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. .

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.

REXUS 14 was successfully launched from Esrange Space Center on May 7 at 04:00 UTC.
The rocket reached an altitude of 81, 5 km and landed approximately 40 km north of Esrange.

Launch site Esrange Space Center
Launch date REXUS  May, 2013
Customer Student programme

Technical information

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

Experiment modules


CApillarity-based Experiment for Spatial Advanced Research

HES-SO Geneva, Switzerland


Cutting-Edge Rocket Environment Sensor Suite, a standard infrastructure for REXUS projects

Technical University of Munich, Germany

EDoD Spacesailors

Experimental Deployment of a Dragsail

RWTH Aachen, Germany


Measurement of the variation in electric conductivity with altitude 

Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary


MUltiple Spheres for Characterisation of Atmospheric Temperature 

KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm, Sweden


POLar test of the Conceptual And Tiny Spectrometer 

University College London, United Kingdom


Investigation into the use of two Cubesat-based deployable inflatable structures, including: a solar sail and a dynamic structure that adapts to varying conditions 

University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom


SOLdering Alloys in Reduced Gravity 

Luleå University of Technology, Sweden 

Contact persons

Mikael Inga, EuroLaunch (SSC),

Read more

REXUS/BEXUS website 
ESAs website for REXUS and BEXUS  

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