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
|Launch site||Esrange Space Center|
|Launch date||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
Student rocket SERA-4 successfully launched
The SERA-4 launch campaign is hosted by the French Space Agency CNES and is part of the Perseus project. SERA-4 is the last one to be launched in the student rocket development project. Technically it is a smaller rocket, using[...]
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[...]
REXUS 29 and 30 to be launched from Esrange
On 29 March, a first attempt will be made to launch REXUS 30 from Esrange Space Center. Shortly thereafter the second rocket within the campaign, REXUS 29, will be launched from the base. REXUS REXUS/BEXUS (Rocket/Balloon Experiments for University Students)[...]
Aurora rocket BROR launched from Esrange
At 7.23 pm (CET) on 23 March, the sounding rocket BROR was launched from Esrange Space Center to an altitude of 240 km where it created a spectacular auroral light show on the evening sky. The research will deepen our[...]
On a mission to create colorful clouds for aurora studies
SSC and a group of auroral scientists from the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) will launch a sounding rocket from Esrange to create colorful clouds for aurora studies. On 12 March a first attempt will be made to launch[...]