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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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The SpaceEGGs rocket

The teams of the Small Rocket Project: Two months to EGG-nition

One small step for an egg, one giant leap for Egg-kind. Every year, Delft Aerospace Rocket Engineering (DARE) has the Small Rocket Project (SRP). During the SRP, aspiring DARE members have the opportunity to build their own rocket in a small team of 8 to 10 people. Under the supervision of their experienced mentor, they […]

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The ACT payload: The XSENS MTI-100 IMU

During the record breaking launch of the Stratos II+ rocket last October, a special payload flew on-board of the rocket. This payload proved to be very valuable for future developments within DARE especially in the field of trajectory stabilization, which is critical in our endeavor of reaching space.   Within DARE, the Advanced Control Team (ACT) […]

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The DARE team in front of the Linde Demonstration Center

Cryogenic Safety Instructions by Linde

This Friday DARE was invited to the Demonstration Center of Linde in Schiedam we were instructed on the safety and operational risks of cryogenic liquids. After the launch of Stratos II+ to 21.5 km, DARE is looking ahead to develop high performance engines which will eventually carry a successor rocket into space. However Stratos II+ […]

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GoPro still showing the engine module at drogue deployment at 21 km altitude

Our record breaking rocket

Stratos II+ took off at 16:33 CEST on the 16th of October and reached 21457 meters altitude setting a new European altitude record for amateur rocketry. We had a picture perfect flight from the El Arenosillo launch site yesterday. While we didn’t make the 50 km altitude, we did break the record and so far […]

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This is what dumping 85kg of Nitrous Oxide looks like

It’s still rocket science…

Today we attempted to launch the Stratos II+ rocket to 50 km altitude and did not succeed. While there were no major technical hiccups during the countdown, the rocket stayed in the tower after the countdown went to zero. We are currently still in investigation further root causes, but this is what we know. The […]

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We are go for launch!

Today is going to be the day, we are go for launch! We expect to launch some time after 11:00 CEST in the morning (09:00 GMT) assuming good weather conditions. Follow the launch live as we try to launch the Stratos II+ rocket to 50 km altitude. The launch countdown procedures take over 4 hours […]

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Launch delays happen

Tuesday evening we decided to delay the launch attempt for one day to Thursday the 15th. The team had worked non-stop from early in the morning trying to make the launch happen today. While the planned system tests for the day went fairly smooth, some unresolved issues were found while doing the final countdown rehearsal. It […]

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