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German Student Experimental Rockets

The STERN (STudentische Experimental-RaketeN) program of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR) is a space-related project carried out and documented by students of different universities in Germany. The complete documentation of the project named Leonis is provided within the STERN Project Documentation (SPD) and shall serve as an invaluable reference document not only for all current and future participants in this project but also for external experts evaluating the development, e.g. during project reviews. The program is financed by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi).

A programme for students with the aim to develop, build and launch their own rockets.The rockets should have a small telemetry payload to transmit key trajectory data back to Earth during flight and provide information to the students including the rocket's altitude and speed. The rockets may be propelled by a solid-fuel, hybrid or steam motor. In order to teach the students engineering and science, and to put their technical knowledge to the test as early as possible in their studies, there are no height restrictions on the rocket. The Student teams have three years time to develop their rocket that flies higher than 5km (16400ft) and get the opportunity to launch their rocket from (SSC) Esrange, Sweden

General Information:
Launch site Esrange Space Center
Launch date First hot CD April 8, 2016
Customer Student programme

In October 2015 the first three university teams got their flight opportunity; DLR released a report and TU Berlin launched two times the upper-stages of their DeCan (Deuche Cansat Hohenrakete | German Cansat Soundingrocket). Both rockets flew successfully to an altitude slightly higher than 5km.
ERIG from TU Braunschweig launched there hybrid engine powered Faust. Also this launch was successful. 
HyEnD from TU Studtgart launched there HEROS rocket, a 10kN (2248lbs) N2O-Paraffin hybrid rocket that should have reached 20km (65600ft). Unfortunately their engine suffered a failure. In April the second flight opportunity takes place, this time two teams will get a flight opportunity.

Experiment modules: TBD




AQUASONIC  hybrid propulsion system based on the propellant combination Nitrous Oxide and Polyethylene

Hochschule Bremen

ZEpHyR  hybrid powered sounding rocket envisioned to reach an altitude of maximum 20km Universität

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