The fourth flight

MAPHEUS – Materialphysikalische Experimente unter Schwerelosigkeit, Material Physics under Microgravity Conditions


is a DLR research rocket programme conducting annual launches of scientific payloads dedicated to material studies. Experiments on MAPHEUS cover a wide range of material physics topics such as gelation, the behaviour of granulates, diffusion and the mixing and demixing of metallic alloys. Propelled by a S30 motor, MAPHEUS typically offers more than three minutes of microgravity time at 10-4g.

General information

Launch site Esrange Space Center
Launch date Launched 15 July, 2013

Technical information

Rocket type Brazilian S 30 motor
Nominal diameter 356 mm
Total weight  329,6 kg
Apogee ~162.9 km
Microgravity time ~180 s
Length 4508 mm 
Burn- out S30 ~30 s
 Yo-yo despin  ~57 s
Max acceleration   ~5,4 g
Flight time to apogee  ~199 s

Experiment modules




PI: Dr. Florian Kargl, DLR MP,
Köln, Germany


DLR MP Materials Physics in Space,
Köln, Germany


PI: Dr. Matthias Sperl, DLR MP,
Köln, Germany

Recovery System                     

Developed by: DLR MORABA

Contact persons

Mr. Mikael Viertotak, SSC,
Mr. Martin Siegl, DLR,

Read more: DLR site for MAPHEUS

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