The Edmonds' Ecee is the most elegant 13mm glider on the market. No booster pods, no parachutes, no streamers. It ascends slowly to the skies and gently settles into a lazy glide back to Earth. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon!
Rocket gliders (RG’s) are one of the most intriguing and complex classes of rockets. The general idea is for them to fly upwards like a regular rocket but to glide back down like a plane. Sounds simple, right? The catch is that this transition from rocket to glider must be done without separating the model into different components. If the rocket separates into components (e.g., booster pod and glider), it is called a “boost glider” (BG).
As a consequence of this “unity in flight” requirement for RG’s, there must be some change in the aerodynamic structure of the model that permits the transition from rocket to glider. Rob Edmonds has chosen a truly elegant way to effect this change in structure through the use of a movable "canard" concept. In the powered and coasting stages, the "canard" (the little wing at the front of the glider) is free to move around. This prevents it from generating any aerodynamic lifting forces. The RG thus flies as any regular rocket would. At ejection, the hot gases cause the wing to be pinned down, thus generating lift. This limitation of the range of movement of the canard causes the rocket to glide.
Skill Level 2
Length: 14.5 in.
Wingspan: 13.5 in.
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