The MAXUS sounding rocket programme was funded by Airbus DS and SSC in 1990 as an industrial joint venture.
ESA has been the single user of the programme since the very beginning, financed through the European Programme for Life and Physical Science in Space (ELIPS).
MAXUS carries 4-5 Scientific experiment modules of a total mass of up to 575 kg. The experiment modules are developed by SSC and Airbus DS under ESA contract.
MAXUS 9 is launched from SSC’s launch facility Esrange Space Center outside Kiruna. This is the tenth MAXUS mission launched from Esrange Space Center.
MAXUS 9 project was started in 2013.
MAXUS 9 was successfully launched at 09:30 UTC on April 7.
|Launch site||Esrange Space Center|
|Launch date||launched on April 7, 2017|
|Launch contractor||Airbus DS GmbH and SSC|
|Rocket motor||Castor IVB|
|Launcher||MAXUS mobile tower|
|Motor length||9 m|
|Motor launch weight||10 tonnes|
|Burning time||65 s|
|Maximum speed||3,3 km/s|
|Maximum acceleration||130 m/s2 (13 G)|
|Payload length||6,5 m|
|Payload mass||849 kg|
|Scientific payload mass||579 kg|
|Experiment module||Experiment name, description, and investigator||Mass, length||Comments|
|PERWAVES||Percolating Reactive Waves in Particulate Suspensions|
McGill University of Montreal
|142,4 kg, 108 cm|
|EUGRAPHO||Determination of gravitactic threshold in Euglena gracilis after previous microgravity phases and An assay to determine the role of cAMP in phototaxis and gravitaxis of Euglena gracilis.|
University of Erlang
|149,6 kg, 90 cm|
|XRMON-Diff||In-situ X-ray monitoring of advances metallurgical processes under microgravity and terrestrial conditions|
|106,6 kg, 65 cm||Re-flight from MAXUS 8 with a modified experiment|
|GRADECET||Gravity Dependence of CET in Peritetic TiAl Alloys|
ACCESS e.V. Aachen
|165,1 kg, 92 cm||Re-flight from MAXUS 8|
|SUPERMAX||Supersonic Parachute Experiment Ride on MAXUS|
Longo J and Ferracina L.
|143,8kg, 20 cm||Additional passenger, released from the payload prior to microgravity conditions|
The payload consists of the five experiment modules and the service systems.
Gunnar Florin, Project Manager (SSC)
Mark Smith, Project Manager for the preparatory work of the ground support facilities at ESC (SSC)