Welcome to MORABA
The Mobile Rocket Base (“Mobile Raketenbasis” (MORABA)) is a department of Space Operations and Astronaut Training of the German Aerospace Center, based at the Oberpfaffenhofen site.
MORABA has been carrying out scientific sounding missions with unmanned rockets and balloons, and developing the mechanical and electrical systems required for such missions since the 60s.
The areas of application for sounding rockets are diverse and range from atmospheric research, astronomy, hypersonic research and technology testing to experiments in zero gravity.
MORABA has developed a unique mobile infrastructure and hardware for the planning, preparation and implementation of sounding projects. In principle, it can be used to launch a rocket from anywhere on Earth within a short space of time.
This experience and competence is valued and sought after by national and international facilities, industry and institutions of higher education.
Current MORABA Gallery
Building on the MOU that was previously signed between DLR – Space Operations and Astronaut Training and Southern Launch on 26 March 2020, the organisations have now signed a Cooperation Agreement further enhancing the relationship.
The German-Swedisch REXUS/BEXUS-Program (Rocket and Balloon Experiments for University Students) starts its next round: From now, students of German universities can apply for scientific investigations on sounding rockets and balloons with their own experiments.
Students from ESA member states can apply directly via the ESA homepage.