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Old 11-28-2018, 01:57 PM
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Beats the sh!t outa my old Estes kits!
Still not convinced on the concept, but freakin cool!
The Estes kit that was an F14 Tomcat with the working swing wings was the BEST !!!! First time we shot it up I caught it on the run with a beer in my hand.

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Old 11-28-2018, 02:06 PM
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Old 12-01-2018, 07:10 PM
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So not much left to do on this beast besides repair whatever damage occurs to it after I fly it for the first time lol. If the weather cooperates, I will be flying it a week from today on a H100 motor. Theres a few minor things to be done like drill the holes for the 1/4" launch rod and figure out once and for all how I am going to retain the motor. For now, I glued on the last centering ring and attached the hard-point for where the chute will connect to which is the first photo.

I'll also be playing with some new toys. In the second photo is a Missleworks T3 tracker and receiver. The lower unit goes in the rocket and transmits its GPS location to the receiver. The receiver then transmits that information to a Android device via bluetooth so you can see the rockets location on Google Maps.

The third picture is a Chute Release which holds onto a parachute until you get to a preprogrammed altitude and then it releases the chute. Doing this reduces the drift. The beauty of this unit is it can be moved from one rocket to another very easily.

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Old 12-01-2018, 08:12 PM
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A "Chute Release"?

What kind of new fangled nonsense is this?

Back in my day, you built the bird to custom spec, matching the engine chute delay to the weight of the bird, then you stochastically determined wind speed aloft and angled the coat hanger rod just so, lit the fuse and stood back. Goal was to have the bird land on the pad. Bonus points if the rod guide slid back down the rod on landing.
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Old 12-01-2018, 08:18 PM
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A "Chute Release"?

What kind of new fangled nonsense is this?

Back in my day, you built the bird to custom spec, matching the engine chute delay to the weight of the bird, then you stochastically determined wind speed aloft and angled the coat hanger rod just so, lit the fuse and stood back. Goal was to have the bird land on the pad. Bonus points if the rod guide slid back down the rod on landing.
Lol...Of all the flights I've seen I've never ever seen anyone come anywhere near to landing back on the rod like that. Not on a normal flight anyways. I don't think it's even possible.

Lighting a fuse? Yeah, it's been a while since you've flown anything. No one does it that way anymore haha.

Chute Release is awesome. All the cool kids are doing it.
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Old 12-01-2018, 11:11 PM
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Old 12-02-2018, 12:43 AM
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Lol...Of all the flights I've seen I've never ever seen anyone come anywhere near to landing back on the rod like that. Not on a normal flight anyways. I don't think it's even possible.
Welcome to the future. GPS-guided parafoil parachutes are also available.

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Old 12-02-2018, 08:42 AM
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Welcome to the future. GPS-guided parafoil parachutes are also available.
Well I hate to disappoint you Mr. West but I just don't have a few billion laying around and hundreds of engineers at my disposal to make the first stage of my orbital rocket land back at the pad.

Now guided parafoils are a whole different can o' worms. Nobody that I know of has been able to get them to work successfully in this hobby but it's probably just a matter of time before someone does and starts selling them. I think the biggest issue is size/weight since the GPS parafoils I've seen are far too big for about 99% of the rockets most people fly.
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Old 12-02-2018, 06:53 PM
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Welcome to the future. GPS-guided parafoil parachutes are also available.

You do know that video is just reversed, don't you?

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Old 12-02-2018, 07:03 PM
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You do know that video is just reversed, don't you?
I'm not sure of that. The pad is clear until it nears touch down. Then, the smoke billows outward. And that booster is scorched, obviously already used. Those guys dropped quite a few boosters in the ocean before they got it to work right. They would miss the target and the rocket just tipped off the barge.
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