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Launch T – 5 Days

Today was the first dress rehearsal at the launch site, El Arensillo! This a major milestone before the launch next Friday. The primary purpose of the dress rehearsal is to review procedures and find any problems in advance so that they can be solved before the actual launch attempt. While we have practiced these procedures…
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Launch T – 6 Days

Today the focus of the blog post will be on the flight termination system (FTS) of the Stratos III rocket. We decided to tell you more about this component as just today we found out the delivery of FTS is delayed which significantly influences our plans for the launch. We initially planned to launch the…
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Launch T – 7 Days

Today we assembled the flight separation system and the recovery system. This means two key systems have been delivered for flight and our team is that much closer to being ready for the launch. The separation system is a relatively small part of the rocket however, throughout the year it turned to be a significant headache.…
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Engine Bay of Stratos III – Part II

In this second part of our 2 part series on the engine bay, we’ll be talking about all of the systems that can be found in the engine bay. All of the systems that control the engine are inside here, so there is a lot to see. In the very middle of the engine bay…
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Launch T – 8 days

The launch is getting near, and almost everybody has arrived at the launch site in Spain. Some of the team have been at the launch site for over a week now, and we are making serious progress. The final assembly of the rocket started today, in order to be ready for the dress rehearsal tomorrow.…
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Engine Bay of Stratos III – Part I

The engine bay is one of the most critical components, though it is quickly overlooked. In this series of 2 blogposts we’ll be taking a look at how it works and what’s inside. In this first part we’ll look at what makes up the engine bay, while in the second part some of the most…
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The navigation of Stratos III

Project Stratos began as a way for students to break boundaries and eventually reach space. This July Stratos III will launch from Spain, having as a main objective to break the European amateur rocketry altitude record. Breaking this altitude record means that DARE will be a step closer to reaching space with a rocket designed…
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Dealing with extremely high temperatures in rockets

The exhaust stream of a rocket engine is an incredibly extreme environment. At velocities several times the speed of sound, temperatures in excess of 2000 °C in a gas stream loaded with small abrasive aluminium oxide particles, this is a severely hostile environment for any commonly used aerospace material. For this reason, in the past…
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How to rehearse a rocket launch

On the 26th of May 2018, the second dress rehearsal of Stratos III took place. Dress rehearsals are intended to simulate the actual launch of the rocket as closely as possible without actually launching anything. To this end, the rocket was assembled and placed on the launch tower for the first time and the team…
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Stratos III is almost finished!!

A year and a half worth of work will finally be shown on the 16th of July.  Our very own Stratos III will be launched this summer at INTA, Spain. With launch fast approaching, the teams are working hard to meet all the deadlines. The propulsion team have been hard at work testing out their…
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