Author: Fabio Kerstens

Persbericht: CanSat Lanceerdagen Maart 2019

Op 29 maart, hebben studenten van de Technische Universiteit in Delft twee zelfgebouwde raketten gelanceerd, de CanSat V7, voor de Nederlandse CanSat competitie. De voertuigen zijn gelanceerd vanuit ASK ‘t Harde in Gelderland, in samenwerking met NEMO, ESERO en Defensie. De eerste lancering met zes satellieten gebouwd door middelbare scholieren ging volgens het boekje en…
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Multistage Rocketry

Launching in May of this year will be the DAREdevil rocket, a new project aimed at developing and flight-testing technologies for future Stratos missions. The first iteration of the rocket, developed by our team of 11 students, will test three important new technologies: rocket staging, in-flight ignition and a fairing separation of the nosecone. Amidst…
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MSc Thesis on KNO3-Sugar propellants

For his Master of Science (MSc) Thesis of Delft University of Technology, on of our senior members Martin Olde conducted research on KNO3-sugar based propellants. These propellants, also known as rocket candy, form a group of simple, cheap and safe solid propellants that are used extensively in student and amateur rocketry communities. One of the…
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Roll Control System Stratos IV

After the flight of the Stratos III sounding rocket, a team was instated to investigate the cause of the anomaly that occurred. After a thorough investigation, the team concluded that the rocket suffered from a phenomenon called inertial roll coupling. This coupling is inherent to all flying vehicles with a slender profile, such as sounding…
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Supersonic Speed Estimation

When flying a rocket, it is very important to know the velocity of the vehicle throughout the flight phase. Unlike measuring speed on a bike or a car, a rocket moves very quickly through the atmosphere, making a proper speed estimation a challenge. Despite, our structures department managed to develop a supersonic pitot tube, which…
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Testing Parachutes

Before a parachute can fly on one of our flagship missions it needs to be thoroughly tested. This blog dives into the testing that is done by the Parachute Research Group (PRG) and will give an explanation of why tests are being done. It is important that the tests represent the envelope in which the…
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Introducing the Parachute Research Group

The DARE parachute research group (PRG) was founded in February 2018 when the DARE and Stratos Recovery teams merged. The merger allowed for the resources to be better used and as the goals of the teams were close together the merger was smooth. Before the merger, the DARE recovery team was mainly working on Aether…
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Project Management in Stratos IV

A project like Stratos faces many challenges. Some of them are technical, but a lot of the challenges we face are different. As most of the team members are technical students, we are usually able to solve most technical problems. We are far less educated in management and other non-technical tasks. Considering the fact that…
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Third Anniversary Stratos II+

Today marks the third anniversary of the successful launch of our Stratos II+ rocket. On October 16th 2015 Stratos II+ flew to an altitude on 21.5 km, thereby breaking the European altitude record for student rockets. This achievement was the culmination of many new technical innovations and operational successes which are still with us today.…
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Looking Back at the Stratos IV Kick-Off Weekend

My name is Mohammad Fazaeli and I am part of the Stratos IV non-tech team. I am currently studying Aerospace Engineering at TU Delft and am in the 2nd year of my Bachelors. I joined this project because I wanted the experience of working in this exciting field. In this blog, I will take a…
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