Last week, on 3-7 March 2014, SSC welcomed over 80 students from around Europe to Esrange Space Center to participate in the REXUS/BEXUS programme’s ‘Student Training Week’.
The REXUS/BEXUS programme (Rocket and Balloon Experiments for University Students) offers opportunities for student experiments to be flown on sounding rockets and stratospheric balloons. Each year, two rockets and two balloons are launched, carrying up to 20 experiments designed and built by student teams. The programme is targeted at student teams from universities and higher education colleges across Europe.
The training week offered the six REXUS and nine BEXUS teams the chance to have their preliminary design reviewed by a panel of experts from DLR Space Administration, DLR MORABA, ESA, SSC, and ZARM, as well as attend training courses from industry experts in fields as varied as mechanics and electronics to outreach and project management.
Student’s also had the chance to take a tour of the Esrange Space Center facilities and see first-hand where they will be launching their experiments from in October 2014 (BEXUS) and March 2015 (REXUS). On top of a packed schedule of training sessions and design reviews students were also offered exciting evening social events and guest lectures.
The teams will now take their new found knowledge and improve their design until their Critical Design Reviews later this year. Throughout the programme the students further develop all the necessary skills in design, testing, implementation/manufacture, operation and data analysis to allow them to become new enthusiastic engineers and scientists of the future.
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).
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 DLR, SSC, ZARM and ESA provide technical support to the student teams throughout the project.
Read more about the student programme here.