Category: Aether

Producing the Modular Electronics

Electronics design within DARE used to be done by designing and implementing electronics focused on the specific hardware needs for each of our projects. We found this to be an inefficient and error-prone way of providing the necessary electronics for each of DARE’s projects. An alternative to this project-specific way of working was presented last…
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Aether: Roll-out of our First Actively-Stabilised Supersonic Rocket!

On the 6th of March 2017, the Aether team met the public eye as their blood, sweat and tears invested in their actively stabilised supersonic rocket is presented by Nick van den Dungen. The event itself took place at the Aula on TU Delft campus grounds. The attendees ranged from investors, to interested members within…
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Project Aether kickoff: The launch site is set!

After the launch of Stratos II+, several members of DARE were looking into the possibility of designing and building a rocket that could be used as a technology demonstrator for future project Stratos missions. The project was created and called project Aether. With the holidays around the corner, the team behind the project is working…
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New parachute designs tested in TU Delft OJF

On October 20th, the Capsule and Recovery team spend 14 hours in the Open Jet Facility (OJF) of the TU Delft. The aim for the team was to get a more thorough understanding of the stability of cross-shaped parachutes and the shock loads that occur during deployment. To test this, the team worked tirelessly in…
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New recovery systems tested by Capsule and Recovery

On the 23th of September, the Capsule and Recovery team launched a modified CanSat rocket, called the V7M, to test multiple new systems for Aether. During this launch day, almost every aspect of project Aether was tested, including the engine, active stabilisation system and the recovery system. The Capsule and Recovery team handled one of…
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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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Aether Launch Campaign Update

Delft Aerospace Rocket Engineering (DARE) aims to launch Project Aether, a technology demonstrator for future DARE spaceflight featuring active aerodynamic stabilization and high-speed parachute deployment, in the first half of 2017. Since the deadline is only a few months away, the Aether launch campaign department started its work on non-technical related tasks, such as logistics,…
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First mortar deployment test successful

While the record breaking Stratos II+ launch of October 2015 was a huge success for DARE, there was also one disappointment: not all parts of the rocket came back safely to Earth. The capsule, with the important data, landed safely by a parachute but the oxidizer tank and engine did not. Later it was found…
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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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