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.
Here we had the chance to talk to one of the founding members of Dassault Systèmes: Philippe Forestier, about our student project and about Stratos III. Not only did he help the company to grow from a start-up to a global leader, he also had his influence on the name of Catia itself.
Thanks to Catia V6 and the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, the whole team can work on the rocket at the same time, which is a huge advantage. Every single part that will fly in Stratos III also exists in CATIA, which makes it a great tool not only for preliminary weight and center of gravity estimates, but also a valuable design tool for the whole team.
The weather forecast predicted a tropical summer day reaching 38°C so we decided to take a look at the outside attractions after leaving the Dassault Systèmes chalet. Big passenger aircraft like the Airbus A380, Airbus A350 and Boeing 777 and lots of other kinds of planes and jets were exhibited; the F16, F35, C130, and Dassault Rafale to name a few. Besides the earth-bound vehicles, we could also get an impression of the size of an Ariane 5 and Ariane 4 rocket.
Stijn Koehler – Chief Engineer of Stratos III in front of the Ariane 5
After our little excursion through the outside area, we turned our interest towards the companies exhibiting at the Paris Airshow. No less than 2300 different companies from 47 different countries were present at the airshow. Besides valuable new contacts, we also had the chance to meet some of our current sponsors, who have a significant impact on the development of Stratos III.
One of those companies is the German company Winkelmann MSR Technology GmbH, which had a booth in Hall 4. We took one of our team shirts as a thank you to Winkelmann. This shirt will soon hang in the main office of Winkelmann in Aachen Germany. Without the help of Winkelmann, who provide us with the flow formed aluminium tank liners, it would not be possible to have a lightweight oxidizer tank design.
In order to show the newest updates on the project, like the engine test videos or the latest renders, we took one of our new HP Tablets with us, one of many products provided to us by H&R Automatisering. This helped us not only on coming across more professional, it also gave people a better impression of how big and powerful the rockets we build are. Besides presenting, we also made some great pictures of the flight show using this tablet!
After a whole day of great impressions, the visit ended on Thursday for half of the group. The other half visited the air show on Friday as well. It has been a great opportunity and we take a lot away from this year’s Paris air show. We will make sure to participate again in 2019!