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NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2014 Dear reader, this is the first DARE newsletter that we would like to present to you. It is a small overview that aims to give you an insight on the recent developments within DARE, and specifically within Project Stratos, highlighting the main achievements and the new goals, along with the partners that support us in achieving our mission.

Let me first get you back up to speed on the status of project Stratos II by taking a quick look back on the past year. 2013 has been a very important year for the project. It got off with a flying start in January after 2012 ended with a final decision for the hybrid propulsion system to power the rocket. This meant that immediately in the first months the production of the test setup could kick off.

design of the electronics, the capsule and the payloads. Over the year we have conducted wind-tunnel tests, pressurization tests, electronic tests, and of course the spectacular tests of the hybrid rocket engine which resulted in a academic paper and a presentation at the Joint Propulsion Conference in the US. Finally, there has been more intensive contact with external parties that support our cause such as payload suppliers and launch sites. 2013 has been one amazing hurricane of activity that swept through DARE, and we hope to continue that in 2014. Rob Hermsen, Team manager Project Stratos II

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Stratos II Colour Scheme To kick-off the new year we would like to present the first concept of the Stratos II rocket colour scheme. Inspired by the clear cut black and white image of the mighty Saturn V, we want this rocket to symbolize the start of the new space age, that we as DARE want to represent.

27 NOV Engine Tests at TNO One of the major highlights were of course the rocket engine tests we conducted at TNO in Rijswijk. This fantastic facility is perfect for the development and testing of this kind of rocket engines. As you could

however read on or website, not all tests went fine yet, but we are working hard, together with the advice of APP BV, to fix the problems in the coming year. The next tests are sceduled for February.


D A R E S T R A TO S II

FULL DESIGN BENCH MARK

Stratos II Colour Scheme To kick-off the new year we would like to present the first concept of the Stratos II rocket colour scheme. Inspired by the clear cut black and white image of the mighty Saturn V, we want this rocket to symbolize the start of the new space age, that we as DARE want to represent.

27 NOV Engine Tests at TNO One of the major highlights were of course the rocket engine tests we conducted at TNO in Rijswijk. This fantastic facility is perfect for the development and testing of this kind of rocket engines. As you could

however read on or website, not all tests went fine yet, but we are working hard, together with the advice of APP BV, to fix the problems in the coming year. The next tests are sceduled for February.


Main Sponsor We cannot finish without mentioning our main sponsor in the first newsletter: Dutch Space, known for their expertise in launcher structures, was the first company to put their trust in our project at the beginning of 2012. With their help we were able to get the technical phase of the project really started. Their support comes in multiple ways; in addition to a notable sponsor budget, we have been able to consult with experts from Dutch Space on the parachute system concepts for the rocket. During our status update presentations, the engineers from

Dutch Space always take a kind interest in our technical project and the challenges we face. Dutch Space was also involved as main sponsor of the first Stratos rocket, which successfully launched in 2009, setting the current European altitude record for student build rockets.

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