The TEXUS project is a sounding rocket program with the primary aim to investigate the properties and behavior of materials, chemicals and biological substances in a microgravity environment. The TEXUS program gives around six minutes of microgravity.
The TEXUS programme started in 1977 and is carried out at Esrange Space Center jointly by DLR, Airbus Defence & Space, OBH-System (former EADS Astrium and Kayser Threde) and SSC. SSC is responsible for the launch operations.
The TEXUS campaigns are sometimes financed by ESA or jointly financed by DLR and ESA.
Launch site: Esrange Space Center
TEXUS 54 launched in May 13, 2018
TEXUS 55 launched in May 31, 2018
Rocket type: S31 + S30
Nominal diameter: 557 mm
Apogee: ~261 km
Image on left: TEXUS 53 was launched on January 23, 2016 from Esrange Space Center.
Dr. Mark Smith, Project manager, SSC
Mr. Andreas Schütte, Project manager, Airbus DS
Dr. Otfried Joop, Project Manager, DLR
Mr. Wolfgang Jung, Campaign manager, DLR
Mr. Horst Pfeuffer, KT payload integration manager, OHB System