Category Archives: Advanced Control Team


Project Aether kickoff: The launch site is set!

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 […]

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Lens R&D

Sponsoring Lens R&D

On Tuesday 12-07-2016 DARE and Lens R&D signed a sponsoring contract, about the usage of a sun sensor for the DARE Advanced Control Team. Lens R&D, located at the ESA Business Incubation Center (BIC) in Noordwijk, focuses on the development of highly reliable sensors and systems that can be produced cost-effectively in larger quantities. Their […]

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ACT with the V7S rocket after a successful roll-stabilized flight

ACT Launch May 2016

On Friday 20th of May 2016 DARE wrote history when the Advanced Control Team (ACT) successfully launched the first actively stabilized rocket of the society! The objective of the launch was to control the rolling motion of the rocket, and therefore performing a complete integrated flight test of the V7S rocket, which includes testing of the hardware, flight control software, […]

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The Canard system is currently being assembled into the rocket

DARE’s first actively stabilized launch

In the first weekend of April 2016, DARE will write history when they will launch the first actively stabilized rocket of the society. The Advanced Control Team (ACT) started in September 2013 during the DARE Minor, when 12 engineering students modified an existing DARE rocket and equipped it with a Stability Augmentation System (SAS), which […]

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Advanced Control Team

Introduction Pre-2014, DARE rockets were passively stabilized, with fin size and location balanced such that the rocket turns into the wind once it clears the tower. As a consequence, medium to high crosswinds can severely limit the altitude a rocket can achieve. In 2013 the Advanced Control Team (ACT) was born with as objective to […]

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