- Dec 10, 2009
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Anyone have any tips on how to stage with this configuration? 18mm booster to 13mm sustainer? I'm not considering any distance between the motors, but am curious if it's possible.
Yep, the Solar Flare does it. I have flown mine several times and it has staged successfully every flight. There is a gap between motors, maybe an inch or two, and there is a small vent hole in the booster to help with second stage ignition. The vent lets off some of the pressure so the the booster doesn't pop off too early without igniting the upper stage.
I knew I wanted a Solar Flare, I just didn't know why! Now it all makes perfect sense. 4 13mm sustainers for the price of 3 18mm...perfect! Oh Santa...do you read these forums?
Chris, In fact I had seen that odd little rocket on your site. Strange looking, I'll say. But perhaps it's tasty.You may have seen this at the Odd'l Rockets website on the Gallery Page.
It's a C6-0 to A10-3T. The rocket was built for the 2009 EMRR Challenge, 2 Stage Kitbash. It's name: Blackbird Baked in a Pie.
The A10 is pushed into the top of the C6 about 1/8".
I know that gap-staging with ports is more reliable giving the upper stage a little more time to ignite.
It's flown three times. Every time staging went perfectly.