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Ted Cochran's 2X Upscale Mars Lander

Ted, a Minneapolis resident, has flown his 2X upscale Mars Lander several times.  


Blue-bordered images are thumbnails; click on them to see larger image.

Thanks to photographers Alan Estenson, Glen Overby, and Ted Cochran for the pictures shown here.

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Before paint.  Note the red Mini Marz lander.

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Ted and the Lander.

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First flight on I211-S

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  And now for something a little different...


Ted Cochran evidently decided that he wanted something big AND unusual.  No 3FNC for Ted!


Ted's 2X upscale Mars Lander was built from the Tango Papa kit.  It is an upscale of the old Estes kit.


The Lander made its first appearance at a rocket display in December of 1999.  It was very impressive (without paint or decals yet) as it stood next to a little Estes Mini Marz Lander.  It was only overshadowed by the Minnesota BHR standing next to it.


This rocket has a 38mm motor mount.  The heavily-weighted nosecone has its own parachute and separates from the body and its parachute.  One of this rocket's coolest features are the four spring-loaded landing legs.


The Lander rose for its first flight at the Minnesota Tripoli launch in June of 2000.  On an I211-S, it had a picture-perfect flight.


Unfortunately, on a flight later in 2000, the main chute failed to deploy and the Lander, well, landed - hard.  It crunched some of the upper structure and body wraps.


After repairing and rebuilding over the winter, the Lander appeared again at the Minnesota Tripoli launch on May 12, 2001.

Again on an I211-S, the rocket redeemed itself by rising to a perfect flight.  On landing, the Lander almost stayed upright on its legs, but bounced over onto its side.


A great rocket; cool flights!  Nice job, Ted!


Rocket Name:  2X Mars Lander

Builder / Flyer:  Ted Cochran

Kit Manufacturer:  Tango Papa (with minor builder modifications)

Diameter:  8 inches

Length:  26 inches

Leg span:  28 inches

Legs travel over 4 inches

Weight:  5 lb 11 oz empty (1 lb 10 oz of that is the nose cone!), gross take off weight is 7 lb 3 oz with an I211-s.

Components:  Based around 7.5" PML phenolic tubing

Electronics:  none

Recovery:  44" parachute for the main Lander, 18"  parachute for the nose.

Load-Out:  typical I211-S

Altitude:  850 to 1050 feet depending upon simulation parameters