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Day 5, Reunion and transmitters

Last night the last four members of our team arrived at Esrange. They also brought some extra tools and parts. The most important things they brought were the two transmitter boards. These are the final hardware parts which are part of the flight computer. The transmitter boards will send all the data from the Stratos…
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Day 4, Flight sequence review and balloons

Today we performed the flight sequence review. To prevent measurement errors in the electronics from setting the next flight-event prematurely (like sustainer ignition or parachute deployment), all the events have to happen during a certain time. For example the sustainer will only be ignited between 4.4 and 5.2 seconds after liftoff. During the flight sequence…
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Day 3, Closets and updates

Today we attached the last part of the tower. The guide rail is now attached to the truss and the tower is ready for the rocket. Unfortunately we still have to wait for the REXUS 6 to launch before we can begin with the preparation of the rocket motors. Another very important problem we solved…
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Day 2, Setting up the tower

Today we set up the tower in the Maxus building. This is the building from which the Maxus rockets are fired. Our rocket feels a bit small compared to the eighteen meters tall mockup of the Maxus. These giants fly to 700 km. Also the tower of the Maxus is gigantic compared to our six…
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Day 1, First meetings and setting up shop

Today we woke up in a comfortable hotel bed. Today is the day of meeting all the people of Esrange and having meetings with them for the first time. Mark, Hein, Eric en Martijn had the honor of having the first meeting, but at a price. The alarm was set at six in the morning…
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Arrival at Kiruna

After a two day journey the Stratos crew arrived at Esrange. The journey was almost entirely by train and led via Copenhagen, Stockholm and Boden to Kiruna. The part from Kiruna to Esrange was an hour trip by van over snowy roads. After arrival by CityNightLine early in Copenhagen in the morning, here was time…
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Stratos team departs to Kiruna

Today the Stratos team will depart by train for a today journey that will lead them to the launch facility at Esrange. The train trip will lead through Germany, Denmark and through entire Sweden. This trip will take two days and the expected date of arrival is 2 March. Meanwhile, the first part of the…
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DARE unveils Stratos rocket

On February the 18th Delft Aerospace Rocket Engineering presented the Stratos rocket which is going to break the European altitude record for amateur rockets when it is launched at Esrange Spaceport in North-Sweden coming March. The rocket was unveiled by the Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of Delft University of Technology after the…
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Sponsor contract Dutch Space

Today Dutch Space signed the presenting sponsor contract for Stratos, making Dutch Space the main sponsor of project Stratos. Thanks to the commitment of Dutch Space to support innovation the Stratos team will be able to launch at Esrange coming March. With this sponsorship we hope to interest youth and students in the field of…
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