2017 maxus 9

German DLR News: 12 Minuten Schwerelosigkeit

Bereits zum zehnten Mal und sieben Jahre nach dem letzten Start einer MAXUS-Rakete startete am 7. April 2017 die Forschungsrakete MAXUS-9 der europäischen Weltraumorganisation ESA von der nordschwedischen Startanlage Esrange bei Kiruna. Nach knapp 12 Minuten in der Schwerelosigkeit landete die Nutzlast der Rakete wieder sicher mit einem Fallschirm und wurde vom Missionsteam geborgen. Mit Erreichen der Schwerelosigkeitsphase wurden insgesamt fünf Experimente mit unterschiedlichem Schwerpunkt im Inneren der Nutzlast durchgeführt.

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2017 rexus 21

REXUS 21/22: Students send eight experiments into space

How can space debris be captured? How can students reduce the rotation of research rockets in microgravity? The REXUS 22 research rocket was launched from the Esrange Space Center near Kiruna in northern Sweden, at 14:00 Central European Time (CET) on 16 March 2017. On board were student experiments to try and answer these and other questions. REXUS 21 was successfully launched just one day earlier, on 15 March 2017.

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2017 maius

MAIUS 1 – First Bose-Einstein condensate generated in space

The MAIUS 1 (Matter-Wave Interferometry in Microgravity) experiment could be described as one of the most complex experiment ever flown on a sounding rocket. MAIUS 1 was launched at 03:30 Central European Time (CET) on 23 January 2016 on board a sounding rocket from the Esrange Space Center near Kiruna in northern Sweden. During the approximately six-minute microgravity phase of the flight, German scientists succeeded in producing a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) in space for the first time and performing atom interferometry experiments with them.

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Third STERN campaign – New altitude record for student rockets

At 10:30 Central European Time (CET) on 8 November 2016, the HEROS3 (Hybrid Experimental Rocket Stuttgart) research rocket was successfully launched from the Esrange Space Centre in Sweden to great enthusiasm from the students. Reaching an altitude of 30 kilometres, it set a new European altitude record for student rockets.

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mapheus 5 bergung

MAPHEUS-5 – Liftoff inside the Arctic Circle

The German Aerospace Center’s (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) mobile rocket base MORABA launched the MAPHEUS-5 high-altitude research rocket at 06:55 CEST on 30 June 2015, carrying four DLR experiments on board. The 12-metre-high, two-stage rocket took off from the Swedish Esrange Space Center and ascended to an altitude of 253 kilometres – taking only 74 seconds to reach a state of microgravity lasting over six minutes, which was used to conduct experiments from the fields of material physics and biology. Plants responded to the absence of Earth’s gravity during this period, while 2500 steel balls with a diameter of 1.6 millimetres collided, metal samples were X-rayed and suspended metal balls were melted using a laser.

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Texus 51 Flugofen

Successful launch of TEXUS 51 – for solar energy in space

TEXUS 51 was launched into space from the Esrange Space Center near Kiruna in northern Sweden on 23 April 2015 at 09:35 CEST. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) research rocket carried four German biology and materials science experiments to an altitude of 259 kilometres. During the nearly 20 minute research flight, the experiments were under microgravity conditions for approximately six minutes. The payloads were then returned to the ground by parachute.

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