2- Rocket Powered Aircraft
The Most Unusual Aircraft You Will Ever Fly/Own
“You hit the igniter and you’re in the air in four short seconds, making the X-Racer look more like a rocket with wings”
There are 2 Rocket-Powered Aircraft available for sale. They are $385,000 each and are located in Sebring Florida, they have always be in a hangar. Price for each includes 10 hours of telephone consulting support by the present owner
To recertify with the FAA some inspections and refrubishment may be necessary, to be determined.
The Rocket Racing League is offering for sale two X-Racers (Rocket Racers) that were previously flown under experimental FAA airworthiness certificates at a publicly attended air show under corporate sponsorship. The opportunity exists for the rapid recertification of both aircraft for private or public flight activities. The aircraft are being sold with access to support contracts from both the rocket engine (Exos Aerospace) and airframe (Velocity Aircraft) manufacturers. The original pilot/designer that originally flew the X-Racers is available to support the transition of the aircraft back into operational service. This is a unique opportunity to build a profitable business within the US airshow circuit as a sponsored for-profit two-ship exhibition under mock or actual race scenarios
From a prior magazine article, Aerospace International: The major building blocks of a Rocket Racer are the airframe, the rocket propulsion module, the avionics package and the ground support equipment necessary to operate the vehicle, and of course a highly skilled pilot. The current Rocket Racer airframes, derived from experimental aircraft manufactured by Velocity Aircraft in Sebastian, Florida, have been through three design iterations to better configure the airframe for the dedicated purpose of rocket racing. Along the way, we have incorporated lessons learned from flight tests, ground tests, public exhibitions and analysis. The Mark-III design, which had its public debut at the April 24, 2009, Tulsa QuikTrip Air and Rocket Racing Show, contains a number of major improvements over previous designs: First is a fighter-style canopy which now replaces the traditional gull-wing doors, providing pilots with enhanced visibility for closein operation, and when competing multiple Rocket Racers are in close proximity. The twoseat, side-by-side configuration has been replaced with a single center seat, adding to the enhanced visibility now possible with the canopy top. The cockpit was redesigned to reinforce ease of single-pilot operation, which also eliminated the need for a flight engineer to accompany the primary pilot. Design changes in this configuration allowed equipment to be moved to side consoles to free up the front instrument panel. The aft-engine cowling was redesigned for better pressure recovery to reduce overall vehicle drag for better conversion of velocity to altitude. This involved elongating the aft-engine cowling, also requiring an aft extension on the engine thrust chamber. Also, the key load-bearing structural components of the airframe have been reinforced and strengthened, enhancing the performance potential for higher g flight and off-nominal operation. Reinforced areas include the fuselage area surrounding the main propellant tanks, the main wing spar and the landing gear. Finally, to enhance yaw stability, fins were added to the aft section of the aircraft. These fins, along with the canopy top, are perhaps the most ‘visual’ of all the upgrades. The Mark-II design was retrofitted with the same aft fins and canopy top. propulsion X-Racer engines are now being developed and tested by Doom and Quake creator John Carmack and his team at Armadillo Aerospace. The Armadillo propulsion module, a LOX-Ethanol film-cooled, pressure-fed blow-down engine, is well-designed to best suit the needs of the RRL X-Racer. Generating in excess of 2,500 lb of thrust at lift-off, the newest generation of XRacer lifts off in four seconds; whereas previous versions of the Rocket Racers took 15 seconds. This improvement in performance means that in just a blink of the eye the X-Racer is in the air, after the pilot fires the engine. No one gets off the ground this quickly.
|Is this item covered by the United States Munitions List (USML)?||No|
|Product has Conformance Documentation||Yes|
|Product has Inspection / Test Reports||Yes|
|Product has Traceability Documentation||No|
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