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High ride with Maxus-8

Copyright ESA ESA’s Maxus-8 sounding rocket was launched today from Kiruna in northern Sweden carrying four microgravity research modules on a hectic 12-minute space voyage. The ultimate results may include improved turbine blades for aircraft engines.

At 14:43 CET, Maxus-8 took off from the launch pad at the Esrange Space Centre watched by Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General of ESA, Simonetta Di Pippo, ESA Director of Human Spaceflight, Olle Norberg, Director General of the Swedish National Space Board, and Lars Persson, Director of the Swedish Space Corporation. Witnessing the launch, they paid tribute to the importance of microgravity research in Europe and to the international European cooperation that makes this research possible.

“I am very happy to be back at Esrange to take part of a sounding rocket campaign again,” said Mr Dordain. “The campaign team has done a tremendous job and the researchers are pleased with the results so far. I must say I’m impressed by this extraordinary launch site and proud of having such a facility in Europe. It is a unique complement to International Space Station utilisation for the scientific community”.

“With the Maxus-8 mission, ESA continues its leading role in maintaining autonomous European microgravity [...]

REXUS 7 and 8 student research rockets launched successfully

On Thursday, 4 March 2010 at 11:15 CET, the research rocket Rexus 8 (Rocket EXperiment for University Students), a joint project of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC), launched from SSC’s Esrange Space Center near Kiruna, in Sweden. Students from the Technical Universities of Berlin (Technische Universität Berlin; TUB) and Munich (Technische Universität München; TUM) and from the Royal Institute of Technology (Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan; KTH) in Stockholm used the flight to conduct satellite communication experiments and also tested a newly-developed descent probe. The rocket reached an altitude of 88 kilometres during its flight. Rexus 7 was launched just two days earlier, on 2 March.

The flights lasted about five minutes each. They followed a year of intensive preparation, during which students from Germany, Sweden and Italy developed and built the experiments. While still in flight, most of the data were transmitted to the ground station at Esrange. They will be evaluated over the next few weeks. The scientific payloads landed by parachute, were retrieved by helicopter and the experiments were handed back to the students.

TUPEX-3, VECTOR and LAPLander test satellite communication and descent probe

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Liftoff for latest REXUS flights


Three educational experiments sponsored by ESA’s Education Office blasted off to the edge of space on 12 and 13 March during the latest REXUS sounding rocket campaign from the Esrange Space Centre in Kiruna, Sweden.

First to fly was REXUS 6, which soared to an altitude of 88 km before returning its payload safely to the ground for subsequent recovery and analysis. On board was the ESA-sponsored Nordic Ionospheric Sounding Rocket Seeding Experiment (NISSE), which was developed by a student team from the University of Bergen, Norway, the University of Oulu, Finland, and the Finnish Meteorological Institute.

The experiment was designed to spray 11 kg of water into the ionosphere to study the formation of a cloud of ice crystals and water vapour with the EISCAT radar system. The three EISCAT radars, located in Kiruna (Sweden), Tromsø (Norway) and Sodankylä (Finland) are normally used to study auroras and the properties of the ionosphere. On this occasion, it was hoped that they would be able to detect the signal reflected by the cloud in order to study the ionisation of the water molecules.

Unfortunately, although the rocket was clearly detected by the EISCAT radars, a malfunction in the spraying system prevented [...]

Successful flight of Maxus 6 sounding rocket


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The Maxus 6 sounding rocket was successfully launched from Esrange, the Swedish Space Corporation rocket base in Kiruna, at 09:35 CET (08:35 UT) this morning. Carrying a payload of eight scientific experiments, the rocket reached an altitude of 706 km before falling back to Earth – providing twelve minutes of microgravity.

Powered by a Castor IV b motor, the Maxus 6 rocket was launched into clear blue skies shortly after sunrise. The experiments, in biology, fluid physics and material science, were monitored throughout using mission telemetry, which functioned perfectly. Video images and data received at Esrange show that the experiments went well.

The payload package was found soon after landing and recovered by helicopter. Flight samples of the materials science and the biological experiments will now be returned to the scientists for further scientific analysis at their home institutes.

Speaking from the control room at Esrange, Wolfgang Herfs, ESA’s sounding rocket project manager, congratulated all involved in the Maxus 6 campaign. Maxus 7, is planned for the spring of 2006.