Completed, Rocket Missions

REXUS 21/22

January 25, 2017
REXUS 21/22

The REXUS/BEXUS program is realized 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 a collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA).

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

REXUS and BEXUS are launched from SSC, Esrange Space Center in northern Sweden.

REXUS 21 was successfully launched on March 15 at 10:43 UTC. The rocket reached an altitude of 85,6 km. After a flight of approximately 10 minutes, the impact occurred within the B zone.
REXUS 22 was successfully launched on March 16 at 13:00 UTC. The rocket reached an altitude of 83,9 km. At 14:04 UTC the impact occurred within the B zone.

General Information:

Launch site Esrange Space Center
Launch date 14-18 March 2017
Customer Student programme

Technical information

Rocket motor Improved Orion rocket
Nominal diameter 356 mm
Total weight TBD
Burning time 1st stage 26 s
Max acceleration 21 g
Apogee ~84,5 km
Flight time to apogee ~141,5s

Experiment modules:

REXUS 21 – 4 experiments




DREAM DRilling Experiment for Asteroid Mining
Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland
SALACIA Saline Liquids and Conductivity in the Atmosphere
Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
UB_SPACE Image Processing for Determination of relative Satellite Motion
University of Bremen, Germany
DIANE Dipole Inflatable ANtenna Experiment
TU Dresden, Germany

REXUS 22 – 4 experiments




RaCOS Rate COntrol System
University of Wuerzburg, Germany
GRAB Gecko-Related-Adhesive-testBundles
TU Braunschweig,
U-PHOS Upgraded Pulsating Heatpipe Only for Space
University of Pisa,
AtmoHIT Atmospheric Heterodyne Interferometer Test
University of Wuppertal, University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf, Germany

Contact persons

Stefan Krämer, EuroLaunch (SSC),

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