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Old 08-01-2020, 12:40 PM
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I do not have a clue why FSI ever produced an E5-0 Booster, the E5 barely had enough liftoff thrust to power a small rocket and it's own weight. the D18-0 was probably the best booster for
OUT O SIGHT Flights with the STAR GAZER.
I can recall that out of the 60+ FSI Motors that I flew I only had 4 CATO's
1 was a D18-0, 2 were E60's and 1 was a F100-6.



Someone who's name is lost to history once told me they were for gliders - either for rocket gliders that were built to level out into a glide when the propellant had burned off, or staged 'F' class boost gliders (E5-0 to E5-4).
Fact or Fiction? You decide.
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Someone who's name is lost to history once told me they were for gliders - either for rocket gliders that were built to level out into a glide when the propellant had burned off, or staged 'F' class boost gliders (E5-0 to E5-4).
Fact or Fiction? You decide.

Sounds like as good a reason to have them as any.
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Someone who's name is lost to history once told me they were for gliders - either for rocket gliders that were built to level out into a glide when the propellant had burned off, or staged 'F' class boost gliders (E5-0 to E5-4).
Fact or Fiction? You decide.


Lonnie told me that is what the E5 was really for when I talked to him one time on the phone. I called him to compplain about the E60.
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A D18-0 or D20-0 to E5-8 would have worked.
Recovery would only happen in a REALLY BIG field.
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A few of my favorite FSI powered flights that I have archived from my photo album. Left to right: FSI Penetrator D18-6 flown on 6/27/78. A different FSI Penetrator E5-6 flown on 5/18/88. Lastly a LOC precision Aura F100-8 flown on 10/1988.

The first orange and chrome monokote FSI Penetrator that was launched from that parking lot is where the ill fated E5-0/E5-6 Star Gazer flew from. If you look at that picture the big dark rectangle is a strip of businesses that marked the very edge of the parking lot. The Star Gazer flew over those buildings under power dropping the booster in our Parking lot on the way and cleared those buildings and a four lane highway behind those buildings and pranged in a parking lot on the other side of the highway. A nine second I nearly crapped my pants flight and the upper stage looked like an accordion.

GH would have loved it ...
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