Rocket-borne EXperiments for University Students

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.
REXUS 11 launched 16 November 10.45 UTC
(11.45 Swedish time)
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View the recorded launch
 (launch at 03:03)

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

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

REXUS and BEXUS are launched from SSC, Esrange Space Center in northern Sweden.

Launch site Esrange Space Center
Launch date November 16, 2012
Customer Student programme

Technical information

Rocket type Improved Orion rocket
Nominal diameter 356 mm
Total weight 541,40 kg
Burning time 1st stage 26 s
Max acceleration 21 g
Apogee ~81,5 km
Flight time to apogee ~152s

Experiment modules

  • GGES (Gravity Gradient Earth Sensor)
    EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • CaRu (Experiment on Capillarity under microgravity shown with Runge pictures)
    TU Dresden, Germany
  • RAIN (Rocket-deployed Atmospheric probes conducting Independent measurements in Northern Sweden)
    KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
  • ADIOS (Advanced Isolation on Sounding Rockets)
    FH Aachen, Germany
  • Telescobe (Novel telescopic boom demonstration)
    Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Ireland

Contact persons

Mikael Inga, EuroLaunch (SSC),

Read more

REXUS/BEXUS website 
ESAs website for REXUS and BEXUS  

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