in looking at the video repeatedly, I noticed that the dammage seems to have
happened at the very end. I think your main problem was a too short launch
rod, which caused a portion of your engines trust to push the copter along a
Also, You did a good thing by zoomming out at the last second, and being a
bit back. when you look at the cameras used to track saturns (real ones, not
models) you'll see they got HUGE lenses and are real far back.
I'd say much more testing is needed :) fly and fly and fly and fly and fly
and fly and fly some more.
and post the videos
One file is Quicktime 6, the other is Quicktime 7......they are
bascially both the same, but most will have to upgrade QT to see the 7
file.....I'm still up in the air as to whether I like 7 or not
The monocopter belongs to the infamous ( I mean that in a good way ) Ed
Miller from near Hershey PA. It boosted on a J 135, 4 second air start
to a J 135, another 4 second air start to a K 185 using timers. What
kind? I forgot to ask.
Since it did not take off vertically as it did in it's first launch two
years ago, it appears the damage which broke it in half may have started
early in the launch. A loss of torsional rigidity may have allowed the
motors to move away from level (y axis) and push the mono away from
it's normal flight path. It flew anything but level on most of it's
flight making it appear the design had been compromised.
To see the first flight at NYPOWER X 2 years ago, go to
http://homepage.mac.com/wesrudy/Menu8.html then click on "downloads" at
the top, then look for "NYPOWER3Jmono.mov".
Yes it was.....when he told me his sequence was Start, then +4 then +16
then parachute at +32 I figured there could be a little problem.....I
was glad the last air start went off when it did, and as level as it did.
Though I did have a place to hide behind Ed's van. ;-)
Someone asked me at the launch where it would go as it flew so they could
film it. I sat thinking "9 feet long, J-J-K", and the only thing I could
come up with was "wherever it darn well pleased"
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