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Old Nov 11, 2009, 10:27 PM
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New recovery method

I'm an old modeler returning to some rocketry for fun. I scratchbuilt a Commanche 3 and flew it today on all three stages for the first time. I didn't get the upper stage motor in right and it ejected instead of the chute. But I had a new recovery method that worked to perfection! Not a scratch.
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Old Nov 12, 2009, 12:33 AM
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Oy. About a decade ago my club had a launch where a visitor flew one of the old Estes X-wings. You know, the ones with the steel spike on the engine pod? Well, the pod fell like the Thor orbital bombardment weapon it is and penetrated the canopy of some visiting lady's parasol. After that we declared X-wings to be "heads up, on your feet" launches. The next year we banned them altogether.

Looks like Commanches may fall into the same category, eh?
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Old Jan 04, 2010, 07:04 PM
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TonyF, you must be a NASA technician to have figured out that trajectory! Don't let anyone tell you you're not a rocket scientist!
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Old Jan 05, 2010, 12:17 AM
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Well, I did work at NASA Dryden for 11 years. But it was pure luck.
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