crom wrote:Awesome stuff, congratulations Mat!
Do you think there would be any altitude difference between the using fly away rail guide or a tower??
I did some trial sims in OR which suggestted that the lost momentum in the fly away rails and drag cost 20 feet. However that assumed clean and immediate separation as It left the rails, as you can see from the photo it stayed on quite long. I think it is probably a minimum of 50 feet possibly up to 100. Of course if you do away with the fly away rails you then need to think about MD tower and does that cause addition friction? So that may offset the losses slightly, but I think a MD tower would have the advantage.
Got to do some work, will post altimiter data etc later.