What really happened to the X-Wing rocket. I can only assume this ‘true version’ has been suppressed by the government. And LFL. Together.
If you’re Andy Woerner and his crazy rocketeer friends (translation: Geeks), and you have an idea, four Class M solid-fuel rocket engines, Baltic Birch wood, solid aluminum, CAD software, and friends at Polecat Aerospace (helped by RMS Laser and Aerotech Consumer Aerospace), what would you do?
Build a flyable X-wing fighter, of course.
The Flight of the X-Wing occurred on October 6.
There’s another, more extensive video here. There’s also a link at the bottom to the launch of a Y-Wing on the same day, with in-flight camera footage!
Roleplaying jokes meet Star Wars in the Darths & Droids webcomic.
Y-Wing rocket fares slightly better than X-Wing. Of course, it’s still in pieces, but I don’t think anyone is expecting otherwise.
Elsewhere, Gizmodo polls on what the X-Wing folks should do next. As I post this, the Millennium Falcon is winning. People are sadists, man.
Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, the latest host of the Science Meets Imagination exhibit, is auctioning off an X-Wing miniature autographed by George Lucas.
UPDATE: Longer version with background chatter on Gizmodo. (Thanks, Fen!)
Andy Woerner and friends have a built a 21-foot by 19 foot X-Wing out of plywood and aluminum, powered by four solid-fuel rocket engines. The wings are radio-controlled and actually move. All the way. Into attack position. How crazy are these folks?
The X-Wing will launch next week (unmanned!) Gizmodo has the full story and all the rocket-geek details.