In HPR, head-end ignition is a thing. This rocket features the more standard tail-end ignition...except the nozzles are on the head-end. So, this is like a flying head-end ignited HPR motor with a nozzle assembly that points in the wrong (opposite) direction? Push me pull you!
Thursday, February 11, 2016
I saw a video of one of these on Facebook and then found this via Google. The MK 22 is a mine clearing rocket that features canted tractor motors and is mostly finless.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Last year, a crazy rocketeer built a flying model of an ekranoplan. Forward mounted tractor motors and a canted cluster...what could go wrong. That rocketeer doesn't know since he hasn't had a chance to fly it yet. But he saw this airplane in the latest issue of the IEEE Spectrum and started getting more insane ideas...
This spring, Reinhardt will fly a 1:4 scale version on a 60 day, multi-country test flight. If the aforementioned ekranoplan flies successfully, maybe an even smaller version of the TU 523 might fly in the summer. Naw, probably not, but crazy rocketeers are allowed to dream.
|Reinhardt Engineering TU 523 VTO freightliner|
Saturday, February 06, 2016
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
|Apollo 1 crew: Ed White, Gus Grissom and Robert Chaffee|
|Challenger crew. Back row from left to right: Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Greg Jarvis and Judy Resnik; front row: Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee and Ron McNair.|
|The crew of STS-107, Columbia. left to right: David M. Brown, Rick Husband, Laurel Clark, Kalpana Chawla, Michael P. Anderson, Willie McCool and Ilan Ramon.|
|SpaceShipTwo: Michael Alsbury|
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Looks like it might work as well as a mass launch of Estes Mosquitoes.
Monday, January 25, 2016
This is a new class of finless rockets being pioneered by Ken ECoyote on TRF. The short one was stable, the middle wobbled and the bottom skywrote. All-in-all, a successful first experiment. I see one of these in my future.