Questions tagged [rocket]

For questions about rockets as they pertain to aviation. Questions about rockets in the context of space are off topic here.

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Why is the center of pressure of a rocket at its centroid?

From thin airfoil theory, at subsonic speeds, the center of pressure of any uncambered airfoil is at quarter chord. For sounding rockets, however, the center of pressure is generally assumed to be ...
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At what altitude does a wing become useless? [duplicate]

At what speed or altitude does an aircraft become more efficient as a rocket then a plane using thrust vectoring instead of the wings to steer? At what altitude did the flight control surfaces of the ...
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Effect of Turbulence on Dynamics

I am trying to make a simplified version of a model rocket in MATLAB's Simulink. I have modeled the actual dynamics already, and they work perfectly fine. The inputs to the dynamics are the forces and ...
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Are the nearby airplanes cleared of the sky when launching Falcon Heavy? [duplicate]

I was checking Flightradar24 when launch occurred and didn't see any difference. Also, 3 boosters landed back successfully. I assume the sky has to be clear of airplanes to avoid any potential ...
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Why are hexa airfoils used on rockets despite having more drag that diamond airfoils? [closed]

I was doing a study on airfoils shape for a rocket. I tested the diamond and the hexagonal airfoil with Missile DatCom, RasAero and the Shock Expansion theory and from my results it seems like the ...
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Does the FAA have any special requirements for oxidizer tanks on rocket-powered aircraft?

There are quite a number of strict FAA requirements for aircraft fuel tanks (must withstand such-and-such many Gs from such-and-such directions, must be inerted, must be puncture-resistant, et cetera, ...
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How can ballistic techniques be used for civil passenger transport? [closed]

Going anywhere on the globe in half an hour, instead of up to 29 hours, is of course very appealing. How can ballistic technology be used for the purpose? Will cost be acceptable for average ...
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Are throttleable rocket engines the less efficient the lower the power setting?

Are throttleable rocket engines less efficient the lower the power setting? Logically that would lead to lower pressures in combustion chamber and so lower thermodynamic efficiency. Or is it remedied ...
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Can air to air refueling can be done in the rocket engines as done in the Aircraft jet engines?

Can air to air refuelling can be done with rocket engines as is done with conventional aircraft jet engines? If no then what are the possible hazards or conditions preventing this?
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Why was a Lockheed L-1011 chosen by Orbital ATK for its Pegasus launches?

Not sure whether this fits better here in Aviation, or would be better suited for Space, but since the question is about a terrestrial aircraft, I'll start it out here. The topic of my question is ...
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Are there any locations where I could launch a rockoon with minimal red tape?

I'm currently working on a research project on hypersonic control surfaces, and as part of it, I'd like to launch a rocket-assisted lifting body from a high-altitude balloon. Are there any locations ...
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What is the theoretical maximum speed of a rocket-powered aircraft in the atmosphere?

I read that the scram jet has a theoretical maximum speed of Mach 24. What is the theoretical maximum speed of a rocket-powered aircraft designed to operate in the atmosphere?
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Would it be possible to build a “rocket” using a series of ducted fans?

I'm wondering if it would be possible to build ducted fan "rocket". My idea is to construct the duct from 18650 batteries, and to have a series of contra rotating fans along its length. I can 3d ...
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How do rocket engines produce more thrust than aircraft jet engines?

I can't find the reason why rockets are able to produce so much thrust when compared to turbojets. I do know that the rockets carry their own own supply of oxygen since there is no oxygen in space or ...