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Rundown Of This Year's Launch Activities At Esrange


The launch of TEXUS EML-1/TEXUS 42 took place at 09:04 UTC on December 1.

Esrange, Sweden (SPX) Jan 16, 2006
2006 will be jam packed with interesting rocket and balloon launches from Esrange - the Aerospace Operation Facility of the Swedish Space Corporation. Here is a rundown of the years's launch activities:

ENVISAT Validation 4 has just commenced

On 9 January we started up with our first planned launch which was a successful opening balloon flight for the campaign Envisat Validation 4. All technical systems were tested and approved during this flight so we are ready to continue with four scientific missions and a couple of technical flights. The objective of the scientific measurements are to validate the instruments on board the ESA satellite ENVISAT equipped with sophisticated optical and radar instruments to provide continuous observation and monitoring of the Earth's land, atmosphere, oceans and ice caps. Envisat data collectively provide a wealth of information on the workings of the Earth system, including insights into factors contributing to climate change. This campaign is conducted by the French space organisation CNES together with SSC Esrange and financed by ESA. The science is performed by French, German, Italian and Russian scientists.

Read more on SSC's campaign page and on ESA's Envisat site

AURA Validation is starting up

Today the first participants of the NASA/JPL team will arrive at Esrange. During this campaign two stratospheric balloons will be launched carrying instruments from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory managed for NASA by the California Institute of Technology. The scientific objective is to validate scientific data from the US satellite AURA and at the same time provide a better understanding of the ozone loss in the Northern Hemisphere high latitude during winter. This campaign is conducted by the National Scientific Balloon Facility (NSBF) together with SSC Esrange and is financed by NASA.

Read more about a previous JPL flight from Esrange and NSBF.

BEXUS 4 planned for Mars 2006

The Balloon borne Experiment University Students program (BEXUS) is an experimental flight with a stratospheric balloon that the students at Kiruna Space and Environment Campus carry out in cooperation with SSC Esrange. Students from different years and courses are involved in the project, which means that different groups of students meet and get a chance to work together on the basis of their respective areas of competence. Most of the data collected during the flight will be used later during the education. The project is managed by SSC Esrange and financed by the National Swedish Space Board.

Read more about BEXUS 4 and Space University Studies in Kiruna.

REXUS 3 planned for April 2006

The Rocket borne EXperiment University Students program (REXUS) is a sounding rocket program for Swedish and German students. The project is carried out jointly by the SSC and the German Aerospace Centre DLR. This program admits students to get valuable experiences from a real space project already during the education phase. The project is managed by SSC Esrange together with DLR and financed by the National Swedish Space Board and DLR.

Read more about Rexus 1 and Rexus 2

MAXUS 7 planned for May 2006

The MAXUS sounding rocket program is a joint venture between the Swedish Space Corporation and the German space company EADS-ST. The scientific objective is to perform experiments during 13-14 minutes of microgravity using a single stage sounding rocket motor. The program is financed by ESA.

Read more about Maxus and the previous Maxus 6 campaign

TEXUS 43 planned for May 2006

TEXUS is a sounding rocket program conducted by EADS-ST in Germany in cooperation with the Swedish Space Corporation and DLR. This program provides sounding rocket flight opportunities for experiments under microgravity conditions for up to 6 minutes. This campaign is financed by ESA.

Read more about previous Texus campaigns on our website: Texus 42, Texus 41.

NASA Long Duration Flights planned for May - July 2006

Last year's successful long duration flight from Sweden (Esrange) to Canada has resulted in three additional flights. Two scientific flights for measurements of cosmic ray particles from the heliosphere are planned and one technical flight for a new type of Ultra Long Duration Balloon (ULDB). The campaign is conducted by NSBF together with SSC Esrange and financed by NASA.

Read more about the science on TRACER and AESOP/LEE and about ULDB (Ultra Long Duration Balloon)

MIPAS-B/TELIS planned for August 2006

The scientific objective of this campaign is to measure trace gases in the earth atmosphere. Two different German scientific instruments will fly on the same gondola, MIPAS and TELIS. The campaign is managed by SSC Esrange and is financed by DLR.

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Mumbai, India (SPX) Jan 16, 2006
Betting on its cost effective and proven launch vehicle technology, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to enter the launch vehicle business, aiming for a 10 per cent market share over the next five years, reports PTI.







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