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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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Launch T – 6 Days

Today the focus of the blog post will be on the flight termination system (FTS) of the Stratos III rocket. We decided to tell you more about this component as just today we found out the delivery of FTS is delayed which significantly influences our plans for the launch. We initially planned to launch the […]

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Launch T – 7 Days

Today we assembled the flight separation system and the recovery system. This means two key systems have been delivered for flight and our team is that much closer to being ready for the launch. The separation system is a relatively small part of the rocket however, throughout the year it turned to be a significant headache. […]

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Launch T – 8 days

The launch is getting near, and almost everybody has arrived at the launch site in Spain. Some of the team have been at the launch site for over a week now, and we are making serious progress. The final assembly of the rocket started today, in order to be ready for the dress rehearsal tomorrow. […]

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