REXUS/BEXUS programme allows students from universities across Europe to carry out scientific and technological experiments on stratospheric research balloons (BEXUS) or on sounding rockets (REXUS). The basic idea behind the programme is to provide an experimental space platform for the groups of students and give them an opportunity to lead the project from the idea for experiment to the launch phase. Each year, two balloons and two rockets are launched, carrying experiments designed and built by student teams.
The REXUS/BEXUS programme is realised under a bilateral Agency Agreement between the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Swedish National Space Board (SNSB). The Swedish share of the payload has been made available to students from other European countries through a collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA). EuroLaunch, a cooperation between the Esrange Space Center of SSC and the Mobile Rocket Base (MORABA) of DLR, is responsible for the campaign management and operations of the launch vehicles. Experts from DLR, SSC, ZARM and ESA provide technical support to the student teams throughout the project. REXUS and BEXUS are launched from SSC, Esrange Space Center in northern Sweden.