REXUS BEXUS - Rocket and Balloon Experiments for University Students
Rexus Bexus is a bilateral German-Swedish cooperation to offer students experiment opportunities using sounding rocket and balloon flights from Esrange Space Center in Northern Sweden.
German students have the opportunity to utilise half of the joint program pay load. Sweden has invited ESA Education to use most of the Swedish share for a European-wide program.
- REXUS experiments are usually launched from Esrange on a rocket powered by an Improved Orion Motor with 290 kg of propellant. It is capable of taking 40 kg of student experiment modules to an altitude of approximately 100 km.
- BEXUS experiments are lifted by balloon from Esrange to an altitude of 20-35 km, depending on total experiment mass (40-100 kg). The balloon has a volume of 12 000 m3 and the experiments are hanging 65-100 m below the balloon.
Organizations backing the Rexus Bexus program
DLR - Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt/ German Aerospace Center.
DLR is Germany's national research center for aeronautics and space.
SNSB - Swedish National Space Board.
SNSB is a central governmental agency under the Ministry of Industry, Employment and Communication
ESA Education Office coordinates education activities to help young Europeans, aged from 6 to 28, to gain and maintain an interest in science and technology.