TU Delft students break the European altitude record for amateur rockets

Oct

17

2015

Students from TU Delft on Friday successfully launched their home-built rocket. The rocket reached an altitude of about 21 kilometers, which allows them to break the European altitude record for amateur rockets.

Thursday proved impossible to launch the missile, but the attempt failed or Friday. The Stratos II + reached a height of 21 kilometers, which was broken the European record of the Stratos I. Stratos I, also of TU Delft, in 2009 reached an altitude of 12.3 kilometers. Ultimately, the goal of the student 100 kilometers to pick up. After 11 minutes, the capsule of the rocket to the earth again. The Stratos II + reached a top speed of 2545 km / h.

DARE Stratos II +

The 130 students of Delft Aerospace Rocket Engineering, or DARE, like the Stratos II + reach a height of fifty kilometers. They also already working on Stratos III, which the Kármán line, which serves as the boundary between the Earth’s atmosphere and space, must transcend. That line is 100 kilometers.

The rocket is nearly seven meters long, 185 kilos and used nitrous oxide, N 2 O, as oxidant, while the fuel for the hybrid motor is made ​​of sorbitol, paraffin and aluminum. The rocket achieved in 0.9 seconds at a speed of 100 kilometers per hour. The launch took place in Spain.

DARE Stratos II +

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