We are 8 students of the University of Applied Sciences Munich taking part in Cycle 12 of the REXUS/Bexus program.
“Since, in the long run, every planetary civilization will be endangered by impacts from space, every surviving civilization is obliged to become spacefaring — not because of exploratory or romantic zeal, but for the most practical reason imaginable: staying alive…
If our long-term survival is at stake, we have a basic responsibility to our species to venture to other worlds.”
― Carl Sagan
Who we are
We are a student team of the University of Applied Sciences Munich. Our currently seven members are enrolled in the bachelor and master courses Aerospace Engineering of the university and share the development tasks of AIMIS. This is the first time that Hochschule München has participated in the REXUS/BEXUS program.
We will fly a technology demonstration for additive manufacturing into space on a REXUS rocket. We want to extrude a photoreactive polymer within the time of flight and cure it under UV light while collecting environmental data and filming the process. And all completely autonomous, in weightlessness and vacuum.
The launch of the REXUS sounding rocket will take place in March 2020 in Kiruna, Sweden, on the SSC ESRANGE site. The launch is observed by participating students and other team members from Radar Hill. From that moment on, our experiment will be on its own, running its program and, hopefully, producing valuable data.
Credit: Swedish Space Corporation (SSC)
How this is possible
The German-Swedish student program REXUS/BEXUS offers students from all over Europe the opportunity to conduct experiments under extreme conditions in the atmosphere. Each year, two sounding rockets and balloons are launched, with experiments on e.g. atmospheric research, magnetic fields or astrophysics on board. The experiments are completely developed by the students themselves.
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