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REXUS/BEXUS programme

The REXUS projects within the REXUS/BEXUS programme allow students from universities and higher education colleges across Europe to carry out scientific and technological experiments on sounding rockets. Each year, two rockets are launched, carrying up to 10 experiments designed and built by student teams.

The basic idea behind REXUS is to provide an experimental space platform for students in the field of aerospace technology. “Besides additional study motivation, the students also gain experience in scientific experimental probe design, project team work and management which are important knowledge for their future careers”

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 the collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA).

Experts from DLR, SSC, ZARM and ESA provide technical support to the student teams throughout the project. EuroLaunch, the 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.


Other REXUS/BEXUS projects



The aim of UB-SPACE (University of Bremen – Image Processing and Determination of relative Satellite Motion) is to provide images and data processed for camera-based autonomous navigation of space vehicles.



The team of DIANE (Dipole Inflatable ANtenna Experiment) is developing a 7 metres long dipole antenna made of textile, which is going to be inflated under space conditions on the REXUS 21 rocket. By recording the inflation process with cameras and performing a shortwave radio transmission, the designs usability will be verified. The aim is to create a powerful but lightweight antenna with a small pack size for future CubeSat missions.



The aim of the DREAM Project (Drilling Experiment for Asteroid Mining) is to investigate the parameters of the drilling process in microgravity and vacuum environment – something that will be a challenge during the future asteroid mining missions.



The SALACIA experiment will provide an opportunity to study the properties of Martian salts prior to the ExoMars 2018 launch. By flying a selection of relevant salts on a REXUS rocket, SALACIA will investigate their behaviour during the flight through different atmospheric layers (up to 90 km height). The main focus of the investigation will be on the absorption of water by the salts, and by camera recording the how they react during the flight.



RaCoS (Rate Control System) is an experiment part of REXUS 22 which will be launched in 2017. The experiment shall reduce and control the angular rate of the REXUS sounding rocket in the roll axis by using a cold gas system. Therefore, a control algorithm shall use the measured angular rates to calculate opening times for valves regulating the gas jets.