Friday, July 11, 2008

Another huge project to fly in Maryland

ROL just announced Rockets Magazine's sponsorship of a 1:10 Saturn V project:
This is a massive amateur project by any standard. The rocket will weigh over 1,600 pounds; it will stand over 36 feet tall; and it will be powered by an array of eight 15,000ns N-Class motors and one 50,000ns P-Class motor. The estimated altitude of this single-stage effort will be between 3,000 and 4,000 feet, and the project will be recovered under multiple parachutes at apogee.
Massive? Well, yeah, I guess you'd say that! My my ciphering, that set of motors puts it in the baby 'R' class. IIRC there has only been one 'R' flight in Tripoli's history. More on the Rockets Mag site and on Donations are being accepted. It'll fly outside of Baltimore?!? Sounds like another MDRA extravaganza!

For years, Project 463 was the biggest hobby rocket ever flown at 1200 lbs. (that's it to the right). It flew on a P and 2 N's in the booster and a single N in the sustainer. That's still huge.

Other huge projects in the offing are a 45', T-powered Nike Hercules and it's cousin, a 30' Nike Ajax on a mere P staging to a Q. I've said it before and I'll say it again - holy crap!

Hmmm, Neil, Bob, and Darren. Do we see a theme here? :D

I guess the 24', 1367 lb Liberty Project with its Q power has been left in the dust.