Today, November 23, BEXUS 11 was successfully launched at 08:19 UTC.
First week in October around 50 space students from different countries in Europe arrived to Esrange Space Center to participate in the balloon campaigns BEXUS 10 and BEXUS 11. The first flight, BEXUS 10 was successfully launched on October 9. BEXUS 11 was planned to be launched on October 11 but was cancelled due to strong wind.
CASS-E, the Cranfield Astrobiological Stratospheric Sampling Experiment that flew on the stratospheric balloon BEXUS-10 in October 2010, will fly again on-board BEXUS-11 in November 2010 from the Swedish Arctic circle.
The BEXUS programme allows students from universities and higher education colleges across Europe to carry out scientific and technological experiments on research balloons. Each year, two balloons are launched, carrying up to 20 experiments designed and built by student teams. BEXUS experiments are lifted by a balloon with a volume of 12 000 m³ to a maximum altitude of 35 km, depending on total experiment mass (40-100 kg). The flight duration is 2-5 hours. There is a similar student programme for rockets called REXUS.
The students at BEXUS 10 and 11 form 7 team and they are posting blog entries, photos and videos during the campaign:
This team is also planning to make a live webcast of the launch.
Read more about REXUS and BEXUS here.
Read more on the student web site here.