Last Monday (the 14th of May) representatives of DARE visited a social event organised by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) at the faculty of Aerospace Engineering in Delft.
The event was organised by the AIAA in the Netherlands by an organisation member who was traveling through the Netherlands. There are around 150 members of the AIAA in the country and it was for them a rare chance to visit an event so close by home. A number of DARE members are also part of the organisation after they presented a paper on the Joint Propulsion Conference last year in California on the hybrid rocket engine design for Stratos II (read about that story here).
The event took place near the Simona flight simulator of the faculty. This great machine harbors a cockpit suited for two ‘pilots’ who can fly an aircraft in a simulation and will move in three dimensions so to give the persons on board the feeling they are flying a real craft.