Author Archives: Weronika Dziarnowska

Stratos III Failure

Last night, we launched our Stratos III rocket attempting to break the European altitude record. The procedures took all night and finally around 3:30 in the morning the rocket lifted off successfully. Then, 20 seconds into the flight the rocket disintegrated. The pieces landed in the ocean within the safety zone. Together with INTA (Instituto […]

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Launch T – 2 days (Hold day 1)

The biggest news of today is the change in our launch date. We were planning to have our first launch attempt this Friday but due to external reasons we were forced to move it to Tuesday July 24th at 20:00 CEST. The reason for rescheduling is the delayed delivery of the flight termination receiver, which […]

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Actively controlled rocket

You may have heard of Project Stratos, DARE’s flagship and main project. However, that’s not the only project DARE has. Within the society, multiple teams work on their own ideas and projects. As part of the Advanced Control Team, or ACT for short, I work on writing software for the control and recovery of the […]

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Filling up a rocket engine

To fill up your car with fuel you just go to your nearest petrol station. Unfortunately, it is a bit harder for a rocket. In this post we will explain a bit how the Stratos III engine works and how we fill it. Stratos III uses a hybrid propulsion system which has a solid part […]

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Launch T – 3 Days

The engineers of our electronics department have been testing a lot today – with the most important test being the flight termination system partial test. This was done in cooperation with the Spanish Aerospace Agency INTA who provides us with the launch facility in the south of Spain. The stakes were high because in case […]

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Launch T – 4 Days

After yesterday’s dress rehearsal, today we measured the mass of the rocket and the location of its center of gravity. We need this information to determine the stability coefficient of the rocket to ensure the rocket is passively stable. In order to find the center of gravity, we assembled the whole rocket and hoisted it […]

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Launch T – 5 Days

Today was the first dress rehearsal at the launch site, El Arensillo! This a major milestone before the launch next Friday. The primary purpose of the dress rehearsal is to review procedures and find any problems in advance so that they can be solved before the actual launch attempt. While we have practiced these procedures […]

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