Video Cation: The parachute mortar built by Delft Aerospace Rocket Engineering (DARE) was tested successfully for the first time on the 29th of September 2016. The parachute mortar will be launched on the Aether rocket.
(Note: I believe the video date in the text may have meant August)
DARE have been carrying out tests on a new deployment system for their new rocket, using the lessons learned from Stratos II+.
While the record breaking Stratos II+ launch of October 2015 was a huge success for DARE, there was also one disappointment: not all parts of the rocket came back safely to Earth. The capsule, with the important data, landed safely by a parachute but the oxidizer tank and engine did not. Later it was found that the lines that connect the drogue parachute to the tank were snapped at drogue deployment, resulting in the tank going into a ballistic trajectory back to Earth and hitting the ocean with nearly the speed of sound.
During the last few months the drogue mortar was designed and built and this week the first mortar test was performed. In the end a flight version will be tested on the Aether rocket that is currently under development. This blog post will elaborate on the drogue mortar project.