>> > How sought after is a Mars Snooper these days. Can anyone tell me if
>> > these are still available any more. Was also wondering what a Snooper
>> > would be expected to go for if one could find one today.
>> Don't get me goin on the Mars Snooper, now, don't get me goin.
>Awright - more Snooper fans! I agree, they sure don't look as big as
>they once did, but the *original* MS and its recent reissue (the Snooper
>II was lame.lame.lame) have to rank as some of the all-time coolest
>Estes designs. Makes a challenging upscale project too - seven nose
>cones and all those shrouds. Not to malign the Trident and Mars Lander,
>p.s. Glad to see some other swdev consultant/hacker types out there. I
>wonder how many of us old rocket guys are now doin' that gig... 8:)
Here's a little Snooper trivia for you. The design is rather
accurately based on a concept developed by one of the major aerospace
companies (forget which one). Those pods on the fins are supposed to
be ramjets, but here's the strange part, they faced backwards! The
snooper was to enter the atmosphere and fly "backwards" from what we
think of as its normal direction of flight. (In space, a nuclear
rocket would have been mounted in the conventional position. As I
recall, it would have been covered by a clamshell nose-cone of some
sort while in the atmosphere. Strange but true. (I ran across this
information in an old space book in my local library just a couple
weeks back. I'd seen the concept paintings before, but this "flying
backwards" business was new to me.