Last night, we launched our Stratos III rocket attempting to break the European altitude record. The procedures took all night and finally around 3:30 in the morning the rocket lifted off successfully. Then, 20 seconds into the flight the rocket disintegrated. The pieces landed in the ocean within the safety zone. Together with INTA (Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial), the operator of the launch base, we’re now investigating the anomaly and the cause of the failure.
We decided to take the live stream off to give our team some peace and quiet to figure out what to do next. We now uploaded the video footage of the launch to our YouTube channel. After the rocket failure, we immediately started the safety procedures and examined the flight data. We’ve been very busy handling the situation which is the reason why we went silent on social media. Now, the official statement has been released and we gathered enough information to explain the anomaly to some extent. We will try to answer all your questions but keep in mind that we are still in the process of the investigation.
We would like to thank everyone who supported us and watched the live stream last night. It means a lot to us to have such dedicated fans of our project. Thank you for all the nice tweets and comments, thank you for believing in us!
In the end, we’re doing rocket science which is highly unpredictable and insanely difficult. We already succeeded many times, but we also failed before too. Every step-back is actually a step forward as we learn from our mistakes and keep on working. This time we didn’t reach our goal but we’re sure we will soon get back on our feet and build the next, improved Stratos.