Project Organisation

The following mentioned organisations are involved in planning, organisation and financing of the BlackBox Experiment and deserve a special mentioning:




Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt

The DLR is the main sponsor for this project.

The German centre for Aerospace Engineering (DLR = Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e. V.) is the German research centre for aerospace applications, as well as energy management, transport and safety in the field of applied fundamental research. The DLR has its headquater in Colone (GER) and can be found in further 19 national and 4 international locations. It cooperates worldwide with other research facilities and the industry to enhance the research and development of tomorrow's technologies. [cf Wikipedia]


The Swedish National Space Board

The Swedish National Space Board, SNSB, is a central governmental agency under the Ministry of Education and Research. SNSB is responsible for national and international activities relating to space and remote sensing, primarily research and development.

SNSB has three main tasks:

  • to distribute government grants for space research, technology development and remote sensing activities
  • to initiate research and development in Space and Remote Sensing areas
  • to act as Swedish contact for international co-operation

The Swedish space programme is carried out by means of extensive international cooperation, in particular through Sweden´s membership of the European Space Agency, ESA. SNSB's responsability for international activities includes the Swedish involvement in ESA as well as bilateral cooperation within space. Most of the activities funded by the Swedish National Space Board are carried out in cooperation with other countries. []


European Space Agency

The European Space Agency is an international space organisation with its headquater in Paris (F). It was founded at the 30th of May 1975 whilst the agreement concerning the foundation of a european space organisation. The foundation intended an improved coordination of the european space activities in order to compete with the former space nations of the Soviet Union and the United States in a technological manner. The ESA counts 22 participation countries and engaged around 2250 employees in 2013. The majority of the EU-Member States as well as Norway and Switzerland take part in the ESA. [cf Wikipedia]


Mobile Raketenbasis

The "mobile rocket basis" (GER: Mobile Raketenbasis) is a division of DLR Oberpfaffenhofen. Already since the 60s, MORABA is involved in scientific sounding rocket missions with unmanned rockets and balloons and develops mecanical and electric systems.

The applications for parabolic flights and low-gravity experiments range from atmospheric research, over astronomy, geophysics, materials science to hypersonic research.

For planning, preparation and execution of these altitude research projects, MORABA has developed a unique mobile infrastructure and hardware, that principially allows a rocket launch anywhere in the world within only a short amount of time. [cf]


Swedish Space Corporation

Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) is a comprehensive space company that has 40 years of experience in helping space organizations, companies and research organizations with access to space.
SSC provides specialized competence in space subsystems, space and satellite operations, rocket and balloon systems including experiment equipment, launch services, aerospace engineering services as well as airborne maritime surveillance systems. Through its wholly owned subsidiaries ECAPS and NanoSpace, SSC is also engaged in the development of environmentally friendly propulsion systems and micromechanical systems for space applications.
From its facility Esrange Space Center in Northern Sweden, SSC launches sounding rockets and high-altitude balloons for research in the areas of microgravity, astrophysics, astronomy and atmospheric studies. [Wikipedia]


Zentrum für Angewandte Raumfahrttechnologie und Mikrogravitation

The centre of applied space technology and microgravity is a scientific institute at the University of Bremen in the faculty of industrial engineering. The building itself and the connected laboratories can be found on the campus area in the "Technologiepark Bremen". Especially concise is the widely visible Laboratory of the ZARM, which inhabits the microgravity research. The Fall tower reaches nearly 150 meters into the sky. [cf Wikipedia]



The German Aerospace Centre (DLR)  and SSC cooperate in the field of sounding rocket and balloon activities. The cooperation project is named EuroLaunch. The agreement between both partners was signed December 8th 2003 at Esrange Space Center. Both organisations have provided launch operation services to scientists and space organisations in Europe and worldwide since the late sixties. The EuroLaunch agreement strengthens the existing cooperation between DLR and SSC.

DLR and SSC are well equipped for supporting most types of sounding rocket and balloon missions using Esrange Space Center, the SSC launch facilitiy, as the prime range or any other worldwide location depending on the scientific mission requirements. Esrange is located north of the Arctic Circle near Kiruna in northern Sweden. It provides systems and capabilities for the launch of sounding rockets and stratospheric balloons. A unique land impact area of 5200 square kilometers offers an economical advantage for recovery and re-flight of experiments. []


Rocket and Baloon Experiments for University Students

The REXUS/BEXUS programme allows students from universities and higher education colleges across Europe to carry out scientific and technological experiments on research rockets and balloons. Each year, two rockets and two balloons are launched, carrying up to 20 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. []


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