Category: Electronics

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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Making the Data Control Unit for Stratos III

After ordering the Recovery Board, I immediately started working on the next thing: The Data Control Unit (DCU). This piece of electronics hardware will also be a part of the flight computer. It will take control over and manage a big part of the data-flow in the flight computer. DCU will also decide on what…
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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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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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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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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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