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Old 04-14-2016, 08:11 PM
ManofSteele ManofSteele is offline
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To set the record straight, the Zenix SSRV was not released due to a problem with the motor mount mold. When we were doing acceptance testing of the final production parts, it was discovered that there was too much slop in the way the parts in the motor mount went together. The result is that the ejection charge would blow back out the aft end by the engine (and fail to deploy the parachute). Since it was a safety issue, we could not release the kit.

The mold could have been modified to make acceptable parts, but the cost exceeded what Estes wanted to spend, so the kit and the parts were scrapped instead.

Dave Talbot did the kit design, and Ron McClaren did the mold design. The design was correct, but the mold was not manufactured to the drawing tolerances.

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