The Rexus/Bexus-Program

The REXUS/BEXUS programme allows students from universities and higher education colleges across Europe to carry out scientific and technological experiments on research rockets and balloons. Each year, two rockets and two balloons are launched, carrying up to 20 experiments designed and built by student teams.

The REXUS/BEXUS programme is realised under a bilateral Agency Agreement between the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Swedish National Space Agency (SNSA). The Swedish share of the payload has been made available to students from other European countries through the collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA).

Experts from DLR, SSC, ZARM and ESA provide technical support to the student teams throughout the project. EuroLaunch, the 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.

 

For further information visit:

www.rexusbexus.net
www.dlr.de/rexusbexus
www.esa.int/rexusbexus

If you want to be part of this great adventure, the call-for-applications for the Cycle 13 is now OPEN!
See rexusbexus.net

To the Stratosphere

BEXUS

Credit: ESA / J. Makinen

Balloon EXperiments for University Students

With BEXUS, student teams from all over Europe are given the opportunity to conduct experiments in the upper atmosphere. The tests are installed in a medium-sized gondola, which will be transported with a sounding balloon to an altitude between 25 and 33 km. This gives teams an experiment time of between one and five hours, depending on wind direction and speed.

BEXUS thus allows experiments in extreme conditions such as thin atmosphere and very low temperatures, which has been used in the past in research areas such as astrophysics, biology, atmospheric research or radiation physics.

Each year, two BEXUS balloons are launched from the SSC Esrange Space Center in northern Sweden.

 

For further information see: rexusbexus.net/bexus/

Cycle 12 of the Rexus / Bexus program involves the following teams:

Bexus 28

 

BX28 – OOXYGEN (Organic Oxygen sensor reference experiment)

Technische Universität Dresden, GERMANY

Website: www.star-dresden.de

Launch Date: TBD 2019

BX28 – GAMMA VOLANTIS (Nafion ozone sensor field test)

Technische Universität Dresden, GERMANY

Website: www.star-dresden.de

Launch Date: TBD 2019

BX28 – IRISC (Infrared imaging of astronomical targets with a stabilized camera)

Luleå University of Technology, SWEDEN

Launch Date: TBD 2019

BX28 – DESTINY (Detection of earthquakes through a stratospheric Infrasound study)

École Polytechnique, FRANCE

Website: www.destiny.binets.fr

Launch Date: TBD 2019

 

Bexus 29

 

BX29 – IROCS (Influence of radiation on charged spheres)

University of Duisburg-Essen, GERMANY

Launch Date: TBD 2019

BX29 – TARDIS (Tracking and attitude radio-based determination in stratosphere)

Sapienza University of Rome, ITALY

Website: www.tardis.s5lab.space

Launch Date: TBD 2019

BX29 – R2C2 (Radar recognition of chaff clouds in the stratosphere)

Luleå University of Technology, SWEDEN

Launch Date: TBD 2019

BX29 – TANOS (Thermal atmospheric neutron observation system)

Kiel University, GERMANY

Launch Date: TBD 2019

BX29 – SHADE (SDR helix antenna deployment experiment)

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GREECE

Launch Date: TBD 2019

To the Edge of Space

REXUS

Credit: ESA / J. Makinen

Rocket EXperiments for University Students

REXUS enables student teams from all over Europe to conduct experiments under space conditions such as vacuum and weightlessness. With a sounding rocket of 5.6 m in length, the tests are placed on a parabolic flightpath with a maximum altitude of 73 to 93 km, which gives the teams an experiment time of about 3 minutes. After the flight, the experiments are retrieved for data analysis.

Each year, two REXUS rockets are launched from the SSC Esrange Space Center in northern Sweden.

 

For further information see: rexusbexus.net/rexus/

Cycle 12 of the Rexus / Bexus program involves the following teams:

Rexus 27

RX27 – BLACKBOX II (Locatable crash safety data storage device for sounding rockets)

University of Applied Science Bremen, GERMANY

Launch Date: March 2020

RX27 – HADES (Hayabusa-capsule active dynamic re-entry stabilisation)

University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO), SWITZERLAND

Launch Date: March 2020

RX27 – AIMIS (Additive manufacturing in space)

University of applied Science Munich. GERMANY

Launch Date: March 2020

RX27 – FLORENCE (Flow boiling regime in microgravity conditions experiment)

KU Leuven University, BELGIUM

Website: www.mech.kuleuven.be/en/florence-rexus

Launch Date: March 2020

Rexus 28

RX28 – SPEAR (Supersonic parachute experiment aboard REXUS)

Delft University of Technology, THE NETHERLANDS

Launch Date: March 2020

RX28 – TUPEX-7 (TU Berlin Picosatellite Experiment-7)

Technische Universität Berlin, GERMANY

Launch Date: March 2020

RX28 – ROACH-2 (Robotic in-orbit analysis of cover hulls 2)

University of Stuttgart, GERMANY

Website: www.ksat-stuttgart.de/roach-2

Launch Date: March 2020

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