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Scientific Results And Accomplishments Of The TEXUS Programme
Published 1984 · Engineering
Abstract Experimental research under microgravity conditions was initiated in Germany in 1976 with the TEXUS sounding rocket programme (Technologische Experimente unter Schwerelosigkeit). Skylark 7 rockets with a Goldfinch Ilc first stage and a Raven XI second stage are used, providing free fall conditions with g-levels −4 g for approx. 360 s with payloads of ca 350 kg. Seven payloads have been launched in the meantime. With one exception all flights were nominal and more than 90% of the experiment hardware performed as programmed. The total number of experiments conducted amounts to 70, approx. 110 samples have been processed and 20 motion pictures of process were taken during flight. The focus of interest has been in the following areas: metals and composites, fluid mechanics, capillarity, electrolysis, diffusion and technology developments. An overview of the experiments performed is presented and some of the relevant results are presented.