The ARCIE II is a rocket powered boost-glider, bearing Rob Edmonds' signature jigsaw puzzle construction and a pre-shaped balsa wing.
Boost Gliders (BG’s) are a combination of a rocket and a glider. On the way up, there is a booster rocket that actually hauls up the glider structure. This booster rocket separates from the glider at ejection and returns to Earth using a streamer or parachute to slow its descent. At ejection, the glider begins its majestic return back to earth using aerodynamic lifting forces to make it slowly glide down. This mid-flight separation is the main characteristic that distinguishes the boost gliders from the rocket gliders (RG’s). For fine examples of RG’s, see the Cici and the ECEE Thunder models, also from Edmonds.
The distinguising factor between the ARCIE II and other boost gliders is that, on the way down, the hobbyist retains the management of the aircraft via radio control.
The apogee and ejection may be a little scary, but soon afterwards the glider settles into a flat trajectory, allowing you to take over. That is when the real fun begins! You can do circles around the launch pad or, for more experienced pilots, figure 8's and other aerobatics! You can expect glide times of 2 minutes or more on a D12 engine.
Requires 3/16" diameter launch rod (sold separately).
Skill Level: 3
Length: 21.25 in.
Wingspan: 18 in.
Equipment Fairing Diameter: 0.98 in.
-- Glider, raw parts: 2.3 oz (approx)
-- Glider, built, w/ RC gear: 3.5 oz (approx)
-- Booster + Glider (w/ RC gear, no engine): 5 oz (approx)
Recommended Engines: C11-3, D12-3 and E9-4
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