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Successful Single Grain Icarus Tests

On the October DARE test day, the solid propulsion team had the first successful tests of the DXS (DARE eXperimental Solid) Icarus engine development. The DXS Icarus engine was designed for implementation in Project Aether, one of DARE’s flagship projects. Aether is one of our research vehicles, designed to reach supersonic speeds whilst only flying […]

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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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Stratos III Failure

Last night, we launched our Stratos III rocket attempting to break the European altitude record. The procedures took all night and finally around 3:30 in the morning the rocket lifted off successfully. Then, 20 seconds into the flight the rocket disintegrated. The pieces landed in the ocean within the safety zone. Together with INTA (Instituto […]

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Launch T-1 Day

Pressure is rising with only 24 hours to go before the first launch attempt. Today we checked out all our electronic systems for interference by means of an electromagnetic compatibility test. This in simple terms is just turning all your transmitting and receiving systems on and verifying if they all still work. Other than checking […]

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Launch T-2 Days (Hold Day 3)

Today, exactly 49 years after the historic moon landing of Apollo 11, we successfully performed our first full dress rehearsal in Spain together with INTA. Early in the morning, we placed the rocket on the cart and transported it to the pad. Our photographer Jurriaan Brobbel made an amazing group picture of us, the INTA […]

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