A few days back I promised to tell a bit more about the wire-cutter test. To give a bit of background: The recovery of Stratos III makes use of a two-stage parachute system. First, a drogue chute is deployed. Afterwards, the main chute is released. The wires of the drogue chute need to be cut […]
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On the 31st of March of 2017, project Aether had to postpone its launch campaign due to a rapid unscheduled disassembly of the engine during its test on that same day. Today, the management of Aether would like to announce that Aether is still in progress and its teams are working hard to see the […]
After I made the pressure sensor, it was time for me to work on the big picture of the Stratos III electronics. See, the pressure sensor was a nice little project to get a beginner started with the tools we use; but most of the work lies in the more complex parts of the rocket […]
Last post I only talked about the Small Rocket Project, which is now officially closed. The after movie can be seen here. What I didn’t tell you last time, is that I joined the Electronics Team of DARE already! That means I am now working on Stratos III, the next flagship rocket from DARE.
It’s been a few months since I did my last post, and a lot has happened since then regarding the Small Rocket Project (SRP). Most importantly: We launched our rocket! Last week we worked through a few nights to get the rocket finished just in time. We travelled together to ASK ‘t Harde where we […]
On the road to Thrust Vectoring On June 2, the hybrid propulsion team performed three tests with an updated design of the DHX-4 `Phoenix’. Two designs aimed at a longer burn time, so that the engine could be considered for the Thrust Vectoring Minor 2017. A third concept continued on the old design philosophy with […]
When flying to high altitudes one needs a recovery system that can handle these altitudes and corresponding velocities. Not only does this system need to be able to withstand the high loads of the recovery, it also has to withstand the high dynamic pressures and temperatures.
It has been a while, but on January 3rd, 2017 the recovery team, with help of other DARE members, found themselves back in the Open Jet Facility (OJF) to test several new parachutes again. In the week before the holiday, as well as on the holiday itself, people had worked hard to complete all the […]
On the 31st of March, the members of DARE travelled once more to ASK ‘t Harde as part of the CanSat competition, organised by NEMO. For this launch day, a team of 5 DARE members created three CanSat rockets: Two CanSat V7’s that were used for the satellites and one back up. In these CanSat rockets, […]
After the launch of Stratos II+, several members of DARE were looking into the possibility of designing and building a rocket that could be used as a technology demonstrator for future project Stratos missions. The project was created and called project Aether. With the holidays around the corner, the team behind the project is working […]