Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Vern Estes Motor Patent

Here's a patent illustration for the Estes model rocket motor.

There has been an argument regarding whether it should be called a engine or a motor. On this patent it is called a "Toy Rocket Motor".

This patent was filed July 24, 1959 and approved March 24, 1964.
I don't quite understand the Figure 1 drawing. It looks more like a bottle rocket. Maybe it was to show a comparison between a fireworks bottle rocket and a model rocket.All drawn engines look to have a fuse in their nozzles.

Take a look at this early Carlisle patent.

In Figure 5: While it looks like a model rocket motor, there is a fuse outside the motor casing acting as a delay. It runs from the top of the propellant to the ejection charge.

From what I've read, some of the RDC (Irv Wait) engines had a fuse outside of the casing. The length of the fuse determined how long the delay was before ejection.

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