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burkefj 12-13-2020 04:32 PM

X-37B inspired R/C rocket glider
I worked on this yesterday, X-37B inspired, came out nicely, using BT-80 tubing, pnc-80BB cone and 6mm and 3mm depron for surfaces and side plates. I moved the wing back and upsized it for glide and to allow it to function like a delta and have fixed V tail which works better in general than modeling the actual X-37B layout. It goes high and fast, around 800 feet, just below the cloud deck today, fast but nice glide. it's small, 24" long, 2.6" diameter, 18.5" wingspan, about 1 sq foot of wing area, 7.6 oz ready to fly using a 24mm composite Aerotech E-6. It was very roll sensitve, I had to tone down the roll rate to 30%. Looks great in the air and on approach.

frognbuff 12-13-2020 04:49 PM

Your "link" is wonky. Can you fix it? I'd really like to check this out!

BEC 12-13-2020 05:13 PM

Here's the Youtube from Frank's similar post on that other forum:

ghrocketman 12-13-2020 05:34 PM

Those flights looked great.

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