American Chopper (a cool show on Discovery Ch. Mondays at 10:pm) is building some kind of chopper based on one of the attack helicopters. Anyway... they have installed a set of faux missiles under some side panels that open like a gull wing (ala, De Loran). This gave me a dumb idea.
What if you cut the nose cone in half, and "trap" door it for deployment?
Has anyone tried something like this?
Splitting the nose cone would be helpful on large rockets (L to O). No need to hunt the cone down with it's own chute landing God knows where. You could also keep the rocket in one piece. A pinned drogue could pull out the main at "X" feet.