21-foot X-wing Rocket to Launch Next Week

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Yes, you heard right. According to gizmodo.com, rocket enthusiast Andy Woerner and friends will be launching a 21-foot solid-fuel X-wing rocket on October 10 somewhere in California. It features a 19-foot wingspan and S-foils that actually lock into attack position after launch! Here’s an excerpt from the article:

They used an electric motor from a RC helicopter, reducing its 40,000 revolutions per minute to generate enough torque to move those massive wings. Still, the wings will take 35 seconds to travel from open to closed. Hopefully, they will be able to change before the flight ends, so they can get the full effect in the air.

Read the original gizmodo.com post here, and more news about its construction here.

The Empire is certain to be watching their lift-off with great interest.

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3 Responses to 21-foot X-wing Rocket to Launch Next Week

  1. […] [Vía The Official Star Wars Blog] […]

  2. […] As previously reported here, a nearly life-size X-wing model was scheduled to launch somewhere in California this week – actually, that launch has already occurred, with some rather unfortunate results. […]

  3. […] As previously reported, rocket enthusiast Andy Woerner and friends launched a 21-foot solid-fuel X-wing rocket on October 10 in California. The X-wing features a 19-foot wingspan and S-foils that actually lock into attack position after launch! […]

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