Rocket and
Balloon Activities

Here is where you’ll find information about our current and completed rocket and balloon missions at Esrange Space Center.

Rocket and balloon missions

Most of our launch missions are listed here

Mission type launch period launched
Test rocket Orbital rocket 1 November - 30 November 2023 2 November 2023
MAPHEUS-14 Sounding rocket 7 November - 22 November 2023 -
MAIUS 2 Sounding rocket 12 October - 31 October 2023 -
BEXUS 33 Stratospheric balloon 16 September - 30 September 2023 -
BEXUS 32 Stratospheric balloon 16 September - 30 September 2023 -

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More about some of our launches

BEXUS 32 and 33 launched with great success

09:09 am . September 26, 2023

Both BEXUS 32 and 33 were successfully launched from Esrange Space Center, despite very challenging weather with 38 cm of snowfall less than 24 hours before the first launch.

Successful launch for microgravity research rocket

12:05 pm . May 23, 2023

On Monday 22 May at 07:00, the MAPHEUS-13 rocket was successfully launched from the Esrange Space Center outside Kiruna. The launch as well as the four experiments on board could be carried out as planned.

Research rocket landed in Norway – now back at Esrange

19:04 pm . April 25, 2023

April 24, at 7:20 am local time, a microgravity research rocket was launched from Esrange Space Center. The rocket took a slightly longer and more westerly trajectory than expected and landed after completed flight 15 kilometers into Norway. The payload[...]


SubOrbital Express 3 launch 23 Nov 2022

SubOrbital Express onboard camera.

SubOrbital Express 3 - flight lookout


PoGO+ balloon launch


Safety messages

Rocket impact area at Esrange


Follow launches

Follow some of our launches live on our Youtube channel.

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Launching programme



Read more about the REXUS/BEXUS program.

SSC not only supports spacecraft launch operations, but services the launch vehicle as well, and sometimes both simultaneously.

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