Author Archives: Christ Akkermans

Our record breaking rocket

Stratos II+ took off at 16:33 CEST on the 16th of October and reached 21457 meters altitude setting a new European altitude record for amateur rocketry. We had a picture perfect flight from the El Arenosillo launch site yesterday. While we didn’t make the 50 km altitude, we did break the record and so far […]

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It’s still rocket science…

Today we attempted to launch the Stratos II+ rocket to 50 km altitude and did not succeed. While there were no major technical hiccups during the countdown, the rocket stayed in the tower after the countdown went to zero. We are currently still in investigation further root causes, but this is what we know. The […]

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We are go for launch!

Today is going to be the day, we are go for launch! We expect to launch some time after 11:00 CEST in the morning (09:00 GMT) assuming good weather conditions. Follow the launch live as we try to launch the Stratos II+ rocket to 50 km altitude. The launch countdown procedures take over 4 hours […]

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Launch delays happen

Tuesday evening we decided to delay the launch attempt for one day to Thursday the 15th. The team had worked non-stop from early in the morning trying to make the launch happen today. While the planned system tests for the day went fairly smooth, some unresolved issues were found while doing the final countdown rehearsal. It […]

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Capsule and recovery

Like most rockets, the Stratos II+ does not only consist of an engine, it also houses some payloads. These are located in the upper segment of the rocket, which is called the capsule. The capsule protects both the electronics and the payloads and is responsible for recovery of the rocket after launch. Protection The main […]

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