Author: Nick van den Dungen

Aether – Launch Campaign April 2017 Postponed

Based on the outcome of the propulsion test of Friday 31-03-2017, Aether has decided that, given the current state of the project, a successful launch within one month in Poland is infeasible. After the instant disintegration of the engine during the last test, the solid rocket propulsion team has decided to reconsider the current engine…
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GBS Workshop “Design for Manufacturing”

On Friday 2nd December 2016, a group of 14 enthusiastic DARE engineers went to Gearbox Services International (GBS), to take a workshop in “Designing for Manufacturing”. GBS, a company specialized in fixing gearboxes for multiple maritime and industrial machines, helped the Stratos II+ project with the manufacturing of the parachute clamp-band-system. For project Aether, GBS…
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Solid Six Propulsion Test September 2016

On the 23rd of September 2016, the Solid Rocket Propulsion Team performed an engine test during the DARE launch day at ASK ‘t Harde. This was the second motor test in the test campaign of the DXS Asimov Engine, which is currently being designed as the propulsion system of Project Aether.  The objective of the…
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Advanced Control Team Launch September 2016

On Friday 23-09-2016 DARE performed a second successful flight with the V7S. The first flight of this rocket was in May 2016 and you can read the article on that launch here. The objective in May was to use the steerable fins (canards) on top of the rocket to keep the roll rate at zero…
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Sponsoring Lens R&D

On Tuesday 12-07-2016 DARE and Lens R&D signed a sponsoring contract, about the usage of a sun sensor for the DARE Advanced Control Team. Lens R&D, located at the ESA Business Incubation Center (BIC) in Noordwijk, focuses on the development of highly reliable sensors and systems that can be produced cost-effectively in larger quantities. Their…
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ACT Launch May 2016

On Friday 20th of May 2016 DARE wrote history when the Advanced Control Team (ACT) successfully launched the first actively stabilized rocket of the society! The objective of the launch was to control the rolling motion of the rocket, and therefore performing a complete integrated flight test of the V7S rocket, which includes testing of the hardware, flight control software,…
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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 the minor 2013/14, requested by DARE, when 12 engineering students modified an existing DARE rocket and equipped it with a Stability…
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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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XSENS MTi-100 IMU

Advanced Control Team update: the payload

Hello, my name is Marco Geurtsen and I am an Electrical Engineer in the DARE Advanced Control Team. In this blog, I will inform you about the recent activities within the ACT and DARE. The DARE society is on the edge of launching its largest project in the history of student rocketry. In October 2015,…
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Advanced Control Team Launch June 2015

My name is Marco Geurtsen, and I am an Electrical Engineer of the Advanced Control Team. On Friday the 5th of June, the Advanced Control Team successfully performed a second launch with a CanSat V7 to test the sensors of DARE’s first actively stabilized rocket, the V7S. Objective The Advanced Control Team is developing an…
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