The entire original rocket descended on one parachute, but we will be adding a second chute, so that the lower stage and payload bay return on separate chutes.
We have renamed, our now 52.75" rocket, the "Executioner XL."
We will fly the first test on an Estes D12-3 which, in RockSim simulations, provided an almost apogee perfect ejection and reached a height of 277.77 ft.
After a live test with a D12-3, we will run some more simulations once we have decided on the first payload.
The Executioner XL should be one of our main rockets for carrying robotic payloads over the next year. I will keep this site updated as to out progress
March 28, 2009 Launch:
Not the clearest picture of a launch, but the last launch for the Executioner XL out at Desert Heat 2009. It had a terrific flight on an E9-6 motor. The 24 inch parachute on the payload worked much too well... We ended up losing the payload bay after it drifted way out into the desert... Bye Bye...