Who's Building This Thing?
The man behind the missile

For as long as I can remember, I've always had a passion for science, technology and man-made things that fly. The Builder with a large pulsejet

You can see the type of things I've been doing over on my jet engine website

For the past eight years I've also written and published Aardvark Daily, NZ's longest-running and arguably most influential daily tech-news and commentary website. I also write regular columns and occasional pieces for several other online and print-media publishers.

I have considerable professional experience in electronics and software design, particularly in the areas of RF telemetry/control and realtime systems development/implementation.

Another useful skillset is my long-term involvement in the hobby of model aircraft. Over the past thirty years or so I've designed, scratch-built and flown numerous models of both conventional and decidedly unorthodox design.

All of these skills and this experience will undoubtedly be of great value during the design and construction of this project.

The DIY Cruise Missile project is actually an off-shoot of development work on my XJet engine.

Needing a "flying testbed" for the Generation-3 X-Jet prototypes, I figured I could kill two birds with one stone and create a design that not only gave me the dynamic environment required to thoroughly test this new engine, but one which could also become a low-cost cruise missile.

It should be noted however, that the DIY Cruise Missile version of this craft documented on this site will not use an X-Jet engine but instead rely on a traditional pulsejet design for which there is much design information already in the public domain.


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