launch lug on booster

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  1. Oct 16, 2003 #1

    saxophone

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    I'm retrofitting a Quest Navaho 2-stage rocket for an upcoming night
    launch. The rocket was already built stock. I added a clear payload
    section to the sustainer to hold lights, and I've mounted lights to
    the booster. Unfortunately, the added lights sort of get in the way
    of the launch lug. So, I'm thinking of adding a launch lug to
    the booster and using that instead of the launch lug on the
    sustainer.

    Then I thought about it... I've never seen a multi-stage rocket
    kit put the launch lug on the booster. I assume this is because
    they want to be able to launch without the booster and/or they
    are trying to put the launch lug near the CG.

    Do any of you forsee any problems with mounting the launch
    lug on the booster?
     
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    wyldbill

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    Actually the Astron Farside has its lug on the second stage, not the sustainer.....

    I'd say that as long as you're close to the CG and the stages have a firm fit with a minimum of slop, you should be OK.

    Let us know how it goes;)

    -bill
     
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    The fliskits NOMAD 3 stage rocket has it's first launch lug set onto the 2ND STAGE...
     
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    Yep, and it shouldn't be a problem at all. I've seen it done many times, though mostly in scratch builts

    jim
     
  5. Oct 18, 2003 #5

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    With the added weight of the lights. That lug on the booster will not hert anything. Saxophone. :D
     
  6. Oct 20, 2003 #6

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    I added the launch lug to the booster. No problems with the
    lift off during Saturday's night launch. The lights on the booster made it
    easy to find, even easier than trying to find an unlit booster during
    the daytime. The sustainer is another matter. The lights on the
    sustainer separated from the sustainer itself. I found the lights,
    but no upper-stage. I returned to the field the following morning to
    see if I could locate my missing sustainer, but no luck. :(

    I bought a new Navaho kit which means I'll have yet another
    unmatched booster. Ah well. I have so many boosters, I've
    already modified one to carry a 24mm motor and fly the
    Navaho as a 3-stager. I hope to get the sustainer built and
    painted in the next couple of days so I can fly it as a 3-stager
    this coming weekend at Lucerne Dry Lake, California.
     

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