Aspirespace experimental rocketry society
Mk 10B Waverider
Since the 1980's, a lot of computational work has been done generating 'Cone derived' waveriders, so-
These designs have generated lots of lovely journal papers for their authors, and have taxed the most powerful computers, but it became clear that nobody had tried to build and fly one at low speed.
We built such a model, expecting it to be difficult to fly, but not that difficult!
It took over 100 glide-
The Mk 10B would cruise though, so we stuck a ducted solid rocket motor on it under the CG, and boosted it into the air on a separating A-
This is the pre-
It wasn't landable though!
We then doubled the depth of the fuselage to create more internal volume and rechristened it the Mk 11. This didn't fly at all!
The reason the Mk 10B flew so badly we now know: its slenderness, the decreasing sweepback angle of its planform (view from above) as you headed nosewards, and its deliberately minimised vertical fin area.
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|Mk 10B waverider|