Kingston University Updates

DARE Unveil Stratos III Rocket

This was live streamed, my apologies for not getting that link up in time.
Presentation starts at 7:00min in.

Key points

  • To break the European student altitude record for rocketry before Fall 2017
  • 63 students involved, international and domestic
  • 12 core team positions
  • Goal was to design and build a rocket in 1 year and to fly higher than before
  • Powered by a 15kN hybrid rocket engine, burning Nitrous Oxide and sorbital/paraffin/aluminum fuel for 28 seconds
  • 3D printed titanium nozzle
  • Carbon fibre composite combustion chamber
  • 262lt, 36kg carbon composite Nitrous Oxide tank
  • Space for scientific payloads in nose cone
  • Have capability to Livestream from onboard camera’s
  • ~8m in length and 0.28m diameter
  • 329.4kg MLOW, 104kg empty
  • Will reach Mach 4.5 and an altitude of 80km (although could be between 60-100km)
  • Nose cone will be recovered from ocean

Piglet the Pump!

Some nice pump hardware from Portland State Aerospace Society, read my previous post on this for more info and links to make your own!!

Danish amateur rocket builders to launch the Nexø II rocket this summer.


This summer, Copenhagen Suborbitals are launching the Nexø II rocket, as the next step towards their goal of flying an amateur astronaut into space. The rocket is the second of the Nexø Class to fly, named after the city of Nexø on the Bornholm island that hosts the Danish spaceport. Standing 6.7 m tall, Nexø II is the second, fully guided and liquid fueled rocket built by the group. The rocket also features a new pressure regulating system to maximize engine performance.  The rocket will be launched from the Mobile launch platform Sputnik on the Baltic Sea east of Denmark.

“These days everyone is working around the clock to make the mission happen” says Kristian Elof Sørensen, Chairman of Copenhagen Suborbitals. “Nexø II is the most advanced rocket we have ever built, and a successful mission this year is important for our effort to build a rocket big enough to put a man in space.
Continue reading “Danish amateur rocket builders to launch the Nexø II rocket this summer.”

No Launch for SDSU Rocket Project

Unfortunately, SDSU Rocket Project was unable to launch their Galactic Aztec Mark II rocket this past weekend out at the FAR range in Mojave.

As stated in an Instagram post the team had to deal with the high heat of the day, that led to problems in the rocket’s avionics package and missing the launch window.

Current Affairs at CS: Jet Vanes

Video Caption: This video in the current affairs series is a walk through of the jet vane design and implementation on the Nexø 2 rocket by fabricator Flemming Rasmussen.
Flemming Rasmussen designed the jet vanes for Copenhagen Suborbitals first guided rocket the Sapphire which flew in 2013 and the Nexø I which flew in 2016 .
Here he talks about the design and the lessons learned from our earlier guided rockets Sapphire and Nexø 1.

For the most beautiful artistic view of the Jet vanes our master video photographer Claus Mejling have created a small piece of art noire with the title “A tribute to jet vanes.”
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Copenhagen Suborbitals is the world’s only manned, amateur space program, 100% crowdfunded and nonprofit. In the future, one of us will fly to space on a home built rocket.

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BPS Thrust Vector Control

Video Caption: Check out my left arm’s nasty sunburn from yesterday’s L1 launch!
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