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Dutch Rocket Boys

The Dutch Rocket Boys is a group of rocket builders from the Netherlands that design, build and launch High Powered Rockets around the world. The Dutch Rocket Boys were formed around 2000 from a group of Dutch High Powered Rocket enthusiasts that launched outside the Netherlands because the possibilities in the Netherlands were too limited for their goals in Rocketry. This has changed substantially over the years due to the positive changes to make HPR rocket launches possible in the Netherlands, but we continue to fly outside the Netherlands for the higher altitude and larger power projects that would be otherwise impossible.

You can also check our Facebook page for regular updates of our projects and launches.

 

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Aiming for Space

This is our Goal, and the reason we are building rockets, to go higher and higher, eventually reaching the dark of space. For an amateur (non-commercial) group of High Powered Rocketeers, this is an ambitious goal. Electronics, materials, the availability of motors, and not in a small part funding limit our efforts. Most of us are just amateur "Rocket Scientists" doing this in our spare time, and we don't have the money that NASA does. There are also a limited number of places in the world that allow these high altitude launches, and travel as well as shipping rockets and the motors adds to the costs.

Just how high is "space"? The atmosphere doesn't have a sharply defined border that says "here begins space", the air just keeps getting thinner and thinner. In the US, "space" begins at 80.4 km (50 miles), or 264,000 feet.  General international consensus sets a similar limit for the start of space as 100 km (62 miles), or 380,000 feet. We are not aiming for Low Earth Orbit, which starts at 160 km, as we want our rocket to descend back on a parachute. We are aiming for 80.4 km (50 miles) as our first milestone, and eventually may try for 100 km and higher.

With every project, we set our goals a bit higher, solve new challenges, and gain experience. Sometimes things don't go as expected, but we learn from that as well. The forces needed to send a rocket that high are tremendous, and sometimes a rocket just doesn't hold together. The paint doesn't always stay on the rocket, but that's cosmetic. We recover every rocket sent up, with the intention of possibly sending it up again.

See our timeline below for an idea of how far along we are. You can help by sponsoring our projects.

 

 

Sponsor Wall

See our Sponsor page for details how you can help sponsor our efforts.

Bronze

  • Bijbibi
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Silver

  • W. Knoop
  • Gepke Dulek
  • Your name here.........

Gold

   

Platinum