Starting from early 2008 IAP actively supports graduate and undergraduate students willing to participate in the REXUS (Rocket EXperiment for for University Students) sounding rocket program.
Every year two REXUS rockets are launched in March from SSC, Esrange Space Center in northern Sweden. The rockets traverse three atmospheric layers - namely the tropo-, meso- and stratosphere - reaching the thermosphere at an altitude of about 100 kilometers.
The REXUS/BEXUS programme is realised 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 DLR, SSC, ZARM and ESA provide technical support to the student teams throughout the project.
The most successful REXUS projects lead by students from IAP were:
Dr. Boris Strelnikov
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