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Student projects, developed through REXUS/BEXUS program, in Kiruna, Sweden

on 04 July 2016

The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) invites Romanian students to apply to the REXUS/BEXUS programme, which allows them to carry out scientific and technological experiments on research rockets and balloons. Each year, European students compete to have their experiment among the 20 selected for launch with two rockets and two balloons.

The Rocket/Balloon Experiment for University Students (REXUS/BEXUS) is organised by the Swedish National Space Board (SNSB) in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) and by the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

The proposals for the REXUS/BEXUS campaigns will close on 17 October. This year’s edition marks the 10th anniversary of the program, in which more than 600 students from ESA member states have been involved.

The organisers will select 10 projects and those who want to participate at the REXUS/BEXUS can find out more details on the official website of the event or on ESA’s website

The students with the most interesting proposals will be invited to participate in a workshop held at ESA’s ESTEC centre. The workshop is organised between 30 November – 2 December, and the students will be required to provide arguments based on which their projects should be selected for the REXUS/BEXUS experiments.

The experiments will be carried out on a stratospheric balloon in the Autumn 2017 or on a sounding rocket in Spring 2018, at the Estrange Space Centre.

The space industry is an essential element of the European economy and involving young persons in space projects is a necessary step in order to perpetuate the level held by Europe in this field. The students will have the opportunity to participate in all the stages of a space mission launch.

In a survey conducted in June 2013, more than 95% of the students who were involved in previous editions of the REXUS/BEXUS programme mentioned that the participation facilitated the understanding of the logistics of space missions, while 83,3% declared that the project was useful for their future carriers.

Image credit: SNSB