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Starchaser About to Lose UK Altitude Record

Published by Rob on Mon Aug 27, 2007 12:05 am
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A new rocket claiming to be the biggest rocket fired by amateurs in Britain.

A craft, named the Corpulent Stump, was to take off from a site near Largs in Ayrshire on Saturday as part of International Rocket Week. Poor Weather however has meant the rocket launch has been delayed but will be launched soon. International Rocket Week held at Kelburn Castle & Country Centre, Largs, Ayrshire, Scotland celebrated its 20th anniversary, marking two decades of developing annual rocket flying events since the first Scottish Rocket Weekend in August 1986. The event lasts from August 20t to August 27th.

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One of the rockets catching everyone’s eyes is the Corpulent Stump. The rocket was built by Richard Brown and his team. The team website can be found at http://www.rocketstore.co.uk/projects/corpulentstump/default.aspx

It’s a huge bright red reinforced cardboard tube, but loaded with an engine and fuel, and around £1,000 worth of electronics which will sense its height, control the deployment of a parachute, and send live information back to the ground about its flight,” the BBC’s Huw Williams said.

Corpulent Stump Rocket Information:

Weight 50kg (110lb)
Height: 12.5′
Diameter: 11.4″
Altitude Estimation 1,829 metres (6,000ft).
Speed 500 mph
Accelerate from zero to 100mph in just over a second.

Twin RDAS Tiny + Live Telemetry option

Drogueless, twin Rouse Tech CD3 El Grande 92g (for redundancy)
12ft main custom SkyAngle Chute, twin Rouse Tech CD3 38g (for redundancy)

The rocket that currently holds the UK altitude record is the Nova/Starchaser 4 rocket fired from Morecambe Bay in the United Kingdom. It reached an altitude of 1,688 m.

More information on the Starchaser rocket:

Height 37 feet
Diameter 4 feet
Finspan 11 feet
Launch Mass 1,643 pounds
Recover Parachute
Propulsion Solid
Total Impulse 50,000 pounds/second
Maximum Speed 500 miles per hour
Maximum Altitude 5,541 feet

The enthusiasts taking part in the International Rocket Week event say amateur rocketeers have a long record of developing new technologies and techniques which have shaped space exploration from its beginnings. Indeed even the great Von Braun was an amateur rocket scientist at one point. Further information on the success or failings of this rocket will be posted shortly.

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