Last week a group of 8 DARE members attended the 52nd edition of the Paris airshow. This was the first time a large group went to such an event. We arrived early on Thursday morning since we were invited by Dassault Systèmes for a visit at their chalet.
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 […]
Our biggest yet. On the fortunately warm summer day of Wednesday the 24th of May at 16:00, Project Stratos unveiled their new design for DARE’s next successor to their previous record-breaking rocket, StratosII+. To start off the event, the after-movie of the StratosII+ launch campaign depicted the pure excitement and childlike curiosity in the members […]
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 […]
Based on the outcome of the propulsion test of Friday 31-03-2017, Aether has decided that, given the current state of the project, a successful launch within one month in Poland is infeasible. After the instant disintegration of the engine during the last test, the solid rocket propulsion team has decided to reconsider the current engine […]
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, […]
Next week, on the 31st of March, DARE will be organising the launch day for the Dutch CanSat competition of 2017. In this event, DARE will launch several so-called CanSats (can-sized “satellites”) built by teams of Dutch high school students to one kilometer altitude after which they will be deployed from the rocket and descend on […]
Electronics design within DARE used to be done by designing and implementing electronics focused on the specific hardware needs for each of our projects. We found this to be an inefficient and error-prone way of providing the necessary electronics for each of DARE’s projects. An alternative to this project-specific way of working was presented last […]