> << If this is correct, the trick would be to design a rocket that has a
> side-on CP located at the CG, but an end-on CP located behind the CG. >>
> This is a very interesting notion, particularly interesting because I believe
> it has in effect been achieved. You'll notice some high-power types that,
> before they deploy their chutes, will decend quite a long way in a horizontal
> attitude (usually also rotating around the long axis for some reason or other).
> . . .
that effect, but I can't say for sure in a quantitative way. For
seen rockets like the Estes Longshot (small fins, long body) turn *away*
the wind, time and again. I have a modified two stage Maniac that does
thing. I have an idea that the typical calculation of CP is based on
assumptions, like airflow along the axis and that the formula won't work
turn the rocket sideways. Then the real CP may be in some other
if you could anticipate the shift, you could use it to your advantage.
But I'm really just guessing.