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Viper 4x Rises From The Ashes (Again) January 6, 2009

Posted by rluhman in Rocketry.
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It looks like my EAC Viper 4x will fly again.  After spending the last 4 months looking at the remains, I just couldn’t throw it in the trash.  90% of it is still intact.  The main tube only had the forward six inches crushed in the LDRS crash.  The rest of it looks perfect.

There was a small amount of internal damage.  The forward centering ring had popped loose from the tube.  I can easily repair that.  But since I will have to add back the six inches that were crushed in the crash, I won’t be able to use the altimeter setup I had built into it.  It will go back to motor ejection for recovery system deployment.

But, since the tube is now glassed I should have less of a problem with zippers.  That assumes that I can get the motor delays worked out correctly.  Maybe I need to get the EFC-01 from Aerotech or the new accelerometer based one from Giant Leap.  I’ll have to look into that.

Anyway, look for the EAC Viper 4x to make it’s return to flight at our March club launch.  Keep your fingers crossed.

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