SERA rockets represent the "Performance" sector of ARES demonstrators.
The main objective of this project is to perform a supersonic flight to test and validate technologies developed in the frame of PERSEUS Project, to improve our knowledge on supersonic flight and to prepare the development of more powerful rocket.
SERA objectives are:
Through SERA, PERSEUS proposes to the students a unique project in France with:
SERA1 is an evolution of traditional ARES rockets and includes the main characteristics of the macro-project:
This rocket is based on a collaboration between 3 student associations, OCTAVE (University of Evry Val d’Essone), S3 (Higher institute of Aeronautics and Space) And AeroIPSA (Engineering School of Air and Space), managed by a PERSEUS project team (Bertin Technologies, GAREF Aerospatial, IPSA).
SERA1 integrates also a payload coming from Lulea University of Technology, called MADS.
The project is proceeding on two school years from September, 2012 till June, 2014. The launch is planned for early May 2014 on the site of ESRANGE, Kiruna in Sweden.
A complete measurement plan will be integrated into the rocket to analyse flight loads and flight trajectory:
SERA rockets are planned to integrate a student scientific payload developed by an external team. For SERA1, the payload will be an attitude determination system based on magnetometer compatible with architecture of cansat / cubesat type, developed by the Technological University of Luleå (Sweden).
Specific studies are in progress on the design and qualification of structures:
|Culmination:||5 010 m (16 437 ft)|
|Maximum longitudinal acceleration:||10.4 g|
|Maximum dynamic pressure:||88.80 kPa|
|Maximum heat flux:||37.5 MW/m2|
|Estimated ballistic range (windless):||1780 m (5840 ft)|
|Flight time to peak:||28s|
SERA1 definition will serve then as a basis for SERA2’s 2nd stage, a supersonic Pro98-6G / Pro98-6G two-stage rocket.
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