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MAIUS 1 – First Bose-Einstein condensate generated in space

The MAIUS 1 (Matter-Wave Interferometry in Microgravity) experiment could be described as one of the most complex experiment ever flown on a sounding rocket. MAIUS 1 was launched at 03:30 Central European Time (CET) on 23 January 2016 on board a sounding rocket from the Esrange Space Center near Kiruna in northern Sweden. During the approximately six-minute microgravity phase of the flight, German scientists succeeded in producing a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) in space for the first time and performing atom interferometry experiments with them.

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Third STERN campaign – New altitude record for student rockets

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.

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Successfully Launched and Recovered

MAPHEUS-5 – Liftoff inside the Arctic Circle

The German Aerospace Center's (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) mobile rocket base MORABA launched the MAPHEUS-5 high-altitude research rocket at 06:55 CEST on 30 June 2015, carrying four DLR experiments on board. The 12-metre-high, two-stage rocket took off from the Swedish Esrange Space Center and ascended to an altitude of 253 kilometres – taking only 74 seconds to reach a state of microgravity lasting over six minutes, which was used to conduct experiments from the fields of material physics and biology. Plants responded to the absence of Earth's gravity during this period, while 2500 steel balls with a diameter of 1.6 millimetres collided, metal samples were X-rayed and suspended metal balls were melted using a laser.

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Payload laden

German Blogpost: Ein Stahlseil, eine Festplatte und die Konsequenzen

Pläne sind Pläne… und dann kommt die Realität hinzu. Im Idealfall hätte die Höhenforschungsrakete Mapheus5 schon am Montag starten sollen - doch ein angeschlagenes Stahlseil an der schwedischen Startrampe und eine unwillige Festplatte machten dem Mapheus-Team des DLR und der vorläufigen Zeitplanung einen Strich durch die Rechnung.

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Skylark Tower in Esrange

German Blogpost: Stahl-Kathedrale für Raketenstarts

Niemand bleibt unbeeindruckt, wenn er den Skylark Tower betritt. Niemand. Der Turm des schwedischen Raketenstartplatzes Esrange ist eine Kathedrale - 30 Meter, imposant, im Inneren hallen die Geräusche. Wer unten steht und die metallene Führungsschiene nach oben blickt, fühlt sich klein. Die Kathedrale für die Wissenschaft ist rostig und düster, denn die vielen Raketenstarts seit 1972...

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