The Discmania Astronaut is a faster speed driver that allows beginners to get more distance.
With a 6 rated glide, the Astronaut will be a popular option for new players to get more distance.
Let’s take a closer look at the Discmania Astronaut and why it’s becoming a popular distance driver for players of all skill levels.
Discmania Astronaut Distance Driver
The Astronaut stays in the air, and that’s a good thing.
It gives you the ability to shape shots and have a high speed turnover disc in your bag.
The Astronaut is only available in the Active Line plastic right now.
Discmania Astronaut Disc Dimensions
Below are the dimensions of the Astronaut:
- Diameter: 21.2 cm
- Height: 1.8 cm
- Rim Depth: 1.1 cm
- Rim Width: 2.3 cm
- Max Weight: 180.00 g
Discmania Astronaut Flight Path
The Flight ratings for the Astronaut below:
- Speed: 12.0
- Glide: 6.0
- Turn: -4.0
- Fade: 1.0
The Astronaut is a very understable driver. It will have it’s use cases for players of every skill range.
Available Plastic Types
The Astronaut is only available in the ‘Active Premium’ Line.
Best type of throws for the Astronaut
(Best Choice for: Long Distance Turnovers, Beginner Distance Driver, Hyzer Flip Control)
Long Distance Turnover Shots
Someone that’s intermediate to advanced in skill level will make this type of shot work consistently (remember it is a 12 speed).
The Astronaut with it’s 6 rated glide will give you enough flight to enjoy a long turnover shot.
This shot will be useful for anyone who’s been playing disc golf for at least a year or has developed a good form and can turn the Astronaut over.
Here’s how to check.
Have you accidentally turned the Astronaut into a roller?
You have?! Good.
You are ready to turn down the power or add a hyzer angle to your release to make this shot work.
Test, test test.
This disc will not fair extremely well in big wind gusts though, so be careful with when you take this shot.
Tailwinds are your best friend forever and ever with this disc.
Beginner Distance Driver
As a player still learning their form, the Astronaut can be your first step into a true ‘distance driver’.
With a -4 turn, it is one of the most out of the box understable high speed drivers manufactured by any disc company on the market today.
If you are new to disc golf and are still having trouble throwing the astronaut straight, you should look for a similar flight path in a lower speed.
If you’re sticking with the Discmania brand, the Genius is the fairway driver you should check out.
Hyzer Flip Control
If you are able to turn over the Astronaut, then the long turnover shot isn’t the only shot type you have available with the Astronaut.
If you have been practicing your hyzer flip, you can also counter balance the understability (flippy-ness) of the astronaut off the rip with a hyzer angled release.
I will add in here that if you have the arm speed and form, you would also be able to use the Astronaut as a long range hyzer flip turnover disc as well.
Similar Discs to the Astronaut
There are a couple discs that have similar traits to the Astronaut.
Here’s a short list (but not a full one):
- Innova Mamba: Less Speed, More Turn
- Infinite Discs Maya: Less Speed, Less Turn
- MVP Orbital: Less Speed, Slightly Less Glide, Slightly More Turn
These three discs I’ve selected are very similar in flight path to the Astronaut including their speed, turn or glide.
Each one will offer something slightly different.
*I will be writing up a future article to cover this topic.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is the Astronaut available in Glow plastic?
No. Currently the Astronaut is not available in glow plastic.
Is there a Discmania Astronaut Series Release?
No. At this time there are Tour Series releases for the Astronaut.
Where can I find a rare Discmania Astronaut Stamp?
The Astronaut has only been out a few years. The first runs Astronauts will most likely become a future commodity to collectors.
The best place to look for special or rare stamps is on the r/discexchange on Reddit, eBay (could be expensive), or the Disc Golf Buy/Sell/Trade FB Group.
Is there a Discmania Astronaut Shirt (Merch)?
Yes. There is an artist page on RedBubble that made Astronaut shirts related to the disc.
Review Methodology & Why You Should Trust Us
There are a lot of different disc golf discs on the market, and it can be a real challenge to understand all the nuances about the differences between them.
Disc Golfer Rich Priebe (#69849) has been playing for over 10 years and has spent hundreds of hours researching, testing and reviewing hundreds of different disc golf discs and talking to experts in the field like Ben Calhoun of The Throw Shop.
As the writer on every article on this site (Rich), I only recommend discs and other products that I believe in and that I think will deliver value for your time, skill, and money.
My goal is to help you find the perfect disc that fits your skill and fills that hole in your bag, so that you can enjoy your rounds of disc while getting better at the game.
The Astronaut by Discmania is a new players friend, and is a very good disc to choose as your first true distance driver.
Play the tailwinds, learn to hyzer flip and practice your rollers with this disc.
It has a lot of utility for players of all skill levels.