The Student Group HyEnD (Hybrid Engine Development) at the University of Stuttgart is participating with the Institute of Space Systems (IRS) in the DLR STERN program initiated by the DLR Space Administration. In the course of this three-year program, students shall design, develop and fly a small sounding rocket. The basic technical requirements are a minimum flight altitude of 3 km, recording, and transmission of telemetry data and the recovery of the rocket by a parachute system. The official start of the program at Stuttgart University was on September 1st, 2012. The program is accompanied by several reviews to survey and control the development and construction of the rocket. The reviews are co-organized by the DLR Space Administration, the DLR MORABA and the DLR Institute of Space Propulsion. Due to the expected high flight altitude of more than 20 km, the launch will take place at the European Space and Sounding Rocket Range (Esrange) in Kiruna, Sweden.
Completed, Rocket Missions
|Launch site||Esrange Space Center|
|Launch date||1 st hot CD October 28, 2016|
In October 2015 the first three university teams got their flight opportunity, TU Berlin launched two times the upper-stages of their DeCan (Deuche Cansat Hohenrakete | German Cansat Sounding rocket). Both rockets flew successfully to an altitude slightly higher than 5km.
ERIG from TU Braunschweig launched their hybrid engine powered Faust. Also, this launch was successful.
HyEnD from TU Stuttgart launched there HEROS rocket, a 10kN (2248lbs) N2O-Paraffin hybrid rocket that should have reached 20km (65600ft). Unfortunately, their engine suffered a failure. An extension of the project was granted with additional funding, in order to build a second rocket and launch it again.
In October 2015 the first Launch Campaign for the HEROS rocket took place at ESRANGE. In October 2016 A detailed Failure Analysis Review is planned to improve the second launch attempt. The rocket will be similar to the first design, with minor changes regarding the instrumentation and the engine. More sensors will be on-board to verify the oxidizer loading and conditions. The basic performance and dimensions stay the same. It is planned to build two identical rockets, one serving as a redundant backup model for a second launch opportunity.
DLR MORABA STERN Project manager: Katharina Schüttauf
SSC Esrange Project Manager: Maria Holmström
Successful launch for microgravity research rocket
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
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[...]
Science rocket landed in Norway
Monday morning at 7:20 am local time, a microgravity research rocket was launched from Esrange Space Center in Sweden. The rocket took a slightly longer and more westerly trajectory than calculated and landed after a completed flight 15 kilometers into[...]
New altitude record for student-built hybrid rocket
At 11:05 CEST on April 18th the first rocket of two in the STERN – HyEnD N2ORTH campaign was successfully launched from Esrange Space Center. The rocket reached an altitude of 64 km which is a new record for student-built[...]
REXUS 29/30 completed – second rocket launched from Esrange
At 6:20 am (CET) the sounding rocket REXUS 29 was launched from Esrange Space Center, the second and final rocket of the REXUS 29/30 campaign. The first rocket, REXUS 30, was launched three days earlier. The two rockets had a[...]
REXUS 29 and 30 to be launched from Esrange
On 29 March, a first attempt will be made to launch REXUS 30 from Esrange Space Center. Shortly thereafter the second rocket within the campaign, REXUS 29, will be launched from the base. REXUS REXUS/BEXUS (Rocket/Balloon Experiments for University Students)[...]
Aurora rocket BROR launched from Esrange
At 7.23 pm (CET) on 23 March, the sounding rocket BROR was launched from Esrange Space Center to an altitude of 240 km where it created a spectacular auroral light show on the evening sky. The research will deepen our[...]
On a mission to create colorful clouds for aurora studies
SSC and a group of auroral scientists from the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) will launch a sounding rocket from Esrange to create colorful clouds for aurora studies. On 12 March a first attempt will be made to launch[...]
Insights about dust grains after flight with SubOrbital Express
The results might help scientists make nanoparticles with useful applications in more efficient and eco-friendly ways, for example within areas like solar energy, sensors, and nanomedicine.
SubOrbital Express 3 launched from Esrange
This morning, Wednesday 23 November 09:23 AM local time, SubOrbital Express 3 was launched to an altitude of 260 kilometers and six minutes of microgravity. Among the twelve payloads onboard were scientific experiments to investigate everything from stem cells for[...]
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