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WIA-E informs of Rexus Bexus Program: call for proposals now open

Dear WIA-E members,

we are pleased to report you the following opportunity (quoted below as an ESA official communication):

“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 twelfth cycle of the REXUS/BEXUS programme (Rocket and Balloon Experiments for University Students).

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 2019 and spring 2020, respectively.

The students, assisted by a project supervisor, are invited to propose, design, implement and fly their own experiment. Typical experiment disciplines include, but are not limited to, upper atmosphere and reduced gravity research, radiation analysis and technology demonstration.

The chosen teams, then, will be given the opportunity to participate in real technical reviews, where experts from the most important space organisations and institutes in Europe will provide the teams with their extensive knowledge and expertise.

ESA Education will then sponsor up to 4 students per team to participate in technical reviews, testing campaigns, including an Integration Week at ZARM’s facility in Bremen and Bench Test in DLR Oberpfaffenhofen (both for REXUS only), a launch campaign and the participation in an international conference, providing them with travel, accommodation and subsidence.

The participation in this project is a great experience that offers students the unique opportunity to develop a real space project from the initial idea through to the thrill of launch and to meet space industry professionals and like-minded students from throughout Europe, allowing for direct knowledge transfer and great networking opportunities!

Please refer to the programme homepage for further information regarding the research platforms, programme timelines and the application procedure: http://www.rexusbexus.net. Alternatively, you may visit the ESA hands-on projects portal via the ESA Education website: http://www.esa.int/Education.

The call for experiment proposals will close on Monday, 15 October 2018.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any queries and to spread the word about this exciting opportunity amongst your student/professor community.


We look forward to receiving many exciting experiment proposals.

The ESA Education Office

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. REXUS and BEXUS are launched from SSC, Esrange Space Center in northern Sweden.”

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