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OK, so having built the R/C Space Shuttle Enterprise glider, I have found myself in need of a 747 carrier aircraft.

A BIG 747 carrier aircraft ;) Length 68 inches overall. Wingspan 60 inches. To be powered by 2 brushless outrunner motors in the trailing edges of the wings. There will be a servo-activated release system to release the shuttle at a safe altitude. Then the shuttle continues its r/c glide to earth while the 747 continues to fly.
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Scud01us Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
look into high-bypass turbofans as they are available for that scale and I have seen youtube videos of 747s and other large aircraft powered by them.
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Yuxtapuestoelmono Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
GUACHOOOO! :XD:
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autobotchari Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is an amazing build there. As an r/c pilot myself, I say that is pretty cool.
I'm curious, what kind of foam are you using in this? And does that shuttle have its own control surfaces?
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GrummanCat Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
THANKS!! The vertical part of the 747 body is 2-inch rigid foam insulation from the hardware store. The horizontal part is 1-inch insulation foam. The wings of the 747 are 1-inch thick fan fold foam.

The vertical part of the space shuttle is 1/2-inch rigid foam. The wings are 3/16-inch fan fold foam. A carbon fiber rod holds the wings stiff. The shuttle does indeed have 2 servos driving 2 elevons in a delta wing configuration. No motor, it is simply a glider.

However, once the 747 has gotten some flights in, I plan to start launching my POWERED space shuttles from it, on longer flights. :D
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Skoshi8 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
The shuttle is a profile model? Haven't seen those since the 60s.
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GrummanCat Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Yes, the glider shuttle is profile, but I'm planning a full-width powered shuttle which will be air launched and powered by pusher prop in the tail.
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Tiberius-Aires Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
I remember seeing the real thing fly over my head back when I was in Elementary school. Thanks for bringing back that awesome memory!
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GrummanCat Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
You bet! Glad you enjoyed.
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elijarman Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Student Artist
still sad NASA isn't flying anymore
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GrummanCat Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Extremely sad. :( Still the coolest space craft ever.
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elijarman Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Student Artist
yeah,
i got an awesome letter from school earlier this summer, i kinda got into a small NASA thing
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MCMXC2 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
So good!:)
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AndyCarolan Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
ooh, very nice.

I miss the Shuttle already :(
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GrummanCat Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Me too!!! And Atlantis hasn't even landed yet! At least we get to see them in museums from now on.
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AndyCarolan Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
True, True... does feel like something of a step backwards as there is nothing yet/anytime soon to replace it.
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GrummanCat Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
It's not the same as an orbital space shuttle, but right now I feel the most excitement from Virgin Galactic's VSS Enterprise. I feel that, in time, they will have an orbital version, perhaps a partnership with NASA.
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AndyCarolan Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Has the right name too doesnt it :)

I think all the exciting stuff will start to come from the private sector now... at least for a while
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GrummanCat Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
Yeah, Branson is a big Star Trek fan.
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AndyCarolan Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Branson is pretty cool... if anyone has a chance of getting into space, he has. The balloon almost got him there after all lol
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Jepray Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
nice job
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GrummanCat Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Thanks! Hope it flies well.
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Jepray Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
looks like a solid build, good profile, nice wing shape, should be a solid flyer... i really need to work on my R/c plane projects... its been too long...
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KissSh0t Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Student Writer
Wowzorz :o

I watched the last shuttle launch on tv.. it was awesome.. then i went youtubing for rocket launches and found this breathtaking video.. it really is an amazing video!!! >>>>> [link]
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GrummanCat Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
I watched (and faved) the video you sent me. That is awesome! The spin must be a way of stabilizing it.
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KissSh0t Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Student Writer
It made me feel dizzy watching it and then when It was in outer space.. I'm like... omg.. that is so high up xD
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Eagle1Division Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You should use estes engines and give the shuttle big motors :XD:
Except that might be a bit too dangerous for the shuttle than you'd like. Esp. if your math is a bit off and the estes motors put out the wrong thrust and causes the shuttle to rotate... :O
Nevermind, LOL.

Anyways, where do you find all the motors and stuff to make R/C airplanes? I've been dreaming of that for a long time now! :)
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GrummanCat Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
It's a very fun (but often pricey) hobby. You'd be addicted. ;)

The Enterprise here made her first glide flights this morning (towed by a tow plane, not the 747 you see here).

She actually flew pretty darn well considering the small wing.
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