Sunday morning, November 27, at 10h10m00s local time, TEXUS 48 launched into the clear blue skies. The vehicle, the payload and the recovery all worked perfectly well. Maximum altitude reached was 263,17 km, providing 366s of ug during its approx. 13 minute flight.
The TEXUS program gives around six minutes of microgravity. The programme started in 1977 and is carried out at Esrange Space Center jointly by DLR and EADS Astrium. SSC is responsible for the launch operations. The TEXUS campaigns are sometimes financed by ESA or jointly financed by DLR and ESA.
The rocket vehicle Skylark 7 was used very successfully for the first 25 years until the motor was no longer available. The Brazilian motor VSB-30 has been used for the TEXUS programme since 2005 and will be used to launch the TEXUS 48 payload to around 270 km altitude.
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