Vulture 2 rocket motor heater connect - the garden shed KISS solution

Having spent far too much time pondering just how to create an effective connection between our Vulture 2 spaceplane's rocket motor heater and its external LiPo and thermostat, we're obliged to the inspired Reg reader who came up with a classic KISS solution.

The problem was to have a hook-up which wouldn't disconnect as the aircraft made its way to altitude, but which also wouldn't impede the plane's launch.

We'd considered magnets, induction coils, microwave/laser links, etc, etc, but here's the garden shed solution: some lengths of 2mm copper tube with wires shoved into them:

So, the wires are firmly connected pre-launch, and then just fly out when the Vulture blasts off. There's more on this extremely cunning plan here.

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on June 10, 2014 at 1:44am

A plan so cunning you could stick a tail on it...

Comment by Lester Haines on June 10, 2014 at 1:45am

That I believe is exactly how the plan was formulated, albeit in a garden shed.

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