Even before the publication of the similar StarVoyager, I had been planning its successor. The StarVoyager had been limited by the fact that it was simply an interim design with a new wing fitted to an otherwise 9 month old airframe design. In addition, it suffered from parasitic drag using elevator trim to raise the nose in flight, reducing its performance and was not equipped with newer features like LERX from better stability and handling. Performance in spite of these limitations was admirable, but I wished to design a newer, better aircraft. This effort culminated in the Starship.
Some potential experiments possible with this airframe include:
•Weight and balance
•Hangtime versus other aircraft
•How surface inequality can affect aircraft (geometry/shape studies)
TAA USAF Designation: D250-1
Step 1: Materials
1 Piece of 8 by 10.5 inch Graph paper
Step 2: Begin Construction
After the fuselage is made, take another sheet of paper that is folded in half along the lines of boxes. Mark out the wing as shown (3 by 12 boxes). The rate of chord decay on the leading edge should be 2 boxes of chord every 3 boxes of span. The rate of chord decay on the trailing edge should be 1 box every 3 boxes of span. Then mark out the horizontal stabilizers as 2 by 3, plus a swept portion with a sweep of 1 box of chord decaying every 3 boxes outwards from the wing root. To make the canards, measure 3 boxes at the root; the rate of chord decay on the leading edge should be 1 box of chord every 2 boxes of span. The rate of chord decay on the trailing edge should be 1 box every 4 boxes of span. Then cut these out.
Solid lines indicate places to cut. Dotted lines indicate fold lines.
Note: 1 box = 0.25 inches