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Tank Booster | by karl.simpson
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Tank Booster

With those fins, I think this looks cooler than the original.


Update: (Flickrblogged: 4/2/2010)


Update: Wow, thanks for all the comments everyone. This high-power rocket was built by Steve P., a highly skilled member of the Spaceport Rocketry Association who specializes in the complex upscaling of small rocket kits into much bigger ones. This is one of his most intricate and at apogee, the "SRBs" eject and are recovered separately. It takes a lot of work to get it ready to fly and I believe it is his most complex, in seven years I've only seen it fly once.


Update: 4/9/2010, From Steve, the builder and owner of the rocket:


"The model is based on a 4x Dr. Zooch Space Shuttle.


The External Tank stands 58 inches tall by 6 inches in diameter. Boosters are 44 inches tall by 3.5 inches in diameter. The orbiter is 29 inches long with a wingspan of 21.5 inches.


The stack uses a K550 motor to boost to about 1500 feet. A 3 output altimeter in the ET commands booster release, drogue and main parachutes. Each booster has electronics to release a parachute."


This was its maiden flight.


The Spaceport Rocketry Association is a non-profit, rocketry club in Plam Bay, Florida. We welcome hobbyists of all ages and skill levels.


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Taken on September 16, 2006