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Posted by burkefj | Yesterday @ 01:15 AM | 2,704 Views
I got a chance to maiden my upscale Pegasus XL and Space Transporter America R/C rocket gliders as well as my upscale Avro Vulcan using an onboard Spektrum 6610T receiver with telemetry for altitude...

Highpower Pegasus XL R/C rocket glider (3 min 25 sec)


Large Highpower R/C Space Transporter America rocket glider (3 min 57 sec)
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Posted by burkefj | Jan 12, 2022 @ 08:10 PM | 28,725 Views
My take on a Boeing Phantom Works XS-1 or what Estes is marketing as the leo space train kit. BT-60 based, this has the wing upscaled in depron for glide recovery with R/C. 16.5" span, 18" length, 2.5 oz empty, 5.15 oz rtf.

Boeing Phantom Express XS-1 R/C rocket glider (3 min 17 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Jan 08, 2022 @ 08:11 PM | 31,320 Views
Dragonship 7 mini R/C rocket glider. Styled after the old Estes Dragonship 7 rocket kit, but with upsized wing, 6mm depron, 40mm quest tubing/cone. 21" length, 15" wingspan, 5.12 oz rtf using 18mm Aerotech composite D2.3 rocket motor. Maiden and flights 2 and 3 right at dusk/witching hour, lost sight of it for a short time on flight 3 at apogee, videographer lost it a few times, as the lighting would cause it to disappear in certain orientations.

Dragonship 7 mini R/C rocket glider (6 min 25 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Jan 08, 2022 @ 08:10 PM | 31,063 Views
R/C Goblin themed Rocket glider, styled after the Estes Goblin rocket, but with upsized added wings, elevon tail surfaces for control, 24" wingspan, 36" length, 2.6" diameter, 6mm depron wings/tail covered in 3m automotive 200 series vinyl covering. 11.25 oz rtf using 24mm Aerotech composite E-6 rocket motor. Maiden and flights 2 and 3 on the model. No trims or CG changes needed.



R/C Goblin themed Rocket glider (5 min 28 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Dec 15, 2021 @ 05:05 PM | 6,120 Views
Posted by burkefj | Dec 03, 2021 @ 05:36 PM | 33,881 Views
An upscale from my youth, the Scissor Wing Transport, Upscaled 1.7x but without rotating wing and ejecting fin unit in the rear, as I explain in the video...

Scissor Wing Transport Upscale R/C rocket glider (9 min 2 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Nov 30, 2021 @ 03:31 PM | 13,189 Views
Hi all, here are two that I just finished. They are upscales of R/C rocket glider kits I have produced in 2.6" diameter, but these are one off's just for me using BT-101 tubing and 3-d lightweight printed cones from Scott Binder, most markings from stickershock with some hand cut accents and fine line sharpie detailing. Both have very similar specs, 33-37" wingspan, 56-60" lengths, weights dry 24.5 ounces as shown, with 29mm H-13 longburn motor, add 7.25oz for rtf weight.
Uses 9mm depron sheet for flight surfaces with 1/8" carbon spar reinforcement. Pretty happy with how they turned out. They both use tail surfaces only for roll and pitch like the smaller versions.

First is an Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL Second is an upscale of the Estes Space Transporter America with wing upsized for glide(which looks more proportional to me than the original).

Waiting for some more springlike weather and my latest rocket motor order to arrive for maidens.

Frank
Posted by burkefj | Nov 22, 2021 @ 04:31 PM | 12,947 Views
A few flights on my 1/14 scale X-15 to re-check trim after a servo swap...

1/14 scale X-15A2 R/C rocket glider (3 min 22 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Oct 31, 2021 @ 06:28 PM | 15,222 Views
1/25 scale Avro Vulcan R/C Highpower Rocket glider. 4" diameter, 41" length, 47" wingspan, doubled 6mm depron wing and tail with carbon reinforcement. 32 ounces ready to fly using Aerotech composite 29mm H-13 longburn(17 second) rocket motor to 1200' altitude. Maiden and 2nd flight.

1/25 scale Avro Vulcan R/C Highpower Rocket glider (8 min 4 sec)



Two more great Vulcan flights today!

1/25 scale Avro Vulcan Bomber R/C rocket glider highpower rocket flight (7 min 15 sec)
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Posted by burkefj | Sep 25, 2021 @ 10:17 PM | 26,517 Views
A montage from todays flights at Sheridan Oregon, D and E powered R/C rocket gliders

R/C rocket glider montage September 2021 D and E powered (13 min 22 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Sep 25, 2021 @ 10:09 PM | 26,155 Views
A flight montage of H-13 RC rocket gliders from today

Large R/C H powered rocket gliders September 2021 (7 min 53 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Aug 21, 2021 @ 01:08 PM | 31,687 Views
Check out the latest podcast:

The newest Model Rocket Show with Frank Burke from DynaSoar Rocketry with Jesse Ulibari as the host! https://themodelrocketshow.com/11-fr...ocket-gliders/
Posted by burkefj | Aug 17, 2021 @ 12:58 PM | 26,026 Views
A smaller version that uses 18mm rocket motors...Description in the video description field...

Avro Vulcan R/C rocket glider (7 min 26 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Aug 08, 2021 @ 05:50 PM | 22,651 Views
Wind was about 10mph gusting today, but my R/C Virgin Galactic Spaceship Two cristened VSS Infinity handled it with no problems doing nice hovering as I lowered it gently to the ground...
I also tested out my wireless transmitter controlled launch control module using a small 800mah 3s lipo pack, worked great!


Virgin Galactic Spaceship Two R/C rocket glider flights (2 min 30 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Jul 16, 2021 @ 10:49 AM | 16,254 Views
Virgin Galactic R/C Spaceship Two Rocketplane, modified to increase wing area and shorten rear extensions to help CG, tail cone removes for flight again to help move motor and CG forward. Elevon control, reduces complexity and removes weight from the rear extensions as well. 32" long, 17" wingspan, 2.6" diameter 10.25 oz ready to fly using 24mm Aerotech composite rocket motor. Flies to 480' altitude.

First three flights in order...Added just a touch of nose weight and reduced pitch throws for the last flight and a slight amount of up trim on boost. Flew like a dream, barely touch the sticks for glide control....



Virgin Galactic R/C Spaceship Two Rocketplane (5 min 37 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Jul 10, 2021 @ 10:20 AM | 7,425 Views
The original Centuri boost glider free flight kit was called the Mach 10, this is not quite that model, upscaled to 2.6" from 1.6" tubing, wing moved forward slightly to help yaw stability and a natural CG without nose weight, and the horizontal stab is now level with the wing since I control pitch using elevons. 23" wingspan, 17" length, 5 oz ready to fly using composite 18mm D2.3T aerotech reloadable rocket motors. It really gives the look of the original but you can steer it where you want to. I've built two, one in soviet scheme, one in US scheme, a huckebein scheme would also fit the look of the airframe.

Dynasoar Rocketry Mock 10 R/C rocket glider flights (2 min 55 sec)


Mock 10 R/C rocket glider kit (2 min 31 sec)
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Posted by burkefj | May 22, 2021 @ 10:31 AM | 32,023 Views
Posted by burkefj | May 17, 2021 @ 12:46 AM | 34,714 Views
Another flight from the Tri cities launch in Washington this weekend.

R/C F-117 Stealth fighter Rocket glider (1 min 39 sec)

Posted by burkefj | May 11, 2021 @ 11:54 AM | 11,743 Views
Here are some flights after painting....

R/C F-117 Rocket glider flights (3 min 42 sec)