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July 25, 2016

Getting to Know the QuadRKT

The “QuadRocket™” is a radical evolution of the basic QuadSparrow design using its excess lifting capability to carry a 1/2A-size solid rocket motor. This boosts the QuadRocket to speeds beyond 130 mph. A typical flight profile looks something like this:

QuadRKT-Launch-Profile

The rocket is placed on a conventional model rocket launch pad, guided by the launch rail via a small launch lug attached to the airframe. The rocket engine igniter and plug are inserted in the same manner as a typical model rocket. Wires are clipped to the igniter ends which lead to the launch controller a safe distance away. Upon ignition, the QuadRocket accelerates off the Launchpad to a height of about 200 ft in a few seconds. At that point, the QuadRocket is on a ballistic trajectory and may be flown back to the launch site like a conventional quadcopter.

The aircraft needs no parachute for descent and the onboard controller makes flight simple and easy. This makes the QuadRocket the only model rocket on the market with the ability to sustain flight after burnout and return to the launch site. The tough polycarbonate shell design of the QuadSparrow (on which the QuadRocket is based) also makes it one of the most resilient model rockets available. Typical phenolic-tube rockets degrade after just four or five flights. Our tests of the polycarbonate QuadRockets, however, have survived more than a dozen flights including uncontrolled crashes or “lawn darting” as it is known in the model rocket community. And yet they remain flightworthy! Simply load a new motor and charged battery and you’re ready to fly again.

Interested? Please support us and go to our Kickstarter campaign: QuadRKT Kickstarter

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Twitter: @quadrkt