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The navigation of Stratos III

Project Stratos began as a way for students to break boundaries and eventually reach space. This July Stratos III will launch from Spain, having as a main objective to break the European amateur rocketry altitude record. Breaking this altitude record means that DARE will be a step closer to reaching space with a rocket designed […]

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How to rehearse a rocket launch

On the 26th of May 2018, the second dress rehearsal of Stratos III took place. Dress rehearsals are intended to simulate the actual launch of the rocket as closely as possible without actually launching anything. To this end, the rocket was assembled and placed on the launch tower for the first time and the team […]

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Live Stream from a Flying Rocket

Having a working video stream from the rocket involved quite some small tests and calculation before we knew how to implement the system software and hardware wise. In the past, we’ve used GoPro’s as cameras in the rocket, which turned out to be a nightmare control-wise. This year, we are using four RunCams (a different […]

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Testing Stratos III sub-components

In order to make our rocket, we don’t just need to design and make our components, we also need to test them. TNO is an independent research organization in the Netherlands, stimulating technology and innovation across a wide range of fields. They have offered us a place near the TU Delft where we can test […]

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Rocket Science for Beginners

The last period has been extremely exciting. I had the amazing chance to join DARE for the Small Rocket Project (SRP) project, during which we were given the task to design, build and launch a small rocket. The primary mission was to launch an egg to 1km altitude, and retrieving it back safely. On top […]

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High Precision Components

While most components of our rocket are built by our own engineers in the D:Dream hall, some components require such high precision that it is not possible for us to make them ourselves. For two of these high-precision components Precimax is helping us by offering their expertise and machinery. Precimax is a Dutch company specialized […]

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The fifth wind tunnel campaign of DARE

On the 15th and 16th of March, the Parachute Research Group (PRG) of DARE performed its fifth wind tunnel test campaign. This wind tunnel campaign had two major test goals, which are the following: To accept the Stratos flight hardware To test reefing on cross parachutes The first goal was to determine if the new […]

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