Launch Campaign Stratos III

On July 26th at 3:30 am, students from the Delft University of Technology, using a self-built rocket – the Stratos III – attempted to beat the European student altitude record and reach the threshold of space. 20 seconds into the flight the rocket disintegrated above the ocean. The team, together with INTA (Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial), the launch range provider, is currently investigating the anomaly and the cause of the failed attempt.

Rockets are inherently dangerous vehicles. This is the reason why project Stratos collaborated with a commercial launch site with more than 60 years of experience with experimental aerospace research. Together DARE and INTA are investigating the anomaly that occurred during flight. Once more information is available, this will be communicated via our website and social media. In addition, a review is made of the safety precautions that were taken. Safety is the single most important constraint and, even though the safety zone is very large, it remains very difficult to predict the spread of debris. Directly after the attempt the team, together with INTA has made sure that the launch was conducted with a safe outcome.

Video footage from the launch can be seen in the video below:


Keep up to date

Keep up to date about our forensic analysis regarding the Stratos III flight anomaly via our website, or social media.

Find out our latest tweets here:

Yesterday we visited our partner @TeijinAramid where we discussed the use of their aramids for the structures and recovery system of the #StratosIV rocket. We thank Teijin for hosting us and look forward to a fruitful collaboration! #JoinUsInSpace daretudelft photo

Starting November 20 2018 the DHX-400 'Nimbus' hybrid #rocket will be reignited for the #StratosIV test campaign. In the meanwhile, this footage of a previous test shows a unique flow phenomena called Mach diamonds. How many do you count? #JoinUsInSpace

Yesterday our Parachute Research Group performed tests with their new #parachute designs in the Open Jet Facility #windtunnel of @AETUDelft . Results are promising for the future! daretudelft photo

Today you could find us at the #openday of @AETUDelft. Did you miss us today? You can also find us on the Monday open day at the faculty of Aerospace Engineering in the main hall! daretudelft photo

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