Sounding Rockets and Stratospheric Balloons opportunities for University students

REXUS/BEXUS call for proposals

The European Space Agency (ESA), in collaboration with the Swedish National Space Board (SNSB) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), is currently accepting proposals for the eighth edition of the REXUS/BEXUS programme (Rocket and Balloon EXperiments for University Students)*. UKSEDS encourages its members and branches to take part.

Past UKSEDS projects include: PoleCATS, Conceptual And Tiny Spectrometer, a miniaturised plasma analyser which was developed at UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory, by a UKSEDS team from universities all around the country. See for more information.

The REXUS/BEXUS programme offers flight opportunities on sounding rockets and stratospheric balloons for experimental payloads designed and developed by university students. The balloons and rockets will be launched from Esrange in Kiruna, Sweden, in autumn 2015 and spring 2016, respectively.

The students, assisted by a project supervisor, are invited to propose, design, implement and fly their own experiment. Typical experiment disciplines include upper atmosphere and reduced gravity research, radiation analysis and technology demonstration. The participation in this project is a valuable experience, where students can take part in a space-related project throughout all its stages – from the first idea to the post-flight analysis.

Please refer to the programme homepage for further information regarding the research platforms, programme timelines and the application procedure: Alternatively, visit the ESA hands-on projects portal via the ESA Education website:

The call for experiment proposals will close on Monday, 13 October 2014.

*The REXUS/BEXUS programme is realised under a bilateral Agency Agreement between the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Swedish National Space Board (SNSB). Through the collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), the Swedish share has been made available to students from all ESA Member or Cooperating States.EuroLaunch, the 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 and logistic support to the student teams throughout the project.


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