On Sunday March 28th, the two static tests carried out, successfully allowed to collect a large amount of fundamental data to go to outline the design of the engine and nozzle.

In addition, several studies focused on the external and internal flows of the nozzle were carried out before such tests in order to predict its perfect shape.

Furthermore the contribution of the members of the IT area of the team was of great importance for the performance of the DART engine test, as already mentioned previously. In particular, these have dealt with the development of a remote ignition system and the implementation of sensors for the measurement and validation of rocket characteristics.
Especially, thanks to their help, it was possible to study the displacement of the centre of gravity during the thrust, the thrust itself and the temperatures external to the engine.

Thus the test was also a way to validate the correct operation of the ignition and data measurement system. Also particular attention has been paid to the safety of the trigger system allowing remote ignition and avoiding possible unwanted ignition.

In conclusion the last operations were obviously carried out, keeping everyone at the correct safety distance from the engine.

Below you can see the video about the experience.