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Mavericks QP Blastoff | by jurvetson
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Mavericks QP Blastoff

She leapt off the pad with a glorious 30 ft. plume.


Computer simulations estimated she would scream to 100,000 ft. at Mach 3


• 22 ft. tall, 540 lbs

• Booster stage: machined aluminum fin can and inter-stage coupler mounted directly on the Q motor casing.

• Upper stage: Custom wound composites, titanium tip

• Festooned with redundant computers, GPS, RF transmission

• Q booster staging to a P motor with a custom forward thermite igniter

• ~6x the thrust of a cruise missile booster


I’ll share some other build photos and launch video below…


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Taken on September 28, 2008