Intergalactic Sponsors

Air Liquide is a multinational company which supplies industrial gases and services to various industries including medical, chemical and electronic manufacturers. Air Liquide sponsors DARE with the Nitrous Oxide required for testing and launch of the Stratos III rocket. Furthermore, Air Liquide provides DARE with Liquid Oxygen and storage dewars for cryogenic rocket motor development.

Airbus is an international pioneer in the aerospace industry. They are a leader in designing, manufacturing and delivering aerospace products, services and solutions to customers on a global scale. They aim for a better-connected, safer and more prosperous world. Airbus and previously the Airbus Defence and Space branch in Leiden is supporting Project Stratos since 2009, making them the oldest supporter!

ArianeGroup is one of the leaders in the European rocket industry as the primary contractor for the manufacturing of Europe's Ariane V launch vehicle. ArianeGroup also provides commercial launch services through its subsidiary Arianespace and is the principal contractor for the development of Europe's new Ariane 6 rocket. It is therefore no surprise that ArianeGroup supports project Stratos, one of the leading student rocket projects in Europe.

Teijin Aramid is the global leader in Aramid technology. Their materials - Twaron and Technora - are used in the drogue parachutes of Stratos and Aether. The Aramids have the advantage of high ultimate strength and thermal stability which is needed at the high velocities.

APP develops and manufactures ignition systems for space launchers. Those launchers are invaluable, both for science as well as for our daily lives. Navigation, weather forecasts, telecom and disaster control can hardly be done without satellites. Rockets bring satellites to their destination: in orbit around the earth. APP supports project Stratos and DARE with valuable knowledge on propulsion systems.

Delft University of Technology, also known as TU Delft, is the largest and oldest Dutch public technical university, located in Delft, Netherlands. With eight faculties and numerous research institutes, it hosts over 19,000 students (undergraduate and postgraduate), more than 3,300 scientists and more than 2,200 people in the support and management staff.

Orbital Sponsors

National Instruments provides solutions that help project Stratos improve their engine. Using the technology of National Instruments we are able to closely monitor the engine during its burn and make design changes based on the data. Due to the combination of a realtime processor, FPGA architecture and LabVIEW we are able to use the same hardware also in the ground system that supports and monitors the rocket right until the moment it lifts off.

ERIKS is an international industrial service provider offering a wide range of high-quality mechanical engineering components and associated technical and logistics services. ERIKS helps DARE in the development of a cryogenic rocket engine.

For more than 75 years, Jeveka is the leading specialist in fasteners and tools. Jeveka supplies fasteners and advice to DARE. The Stratos III rocket will be held together using high-quality fasteners provided by Jeveka.

H&R is one of the leading full-service IT companies, providing a wealth of IT services such as: hardware selection and implementation, installation, and maintenance. Together with HP Inc. they joined us in our quest to space by providing us with HP-workstations, monitors, tablets and other HP devices such as the HP Elite x3.

Winkelmann MSR Technology is a renowned supplier for the production of rotation-symmetrical components in the metal spinning and flow-forming procedures. Winkelmann MSR Technology provides the Stratos III rocket with a thin-walled aluminium liner for the composite oxidizer tank.

StuD is a temporary employment agency led by and created for students from the TU Delft. Besides connecting students to jobs, they also fund innovative, entrepreneurial projects by local students. StuD has helped Stratos III to make the launch campaign possible thanks to their financial support.

TNO is a major player in a growing international network comprised of leading scientific institutes, companies with ambitious development profiles, universities and other partners in knowledge. The knowledge TNO develops, integrates, will make applicable and puts into practice will only have value if we can use it to have a real social and economic impact. The Stratos III 'Nimbus' engine was tested at TNO facilities in Rijswijk.

NXP is a market leader in the field of development and production of semiconductor devices, such as sensors, amplifier chips but also microcontrollers. Stratos electronics, such as the flight computer and engine control unit, are all based on multiple NXP microcontrollers. These microcontrollers make the rocket fully autonomous. Due to the support of NXP, we can make Project Stratos a success.

3D Systems provides the most advanced and comprehensive 3D digital design and fabrication solutions available today, including 3D printers, print materials and on-demand custom parts. 3D Systems has capabilities to print plastics, metals, ceramics, and edibles. For Stratos III their Customer Innovation Center helped the team with consulting and printing the lightweight titanium nozzle, saving almost 50% weight!

Oerlikon Metco is a market leader in advanced materials, thick-layer surface technologies and turbine component solutions with a global presence and firmly anchored position in the aerospace, power generation, automotive and industrial markets. For the Stratos III project Oerlikon Metco supplied the materials for the additively manufactured nozzles, provided technical consulting about thermal barrier coatings and applied these coatings to the additively manufactured rocket nozzles.

With over 50 years of experience MT Aerospace is a well-respected international aerospace company, providing critical parts to Europe's launcher and satellite industry. For example, MT Aerospace provides many critical components for Europe's Ariane 5 launcher such as the tank domes and the booster casings.

Hypersonic Sponsors

Xsens is the leading innovator in 3D motion tracking technology and products. Its sensor fusion technologies enable a seamless interaction between the physical and the digital world in consumer devices and professional applications such as 3D character animation, motion analysis, and industrial control & stabilization.

Dassault Systèmes provides the project Stratos team with the latest CATIA on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Furthermore, Abaqus is used to do Finite Element Analyses (FEA) on the most critical parts of the rocket.

Gurit has established itself as a developer and innovator in the composites industry and positioned itself as the leading global supplier of composite materials, engineering services, tooling equipment, and select parts and systems. Gurit sponsors the Stratos III project with carbon fiber and glass fiber prepregs in order to build a rocket that is as lightweight as possible.

Inholland Composites links research to themes that are relevant and current in the world surrounding us. They facilitate technical and sustainable driven projects made by students. The philosophy of the projects starts from the perspective proof of principle, proof of concept and proof of product. They provided valuable knowledge on composite structures towards DARE and manufactured the propulsion carbon fiber fairing for Project Aether.

SES is the world-leading satellite operator with more than 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 12 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). The company is the first to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide. It provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators, governments and institutions. SES is a valuable partner of the Stratos III project, financially supporting its development.

During the flight of Stratos III, different electronic systems need to work together and communicate with each other. The harsh conditions during the flight require high quality cables and connectors. Capable develops customer-specific specialty cables and connectors, especially for high-tech environments. Capable helps Stratos by making the cables and connectors of the Stratos III rocket.

As a leading supplier of technical components and comprehensive solution provider for a wide range of industries, Angst+Pfister has been ensuring business continuity and serving the world’s leading manufacturers for over 90 years. Angst+Pfister is supplying the cryogenic team with sealing solutions for their cryogenic liquid oxygen tank.

ANSYS is the global leader in engineering simulation. They help the world’s most innovative companies deliver radically better products to their customers. The Stratos III team is using ANSYS Fluent to perform a CFD analysis on the combustion chamber.

Septentrio designs, manufactures and sells highly accurate GPS/GNSS receivers, for demanding applications requiring accuracies in the decimeter or centimeter range, even under difficult conditions. Septentrio provides the Stratos III rocket with a highly accurate GNSS receiver.

Altium Designer is used by our electronics team to design our printed circuit boards (PCB). By incorporating all the tools we need into a single, stress-free user interface, Altium Designer dramatically increases our design successes, while reducing overall design times.

Teesing offers total solutions for (high-tech) applications that relieve demanding customers and enable them to continuously meet the demands of their market. Teesing offers a complete package of products and services related to the transport, of gases and liquids from the source to process. Teesing sponsors DARE with components and design advice.

Airborne combines know-how of process automation with experience in hands-on manufacturing of composite parts. This way Airborne is able to commission bespoke machines, to manufacture composite structures for the aerospace market at low cost. Airborne produces the Stratos III composite oxidizer tanks.

Science [&] Technology Corporation (S[&]T) creates R&D Solutions for Space, Science and Defence. S[&]T'ers in their offices in The Netherlands and Norway are hard at work, sensing problems and developing solutions. They specialise in Sensing and Control Systems, Scientific Data Processing, Intelligent Software Applications, and Technical R&D Consulting.

Supersonic Sponsors