Applications open for the 2018 REXUS/BEXUS programme

on 18 June 2018

The Romanian Space Agency invites university students to participate at the 12th edition of the REXUS/BEXUS (Rocket / Balloon Experiment for University Students) programme, organised by the ESA Education Office in collaboration with the Swedish National Space Board (SNSB) and the German Space Agency (DLR). Applications will close on 15 October 2018.

Thanks to this programme, university students from ESA Member and Associate States can design, assemble and test a real experiment, launch it in the upper atmosphere on either a rocket or a balloon and retrieve it for data analysis.

Every year, around 10 teams from the SNSB/ESA applications and 10 other German teams from the DLR applications are selected to participate in this programme.

Students from Romania who want to apply to the SNSB/ESA programme must create a team and send an experiment proposal to ESA before 15 October 2018.

To be eligible, teams must consist of students enrolled in universities from ESA Member or Associate States. The teams judged to have submitted the best proposals will then be invited to attend a selection workshop at ESA-ESTEC in the Netherlands from 27–29 November 2018, where they will present their project and justify to a panel of experts why their experiment should fly on one of the rockets or balloons.

In order to be selected, the experiment must show scientific or technological value; a high likelihood of success; educational value; and must be able to justify the need for a stratospheric balloon or a sounding rocket flight.

More details about the programmes and application process are available here.

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