The first MASER rocket was launched in March 1987. It is a complete, cost-effective concept for short duration microgravity research with international user participation. An experienced project team runs MASER and offers experiment modules, subsystems and frequent flight opportunities.

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Interview with Christer Fuglesang at Rymdkanalen (in Swedish)

General information

Launch siteEsrange Space Center
Launch dateFirst hot count down 13 February 2012
Prime contractorSSC

Technical information

Rocket typeVSB 30 rocket
Nominal diameter17 inches
Mass390 kg
Apogee250 km
Microgravity>6 min

Experiment modules

Biomics-2Prime contractor: SSC
Sub contractor: Lambda-X
PI: Podgorski et al.
XRMON-GFPrime contractor: SSC
PI: Nguyen-Thi et al.
SOURCE-2Prime contractor: SSC
Sub contractor: DTM Technologies
PI: Colin et al.


Prime contractor: SSC
Sub contractor: CCM and Dutch Space

PI: Peppelenbosch et al.
PI: Cogoli et al.

(MASER service module)
Developed by: SSC and DLR
Sub contractor: Techno System
Recovery SystemDeveloped by: DLR and Kayser-Threde