Stratos III Disintegrates 20 seconds into Flight

From the teams Twitter account,

#StratosIII was launched last night and 20 seconds into the flight the rocket disintegrated. Together with INTA, we’re investigating the anomaly and the cause of the failed attempt. We’re awaiting the post-flight review with INTA and we’ll release our official statement tomorrow.

Really feel for the team, they are a bunch of enthusiastic and talented students, so I am sure they will find the cause and come back in force to reclaim the European student altitude record.

Video Caption: During flight, optronics is used to track the rocket. The glare seen just before disintegration of the rocket are due to the tracking cam refocusing its lenses on the rocket. Two shots of the rocket lifting off show a clean liftoff and initially a nominal flight.