Similar in design to the skeletal structure of pterodactyls and/or
bird's wings, like the ribs of an umbrella, they wold fold flat against
the main body during lift and after apogee would 'pop' out to form a
wing shape with with it's cloth (mylar?) covered curved surface provide
lift, given forward airflow over the wing.
(Nice long sentence, that.)
Ooh, ohh! Google is your friend:
I don't know it seems a better (hmmm, why better?) solution than the
swing wing thing.
tried that, failed, haven't tried again (yet)
built it out of dowels and garbage bags, my choice for scratchbuilt kites
(had one fly for over 6 hours that way). crafted a tricky sliding engine
mount to help deploy the wings, a la estes Condor. rubber band and funky
hinge to keep the wings pulled out.
hand throws left something to be desired in results. Would glide 50% of the
time. RocSim said it would fly on engine I used. waited for a launch when
most everyone was away retrieving rockets (think there was 1 guy with me).
put it on the (grossly undersized) pad and proceded to launch.
Something didnt work right, as there was barely enough thrust to get it to
clear the rod. in slow motion it lawn darted into the hard grass where the
weight of the fins was enough to snap the dowels. kep the peices as a
reminder that it was a project that needed work.
note: the design wasn't much off of my kite that i'd build, so I would
assume that if it did get enough altitude and deploy properly, it would have
stalled, causing it to "flutter" back to the ground. was trying to find a
way to get that big 3' wingspan glider to deploy was interesting, but i
think a little too complicated for KISS priciple.
This darn hobby has too many offshoots for one person to play with
Onboard video (prototype hung in tree)
rollago wing recovery (lawndart)
lander challenge rover deployment (not enough testing)
ham radio telelmetery, direction finding (TX kit didn't work, too busy to
High power rocketry (still working on L2 bird)
post production video of rocket launches (need faster computer)
managing rocketry club as president (missing too much fun by having to do
too much work)
Microhybrids (coming soon, found all the parts now that I got excess rockets
to fly it in)
MAD deployment (not sure I built it right, couldnt figgure out how to
onboard camera (need to work on mechanical trigger)
Manned rocket flight (everyone complains that modelers can't do it, cant
Hybrids (cant see my way to cost of GSE)
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