- Mar 21, 2011
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My buddy Braz was the local King of Klusters. He passed away in 2011. One of his projects of note was a big cluster (and I can't remember how many) rocket using 18mm engines. Flew wonderfully. But that wasn't enough, so he CHAD staged it. A friend said he made it rain engines when it staged! We've got a memorial launch for him in May. I've got a clustered Fat Boy to fly then. I thought I'd CHAD stage it in his honor, but got to thinking I'd try something a bit different - only CHAD staging *half* of the engines, but igniting all (bottom) engines at the same time. That is, the rocket has 8 engines. I CHAD stage half, but ignite the four boosters and the four non-staged engines together. This gives eight engines on liftoff, that would stage four of them in flight. I'd have to find a way to deal with the ejection charges of the non-staged engines, but that should not be hard. Why do this? Why not/ Have you heard of anyone doing it? Great idea, or really stupid (I could sell tickets for either).