ARES is a mission born from the will to study how sonic velocities affect on a rocket. To be able to archive such thing ,some milestones have to be accomplished before focusing on the sonic study.
Our mission does not have an expiration date, we focus on solving problems one by one and, to do so, we intend to launch multiple rockets. The first ARES rocket will bring with himself a piece of electronics all-made in the university. The shape of this motherboard (as can be seen on the pictures) fits perfectly inside the nosecone of the designated rocket. This motherboard will use a barometer and a GPS to monitor the height and the location of the rocket every few seconds. Once the measures are taken those will be stored in a flash memory as well as sent back to our laptop by an XBee antenna.
This first rocket also involves stage separation. We manufactured a system of staging that we intend to try on this very first launch, with this we will test the capabilities of a multi-staging rocket. A rocket with more than one stage is needed in order to acquire an optimum velocity with a relative low mass.
Last but not least the rocket also includes a dual parachute system. The first parachute opens automatically and the second one, which is larger, will be opened by our motherboard when the conditions are met.