SOUNDING ROCKETS

SSC designs sounding rocket vehicles and provides excellent launching possibilities. We have designed more than sixty sounding rocket vehicles since the early 1970’s and provide services to scientists and space organizations worldwide.

Development and design

We analyze the trajectory, calculate the loads on the vehicle and its stability. We also design some structural parts of the vehicle, like interstage adapters and nose cones.

We build service modules with telemetry, telecommand and support devices for science experiments.

We offer a high-speed data-link, specially designed for transferring data across long distance for high altitude balloons and a new system for measuring of winds before rocket launches.

Excellent launching facilities

We provide launch services for most types of sounding rockets and stratospheric balloons from Esrange Space Center. We at SSC can offer you advantages that are hard to beat

MASER

MASER is a sounding rocket program for research in high-quality microgravity conditions, developed and managed by SSC. The launches take place at Esrange Space Center, with landing on the solid ground in the unique vast impact area. The first MASER rocket was launched in March 1987. MASER is a complete, cost-effective and accessible concept for short duration microgravity with international user participation. An experienced project team runs MASER and offers experiment modules, subsystems, and frequent flight opportunities. 

The experiments

MASER has a total capacity of 300 kg experiment mass. Each experiment/payload module normally weighs between 40 and 75 kg. The scientific/experiment payload generally consists of 4-5 modules with independent experiments. There is also a possibility for a small experiment to be hosted with other experiments in a "shared" module. 

Customers of all disciplines are welcome to fly their own ready-made experiment modules on MASER on a ride-shared flight or to access the full payload as a single user. Alternatively, SSC can accommodate the experiment in a standard module, providing necessary functions to the experiment, such as power and systems for data acquisition. Customized hardware and services can be provided as well.

For all flights, experimenters have access to the payload up to as late as one hour before lif-off, for late installation of precious experiment samples.

Research in microgravity

Using unmanned high-altitude rockets, scientists can perform research in near-weightlessness, so-called microgravity. Gravity affects many physical, chemical and biological processes on Earth. By reducing the effect of the gravitational pull to only a small fraction of that on Earth, valuable research can be performed in space, often as a compliment to Earth-based research.

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