The beginning of June, a so-called ‘avionics box’ developed by the Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR) for the Stratos III rocket was successfully subjected to an important vibration test. The NLR researchers applied forces that correspond to those occurring during the actual launch. The nose cone, the on-board computer and the avionics box successfully withstood the vibration test, marking the completion of a key phase in the development of the Stratos III rocket, which is designed and built by the Delft Aerospace Rocket Engineering (DARE) group at Delft University of Technology. The upcoming launch of the rocket on 16 July in southern Spain is expected to achieve a European altitude record for rockets designed by students, and will contribute to the EU’s aim of developing low-cost European launch systems.
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