The mission started in 2017 with the objective to create a supersonic two-stage rocket. Through the evolution of this mission, great improvements have been done in many innovative fields such as additive manufacturing and electronics mainly manufactured at university; everything was adapted to the needs of the mission.
Over the years, three different rockets have been made; ARES I, DEIMOS I and ARES II. Currently, DEIMOS II is being designed and built, which lets us practice with new compound material techniques and certify one of our mission members for high power launches. We expect to lauch two rockets this year: DEIMOS II and ARES II with more powerful engines, to take the structure to the limits.
The launch of ARES III is planned in October 2020. This rocket will meet our objective of being supersonic, with electronics iterated from the outset, a structure build with compound materials (additive manufacturing and fiberglass) which should cover all the requests of a supersonic flight.
On the other hand, the mission offers out-of-school activities such as talks in high schools and giving support to research projects and teachers. Some of these students end up studying at UPC and joining the mission. At the universitary stage, together with the whole UPCSP, we have taken part in open days, partnerships fairs, Saló de l’Ensenyament, YoMo, Splashdown Festival and many other meetings. From this mission and program we have always found necessary to be part of these activities i order to increase visibility both for the university and the missions; we try to get involved and give support to universitary promotion activities.
Finally, the presence in social media has increased over the last years collaborating in publications for the International Women Day or other promotional activities.