The city of Adelaide in the south of Australia hosted over 4500 aerospace enthusiasts during the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) from 25 to 29 September 2017. This annual congress brings together global stakeholders from the aerospace field, ranging from representatives of all major space agencies and institutions, to private enterprises and the next generation of start-ups and students.
Aerospace students are constantly coming up with new ideas, hoping to achieve a breakthrough design for the aircraft of the future. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and US space agency NASA organised a joint student competition that put two specific challenges forward,
How can space debris be captured? How can students reduce the rotation of research rockets in microgravity? The REXUS 22 research rocket was launched from the Esrange Space Center near Kiruna in northern Sweden, at 14:00 Central European Time (CET) on 16 March 2017. On board were student experiments to try and answer these and other questions.
Leading aviation technology in new directions with novel ideas and developing aircraft designs that reinvent passenger flight beyond the sound barrier or that are revolutionarily quiet and low-emission – these are the two challenges that the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), together with NASA, is tasking students within Germany and the United States.
At 10:30 Central European Time (CET) on 8 November 2016, the HEROS3 (Hybrid Experimental Rocket Stuttgart) research rocket was successfully launched from the Esrange Space Centre in Sweden to great enthusiasm from the students. Reaching an altitude of 30 kilometres, it set a new European altitude record for student rockets.
On 5 October 2016 at 15:33 CEST, the research balloon BEXUS 22 took off from the Esrange Space Center, near Kiruna, Sweden, en route to the stratosphere. BEXUS 23 is scheduled to be launched on 6 October.