Chapter 20. Rocket and Boost Gliders

If you’ve ever built a model airplane, you’ve probably already thought a bit about how to combine rockets and airplanes. That’s what we’ll do in this chapter. We’ll start out by exploring what’s possible and what’s not with rocket powered airplanes, then build a classic pop pod glider. In the next chapter we’ll build a variable-geometry air rocket glider.

Rocket Powered Aircraft

The obvious approach to using a model rocket motor to power an airplane is to simply replace the airplane motor with a rocket motor. There are several reasons why that’s a bad idea. The first is simply practical. Most model airplanes are designed to fly with a relatively low powered motor that delivers power for the entire flight. Model ...

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