|X - 15 PROJECT
RADIO CONTROL MODEL ROCKET GLIDER
UNIQUE HIGH POWER ALL COMPOSITE RADIO CONTROL ROCKET GLIDER
MODEL OF ONE OF THE UNITED STATES MOST FAMOUS X-PLANES.
Engineer Doug Gard displays the
completed all composite radio controlled
project X-15 rocket glider (left hand
Project X-15 ascends into the early
mourning sky powered by an Aerotech
I200W RMS rocket motor (right hand
Project X-15 features a large all movable
vertical tail wedge rudder for yaw control
and two rear all movable stabilators with
differential movement for roll control and
symmetrical movement for pith control.
Large flaps are on the main trapezoid
wing to provide additional lift during glide.
The fuselage is of molded all composite carbon, kevlar, fiberglass,
and epoxy construction. The main wing and stabulators are CNC wired
kevlar, fiberglass cloth, and epoxy then vacuum bagged to produce a
strong light weight structure.
A Futaba seven channel receiver provides control to the servos and
two Jomar E-switches utilized to initiate air start of two Aerotech E-25
motors and to deploy two 72" parachutes. A steep spiraling glide
angle is utilized to aim the rocket back towards the launch area. At
around 400' AGL two large 72" parachutes are deployed by remote
control to gently lower the model back to the earth near the launch site.
Above:Fuselage plug and parting
board used to fabricate the two
piece fiberglass fuselage mold.
Above: Fuselage, Nose cone and
cockpit canopy molds.
Above: X-15 assembled and
primered. Note parachute fuselage
cans located on each side of the
fuselage center hatch.
Above: Packing the chutes, charging the bateries and hooking
up pyro charges.
Above: Avionics compartment. Two
red arm Jomar E-switch LEDS visible
through clear round windows.
Above: Pilot visible through clear
cockpit canopy windscreen.
Above: Top of pilot helmet and
cockpit instrument panel visible
through clear cockpit canopy
X-15 CANOPY WINDSCREEN AND