Successful launch of REXUS 9 RSS

22 Feb 2011

Today at 12:50 utc the student rocket REXUS 9 took aloft from Esrange Space Center, Kiruna.

The rocket, with its four experiments, reached an altitude of 80.6 km and landed after 11 minutes flight 40 km north of Esrange. The recovery is ongoing and the payload will be back at the base for analysis within an hour.

The four experiments on board were testing new technical systems developed and built by students from universities all over Europe.

"The past week has been extremely intensive and very interesting, says Robert Wuseni from the REMOS team. From the data we received during the flight, it seems that our experiment behaved as predicted. This past year has been fantastic and will mean a lot for our coming careers", Mr. Wuseni wraps up.

REXUS 10 planned to be launched on Wednesday 23 February
The next student rocket, REXUS 10, is planned to be launched tomorrow at 10:00 local time. On board there are four additional experiments. One of the student teams involved is Swedish and they study at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

"To be part of a space project already during the student phase is invaluable", says Gustav Casselbrant, one of the students from the SQUID team. "We have learned how a real space project is driven from start to finish and in addition we have built up an international network of fellow students from all over Europe", Mr. Casselbrant concludes.

For further information please contact
Mr. Olle Persson, SSC REXUS project manager, Esrange Space Center
Swedish Space Corporation
Phone: +46 980 72205 or +46 702 972 205


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