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Rocketry

The ARES mission was founded in 2017 with the goal of building a double-stage supersonic rocket. During the same year the first double stage rocket was developed to test phase separation technology, and launched at the end of the year. In 2018, the data obtained was analyzed and the design of ARES II was initiated, in order to reach higher speeds and improve step separation.

 

At the same time, with the incorporation of new members, the DEIMOS project was launched, the aim of which is to improve rocket-making techniques with composite materials. In early 2019, the first launch of the DEIMOS rocket was performed, and during the year construction of the ARES II prototype was carried out, printed in 3D combined with reinforcements of composite materials. In September 2019, the ARES II rocket was launched and the DEIMOS was re-launch, to adjust problems from the first launch. The flight of ARES II was successful, transmitting data during the flight and carrying out the separation of stages perfectly.

 

At the end of the year, the DEIMOS II rocket was developed in order to obtain the TRIPOLI level 1 certification and the design of ARES III was initiated. Due to the pandemic, it was not possible to launch the DEIMOS II during that spring as planned and the design phase of the third ARES was also affected. It was in May 2022 that we finally launched the DEIMOS II, successfully achieving certification.

 

Today, work is underway on the development of the PHOBOS, a rocket that is far superior to the previous ones and that will help us evolve. A 3 km apogee is planned to participate in amateur rocket university competitions at European level. At the same time, work is underway on the new DEIMOS III, a rocket that will be ready for the deployment of the payload and will be only an evolution of its predecessor, in order to form the less experienced members.

Troilos was a rebranding of the former Cressida. This rocket was used to certify our current team leader Alex Ariño with the TRIPOLI L1 certification.

Patufet is the biggest rocket the team has created up to date, with a height of 2,3m. The main purpose of the Patufet was to certify Ernest Tortosa, our former team leader, with the TRIPOLI L2 certification.

Cressida was the first rocket designed by the team with a double-deployment recovery in mind. It served as a way to perfect the technique as well as test new manufacturing procedures. Furthermore, it was the first rocket with a fuselage made entirely with fiberglass. Similarly to the Deimos II Neo, the recovery went as intended.

Deimos II Neo had the main objective of testing a double-deployment recovery. To do so, we modified the already existent Deimos II by adding an extra module to include the drogue. The launch was successful, with both the drogue and main parachute deploying safely and at the planned altitude.

2022-2023

Deimos III was the first rocket created by Ares with the ability of carrying and deploying cansats. The most revolutionary aspect was its nose cone, which had several slots where a maximum of 6 cansats could be stored and was manufactured in collaboration with HP. At its first launch, we were able to test the deployment feature with a 100% success rate.

2020-2022

The DEIMOS II was aimed to achieve the TRIPOLI level 1 certification, as well as to evolve its predecessor by following the same design line. This rocket had new electronics capable of communicating with a real-time ground station.

2018-2019

DEIMOS was intended to carry a camera to record the ascent and to instruct new mission members in the design, construction and launch of amateur rockets. The rocket also tested construction techniques with composite materials for future projects.

2018-2019

Rocket that had the objective to test a structure made of a composite material between fiberglass and epoxy, with an interior of polyamide printed with additive manufacturing. This rocket also served to test the evolution of electronics used in the Ares I.

2017-2018

Rocket that had the objective to test a custom-made complex electronics and a phase separation technique incorporating 3D printed pieces. Its launch gave significant data regarding how the rocket and its electronics behaved.

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ARES II

Our Team.

Meet the students that make possible the Ares project.

Wall of Fame

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