RC Experimental Rocket Plane

Apr 17, 2021 Rocketry

The fiberglass Blue Dart Delta II rocket plane took flight over Crooked Creek. This was a test flight without a parachute onboard to tryout remote control of the elevons.

Wind speed was very low at about 6km/h with some precipitation. OAT was about 7 deg C.

The flight is available to view by clicking this link.

The propulsion system used was a reusable G67 motor (plugged) and ignited using the Beyond Blue Aerospace wireless system.

The flight trajectory was as expected and the RC system worked well. The new RC pilot was a little shaky on the controls but managed to keep the rocket from flying into the tree line and created a very low altitude stalled landing into the grass avoiding any structural damage to the vehicle.

The rocket plane is safely back in the workshop for post flight analysis.