REXUS 2

REXUS

Campaign information Rexus 2 (2004)

GENERAL INFORMATION

Launch site: Esrange Space Center
Launch date: October 28 at 21:53 LT, 2004
Customer: The REXUS program is a joint project between the Swedish Space Corporation SSC, ESRANGE, and the Mobile Rocket Base (Moraba) of the German Aerospace Center DLR, conducted by newly founded EUROLAUNCH. The scientific payload capacity is shared between Swedish and German student experimenters. REXUS is considered as an annual sounding rocket program, launched from ESRANGE, Sweden.
Media information Press releases, photos and/or videos are found here.
 
PARTICIPATING ORGANISATIONS
Funding agency: Swedish National Space Board and DLR, Germany
Launch contractor: SSC
Research organizations:

IRV - Institutionen för rymdvetenskap, Kiruna
LTU - Luleå tekniska universitet
SSC - Swedish Space Corporation, Esrange
DLR - Deutsches Zentrum fűr Luft- und Raumfahrt

Contact persons: Mr. M. Hörschgen, Campaign Manager, German Aerospace Center DLR,
Mr O. Persson, Project manager, SSC Esrange
 
TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Launcher: Maxus tower
Rocket motor: Unguided solid propellant single stage Improved Orion rocket, see Rocket motors, (mil. M112 Hawk) from military surplus. The motor is a dual thrust burner with a boost phase of 5 seconds and a sustainer phase of approximately 21 seconds. The rocket accelerates the payload then for 26 seconds with peak acceleration during the boost phase of 21g.

Apogee:

91,4 km
Payload lenth: 6,4 m
Payload weight: 100 kg


EXPERIMENT MODULES

 

Module Experiment Developed by Investigator
 

A sounding rocket carrying a total of 7 instruments dedicated to the measurement of ionized consituents in the mesosphere

On board the rocket was a new ECOMA-particle detector which combines a Xenon-flashlamp with a very sensitive electrometer for the measurement of meteoric dust particles. Then there were two simpler particle detectors and two skin-type fixed biased Langmuir-probes for measuring electrons and positive ions.

 

IRV - Institutionen för rymdvetenskap, Kiruna
LTU - Luleå tekniska universitet
SSC - Swedish Space Corporation, Esrange
DLR - Deutsches Zentrum fűr Luft- und Raumfahrt.

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