Author: Douwe van Willigen

Not just another (preliminary) design review

My name is Douwe van Willigen and I am an electrical engineer in the electronics team of DARE. By now it is more than four years ago that I joined the team and I’ve gained a lot of experience in designing electronics for rockets over that time. Being part of DARE was a valuable addition…
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A modular set of rocket electronics

To provide DARE with a generic set of flight electronics, the electronics team is working on a new set of boards and accompanying software. The new design originates from the growing amount of different rockets within DARE, that all need electronics to operate. Until recently, the electronics were designed with rocket specific software. The downside is that…
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Flight Termination System

One of the key systems of the Stratos II+ rocket is the Flight Termination System (FTS). The FTS ensures a safe launch ensuring that the rocket does not fly anywhere where it is not supposed to fly. In this blog post we’ll discuss the details of the FTS. Safety ensured To ensure safety during the…
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Engine Control Electronics

My name is Douwe van Willigen and I am a member of the electronics team of DARE. Since the failed launch attempt of October 2014 we have been working hard on improving the systems in Stratos II+ to make all the systems as reliable as we can. One of the systems that we have improved a lot since last…
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