Category Archives: Stratos II hybrid propulsion

Upcoming hardware tests for Stratos II+ in cooperation with TNO

With the redesign work of Stratos II+ nearly finished, the propulsion and capsule teams are working hard to prepare two upcoming test campaigns. Both teams will conduct their test at the facilities of TNO, the leading Dutch organization in the field of applied physics research. The capsule team will start the test phase with vibration […]

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Launch Campaign Stratos II Day 7

Last night has been a very stressful night for the engineers of Stratos II. The capsule team stayed up until 4:00 in the morning to perform final integration of the electronics inside the capsule section. Luckily the other engineers who did have a good night sleep made a delicious breakfast to start the day well. […]

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Technical Blog: Launch Safety (part two)

A rocket, more so than other vehicles, is subject to extensive safety requirements and procedures. In part two of this technical blogpost we will discuss how safety considerations determine the countdown and flight of Stratos II. A certain trajectory Stratos II is an unmanned vehicle, as such it could just deploy its parachute on a […]

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Launch Campaign Stratos II Day 6

With only one day left until the launch, today was supposed to be a very stressful day. After a tasty breakfast with bacon and eggs, the team started very early this morning to get all the subsystems ready for integration into the rocket. However, at about 10:00 (CEST) the management of the Stratos II project decided to have […]

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Stratos II Actuation Test

On Sunday the 7th of September the Stratos II launch crew conducted a test of the entire actuation system of the Stratos II rocket. This ran through the important systems demonstrating that it can handle the oxidizer as expected.  The test involved filling the rocket with the same equipment as it will be in Spain, and rehearsing and optimising […]

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Dress Rehearsal Stratos II Launch

The dress rehearsal of the Stratos II launch took place on the 28th and 29th of August 2014 inside the Dreamhal Building of the TU Delft. During the rehearsal the electronics team, capsule team and the propulsion team assembled their systems. Moreover, the launch tower set-up and the mounting of the rocket were rehearsed and […]

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