TEXUS

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TEXUS is a European/German sounding rocket programme, serving the microgravity programmes of ESA and DLR. The launches are conducted from Esrange in Sweden.

The first mission was conducted on 13 December 1977, using a British Skylark rocket. All missions up to TEXUS-41 in 2004 were conducted using Skylark rockets. Following the Skylark's retirement in 2005, TEXUS launches switched to the Brazilian VSB-30 rocket.

Texus Missions[edit]

Mission Date Launch site Motor Apogee Payload Modules Comments Reference Report
Texus 34 1996 Mar 2 Esrange Skylark 7 232 km 392 kg 4/DLR Esrange EUK112-9613
Texus 35 1996 Nov 24 Esrange Skylark 7 267 km 331 kg 4/(DLR+ESA) Esrange EUK114-9704
Texus 36 1998 Feb 7 Esrange Skylark 7 238 km
Texus 37 2000 Mar 27 Esrange Skylark 7 245 km 369 kg Esrange EUK130-E2
Texus 38 2000 Apr 2 Esrange Skylark 7 250 km 369 kg Parachute failed; Science OK Esrange EUK130-E2
Texus 39 2001 May 8 Esrange Skylark 7 248 km 362 kg 4/DLR Esrange EUK148-E11
Texus 40 2003 Apr 8 Esrange Skylark 7 246 km 364 kg 4/DLR Esrange EUK154-E19
Texus 41 2004 Dec 2 Esrange Skylark 7 230 km 402 kg 4/DLR Esrange EUK163-E21
Texus 42 2005 Dec 1 Esrange VSB-30 263 km 372 kg 1/DLR, 1/ESA
Texus 43 2006 May 11 Esrange VSB-30 237 km 407 kg 3/ESA Esrange EUK170-E19
Texus 44 2008 Feb 7 Esrange VSB-30 264 km 373 kg 3/ESA Esrange EUK173-E42
Texus 45 2008 Feb 21 Esrange VSB-30 264 km 357 kg 2/DLR, 1/ESA Esrange EUK174-E17
Texus 46 2009 Nov 22 Esrange VSB-30 252 km 392.9 kg 1/ESA+DLR, 1/ESA+JAXA
Texus 47 2009 Nov 29 Esrange VSB-30 263.6 km 373.5 kg 4
Texus 48 2011 Nov 30 Esrange 263 km Testing technologies for propellant handling in future European restartable cryogenic rocket upper stages. "Europe prepares new technologies for future launchers". SpaceDaily. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 

MiniTexus Missions[edit]

Mission Date Launch site Motor Apogee Payload Modules Comments Reference Report
MiniTexus 1 1993 Nov 29 Esrange Nike Orion
MiniTexus 2 1994 May 3 Esrange Nike Orion
MiniTexus 3 1995 May 2 Esrange Nike Orion 125 km 200 kg 1/DLR Successful Esrange EUK109-66
MiniTexus 4 1995 Apr 29 Esrange Nike Orion 148 km 162 kg 2/DLR Successful Esrange EUK109-66
MiniTexus 5 1998 Feb 11 Esrange Nike Orion
MiniTexus 6 1998 Dec 3 Esrange Nike Orion

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