Fly your experiment to the edge of space

on 02 October 2013

The European Space Agency (ESA), opens the opportunity for university students from the ESA Member States and Cooperating States to fly experiments high into the stratosphere or even to the edge of space.

Up to 10 teams will be selected to fly a balloon experiment during autumn 2014 or a rocket experiment in spring 2015. The experiments will be carried on sounding rockets and stratospheric balloons launched from the Esrange Space Center in Northern Sweden.


The REXUS/BEXUS (Rocket/Balloon Experiments for University Students) programme was established more than six years ago by the German Aerospace Center, DLR, and the Swedish National Space Board (SNSB), the latter running it in collaboration with ESA. The programme provides two rocket and two balloon launches every year for university student experiments.

The rockets each carry a total experimental payload of about 40 kg and reach an altitude of between 75 and 90 km. The flights are short, providing about 5 minutes of experiment time with the possibility of experiencing about two minutes of reduced gravity conditions. The balloons do not reach as high, culminating at about 25 or 30 km in altitude, but they stay in the stratosphere for 2-5 hours. They can each carry up between 40 and 100 kg experiment payload in total.

Student teams who would like to participate should upload their Experiment Proposal Forms by 21 October 2013 on ESA Education Office's project portal.

Notes: The conditions to apply and the eligibility criteria can be found here.

For further details please visit the ESA website.

Image credit: ESA / J Makinen