Thursday, December 03, 2009

Unique, OOP, HPR 'kit' (updated)




In the early 2000's, Carde Systems produced a unique rocket that intrigued me.  I'm pretty sure that it was a complete kit.  What it did provide is a two part molded fiberglass airframe that integrated the nose cone, body, tail cone and fins.  It was set up for rear ejection and reportedly flew on  F through L motors.  Now that's a wide range.  I remember reading that once you built a motor mount/ parachute tube assembly, you could slap it into the airframe and duct tape the two halves together.  I found an old article on Rocketry Planet and their old web site on the WayBackMachine.  I'm pretty sure there was something in an old HPR magazine, but I'm too lazy to search issue by issue. Anyone ever see one in the flesh?

Update!  The first time I looked on EMRR, I must have had a typo in the search term(s).  But verily, there is one!  The production model appears to have quarter-body sections. And it depicts the duct tape assembly option :)