Read more about the Student programme here. - SSC

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Read more about the Student programme here. - SSC

education↘→ rexus bexusREXUS rocket onlaunch tower→ REACHING→ FOR THE SKIESFlying student experiments to the edge of spaceHelen Page & Roger WalkerDirectorate of Policies, Planning and Control, ESTEC, Noordwijk, The NetherlandsIn a programme now entering its fifth year, over400 European students have already had thechance to fly their own experiments to the edgeof space.The REXUS/BEXUS programme (Rocket and BalloonExperiments for University Students) offers opportunitiesfor student experiments to be flown on sounding rocketsand stratospheric balloons. Each year, two rockets andtwo balloons are launched, carrying up to 20 experimentsdesigned and built by student teams.Students experience the full life-cycle of a space project,beginning with researching the idea and defining the design,continuing with building and testing, participating in theflight campaign and completing with data analysis andreporting. Throughout the project, the students develop avaluable understanding of space project methods and gain32 www.esa.intEuropean Space Agency | Bulletin 149 | February 2012 33


education→ Programme partners→ rexus bexusThe REXUS/BEXUS programme is realised undera bilateral Agency Agreement between theGerman Aerospace Center (DLR) andthe Swedish National Space Board(SNSB). Through the collaborationwith ESA, the Swedish sharehas been made available tostudents from all ESA Memberor Cooperating States.EuroLaunch, the cooperation between Esrange SpaceCentre of the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC)and DLR’s Mobile Rocket Base (MORABA),is responsible for the campaignmanagement and operations of thelaunch vehicles. Experts from DLR,SSC and ESA provide technicaland logistical support to thestudent teams throughout theproject.↑ A REXUS launchconfidence in the practical skills necessary for the assembly,integration and testing of flight hardware and software.A unique experienceThe possibility to participate in a launch campaign withteams from across Europe is a unique and unforgettableopportunity. Many students choose to base their universityprojects or theses on their REXUS/BEXUS experiments.Students are also encouraged to document their progress,to develop an outreach programme and to present theirexperiment to experts in conferences and to the publicthrough media such as the internet or their local press.ESA has been involved in this programme since 2007by identifying and sponsoring student teams to takeadvantage of the Swedish share of the payload allocation.ESA’s Education Office provides coordination and financialsupport and experts from ESA’s Directorate of Technicaland Quality Management act as mentors to review thestudents’ progress and offer advice throughout the courseof their projects. This activity contributes towards ESA’slong-term objective to ensure the existence of a qualifiedworkforce for the future of the European space sector.Programme outlineThe programme is targeted at student teams fromuniversities and higher education colleges across Europe.Each year, two rockets and two balloons are launched inMarch and October respectively, carrying up to 20 studentexperiments..The application process for participation opens in Septembereach year, with the experiment selection being finalisedbefore Christmas. From that point, the students’ projectstake about nine months for BEXUS and 14 months for REXUSto be ready for launch from the Esrange Space Centre innorthern Sweden.← Students fromthe SapienzaUniversity ofRome preparetheir experimentfor flight in theBEXUS-6 and-7 campaign(SNSB/R.Schederin)Sponsorship is available for the student teams to attend atraining week, project reviews and the launch campaigns,with expert guidance available throughout the project.Dedicated lectures and workshops are offered throughoutthe project on topics relevant to the project stages. Financialsupport for the development of experiments is possible to alimited extent.(Since the students themselves are responsible fordesigning, building and operating their experiment, theyare advised to form an interdisciplinary team that includesknowledge of mechanics, electronics and experimentalmethods, alongside scientific expertise. Guidance from aprofessor or an institute is highly recommended.)The experimentsSince 2008, 46 student experiments have already flown,with nine more currently under preparation for the REXUScampaign in February 2012. Many of the experiments havea scientific focus, in research fields such as atmosphericphysics, radiation, magnetic fields, fluid physics, microgravityand materials science. Other teams have flown technologydemonstrations investigating aspects of aerodynamics,propulsion, communications, deployment systems and more.↑ A team of Czech students monitor their experiment↑ ESA experts help students with last-minutedata during a flight in the BEXUS-6 and -7 campaign introubleshooting in the BEXUS-6 and -7 campaign34 www.esa.intEuropean Space Agency | Bulletin 149 | February 2012 352008 (SNSB/R. Schederin)(SNSB/R. Schederin)

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