supersonic flights by french student rockets developed inside PERSEUS project

SERA3 - One step closer to the stars PERSUES is an initiative set up by the French Space Agency (CNES).This year looks very fructuous for the Perseus project, especially the SERAs demonstrators. The aim is to test innovations and promising technologies. To achieve this objective, students from University or High Engineering School (Frenchparticularity) are coordinating their efforts to build technology demonstrators. The long-term goal is a detailed preliminary project of a small launch vehicle able to put 10-kilogram nano-satellites in low-Earth orbit.

In order to achieve the 100 km suborbital flight goal, a new series of rockets are currently under development called SERA (Supersonic Experimental Rocket ARES).

The main objective is to validate technologies that allow flights at supersonic speed and altitudes greater than 5 km.

SERA3 is is the biggest rocket ever launched by PERSEUS, with 5m long and almost 80kg at launch.For the first time, PERSEUS will launch a rocket with three pro98. Those engines must lead to an acceleration of 10 or 12G at ignition. The synchronization of the engines ignition is one of the greatest challenge for the students’ team, helped by professionals.
The fuselage of the rocket has also changed. It is no longer like a uniform cylinder, because the rocket has now a skirt between the first and the second stage.

SSC is delivering the launch service for the SERA rocket campaign at Esrange Space Center.

General information
Launch site Esrange Space Center
Launch date May 2017
Customer CNES


Contact persons:
Mark Smith,(SSC)

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