BEXUS 14 (Balloon-borne EXperiments for University Students)
Developed by -
Balloon launched on 9/24/2012, from European Space Range, Kiruna, Sweden
Description of the payload
BEXUS which stands for Balloon Experiment for University Students is a project part of the REXUS/BEXUs initiative that allows students from universities and higher education colleges across Europe to carry out scientific and technological experiments on stratospheric research balloons. The basic idea behind BEXUS is to provide an experimental space platform for students in different research areas such as atmospheric research, fluid physics, magnetic field, materials science, radiations physics, astrophysics, biology and also on technology demonstrators.
Each year, two balloons are launched, from ESRANGE base near Kiruna, Sweden each carrying several experiments assembled on a medium-sized gondola (1.16 m x 1.16 m x 0.84 m). The total lifted-mass is approximately 300kg with payload weighing between 30 and 112kg (which means generally 4 student experiments per gondola).
The first five flights of the program were carried out under sponsorship of the Swedish Space Corporation that offered available space on yearly technological flights carried out at ESRANGE. Since 2008, BEXUS is realised under a bilateral Agency Agreement between the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Swedish National Space Agency (SNSA). 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.
Video footage of the launch
Details of the balloon flight
Balloon launched on: 9/24/2012 at 11:00 utc Launch site: European Space Range, Kiruna, Sweden
Balloon launched by: Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Zero Pressure Balloon 12.000 m3 End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 9/24/2012 at ??
Balloon flight duration (d:days / h:hours / m:minutes): 5 h Landing site: --- No Data --- Campaign: BEXUS
If you got this far, I imagine that what you just read was interesting or in some way useful to you. After running the website in an "advertising free" basis for almost 16 years, I've joined "Buy me a coffee" to get some support for the research I do. Click on the right button to learn how you can collaborate with this project. Thank you !
+ 3000 pictures, many historical ones
+ 20 articles from different contributors
balloon launch records already published
balloon launch records in the full database
StratoCat is a non-profit, educational and informative website created, developed and programmed by Luis E. Pacheco. It is based on an idea first conceived by the author in 2001 and is online since September 17th, 2005.
This website is an independent initiative, and thus is not endorsed, supported or have any relationship with any governmental or private agency or company in the balloon field.