January 26, 2021


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New call for Rocket & Balloon Experiments for University Students

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Are you a college college student and wanting for an fascinating opportunity to obtain arms-on encounter outside the house of the lecture corridor? Right here is your opportunity to fly your experiment on a sounding rocket or a stratospheric balloon with the REXUS/BEXUS programme!

The Phone for Proposals for 14th cycle of the Swedish-German REXUS/BEXUS programme is now open up right up until the 14th of Oct 2020, 23:59 (CEST).

The REXUS/BEXUS Programme makes it possible for pupils from across ESA member states, Slovenia and Canada to use for a exclusive opportunity to fly their experiment to the edge of area on board a sounding rocket (REXUS) or a stratospheric balloon (BEXUS). Every yr around twenty teams take part in this fascinating programme.

Picked teams will have the opportunity to acquire section in the scientific and specialized journey of producing an experiment, traveling it and analysing their outcomes. By means of this arms-on encounter, contributors will obtain practical expertise on just about every step of the style and design of a area mission, from preliminary style and design by way of to testing and launch. Last but not least, they will be provided the opportunity to show up at an worldwide symposium and current their findings to the scientific neighborhood. Throughout the approach, contributors are supported with training and feed-back by company and field specialists and have the opportunity to collaborate with college student teams from numerous other nations.

The REXUS sounding rocket and the BEXUS stratospheric balloon

Bexus 14

REXUS is a solitary stage rocket propelled by an Enhanced Orion stable motor and can get to an altitude of up to 90 km. The rocket is able to have about 45 kg of payload and delivers around three minutes of lowered gravity flight.

BEXUS is twelve 000 m3 stratospheric balloon able to have a payload of forty-a hundred kg to a floating altitude of twenty-30km. The flight period is normally involving 1 and 5 hrs.

What is the timeline for selection?


Apps are now open until 14 Oct 2020, 23:59 (CEST).

Once the Phone for Proposals is closed, the selection approach is produced of two methods: 

  1. All proposals are reviewed for a  preliminary selection and the shortlisted teams are invited to current their task at a Range Workshop held at ESA-ESTEC from 24 to 27 November 2020.
  2. The selection workshop consists of lectures provided by specialists and displays of the proposed experiments by the teams. Right after the students’ displays, a panel of specialists will talk to concerns and make opinions. The chosen teams will be educated soon soon after the Range Workshop.

A training 7 days is supplied at the end of January 2021, with the BEXUS balloon launch planned for Oct 2021 and the REXUS rocket launch campaign in March 2022.

A a lot more thorough timeline can be found here.

How to get started out?

REXUS 27 HADES Team finalising the assembly of their experiment

In order to get ready a dependable proposal for this fascinating but demanding programme, comply with the beneath methods:

  • Variety a crew with at least 4 pupils from different applicable backgrounds who are eligible for sponsorship
  • Explore the REXUS/BEXUS site to study a lot more about the platforms and requirements observed in the user manuals
  • Have a glimpse at the prior experiments categorised by space of investigation this kind of as: atmospheric measurements, microgravity investigations, technological innovation demonstrations for long term area missions, and even organic sciences
  • Propose an modern and feasible experiment and justify the will need of the platform (REXUS or BEXUS).

I am studying in Germany – How should I use?

As the programme is partly funded by DLR (the German Aerospace Centre), there is a a little different application approach for pupils studying in Germany. Entire details can be observed on the REXUS/BEXUS webpage.

How is the programme funded?

The REXUS/BEXUS programme is realised under a bilateral Company Settlement involving the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and the Swedish National Room Company (SNSA). The Swedish share of the payload has been produced available to pupils from other European nations by way of a collaboration with the European Room Company (ESA). 

EuroLaunch, a cooperation involving the Esrange Room Centre of SSC and the Cell Rocket Foundation (MORABA) of DLR, is accountable for the campaign management and functions of the launch motor vehicles. Authorities from DLR, SSC, ZARM, and ESA provide specialized and logistic help to the college student teams all through the task. REXUS and BEXUS are launched from SSC, Esrange Room Centre in northern Sweden.