Project Stratos is the flagship project of DARE (Delft Aerospace Rocket Engineering). The project sets out to realize our ultimate dream: launching a rocket to space. Reaching Space is the ultimate ambition of a student rocketry team. It’s the equivalent to running 100 meters in 10 seconds, or a marathon in 2 hours. With reaching Space we will reclaim the European and Worldwide Amateur Rocketry Altitude Record for DARE and put us in the history books as the first student team to reach space.
In order to realize this dream, we rely on the knowledge gathered during three previous Stratos project. Stratos I, a two stage solid rocket, launched in 2009 to an altitude of 12.5 km, setting the European Altitude Record. Stratos II+, a hybrid rocket, launched in October 2015, breaking our own altitude record at 21.5km. Stratos III was launched in the summer of 2018 aiming to reclaim the altitude record that had since been taken from us. Despite the launch was not successful, an anomaly occurred 20 seconds after the launch, resulting in the loss of the vehicle, we have learned a lot.
At the end of August 2018, we have started the Stratos IV project. We are even more determined and committed to achieve our mission:
“Design, build, test and launch a rocket to space before the end of August 2019 while carrying a scientific payload onboard”.
In order to realize this ambitious goal, the Stratos IV team will build upon the existing Stratos III design. Towards the end of the Stratos III project it became apparent that the Stratos III rocket has the potential to go to space. Recognising this potential, a number of design choices and innovative new solutions will be implemented and we will be ready to launch again by August 2019.
For this year, we have a brand-new and highly motivated team of 60 engineers. The team is very diverse and international. It consists of fourteen full-time engineers, who have stopped their studies to dedicate one full year to the project. Next to this, the team consists of 46 part-time engineers, that spend on average between 10 and 15 hours a week on the project.
Stratos IV Team 2018-2019