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9.9 Biggest Non-metallic Rocket Flights




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This article is from the Model Rockets FAQ, by Wolfram von Kiparski with numerous contributions by others.

9.9 Biggest Non-metallic Rocket Flights

Rocket: Down Right Ignorant
Weight: 800 pounds +
Set by: Dennis Lamonthe, Chuck Sackett, and Mike Ward
Where: BlackRock Dry Lake Bed, Gerlach, NV.
When: August 17, 1992, FireBALLS experimental launch
What: Super scale based on Esoteric rocket designed by Ron Schultz
Height: 34' 7"
Diameter: 24"
Power: 1 O-class custom motor
5 Energon L1100 motors
8 ISP K1100 motors (around 76,000 NS total impulse)
Materials: 24" fiberglass tubes for main body tube
1/8" aluminum plates for coupler bases and fin mounting boxes
1/2" aluminum plate for motor thrust plate
2x5" oak boards for tube coupler assemblies
2x5" pine boards for body tube strengthening
plywood centering rings
3/4" birch fins
14" paper tubing for upper body tube
hard resin/fiberglass nose cone (originally a sounding rocket nose cone shroud)

(Note: The definition of 'non-metallic' traditionally has meant 'no
substantial metal components' as well as no structural components
being metal. DRI appears to push that definition to its absolute
limit, or a little beyond.

 

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