L1 Certification Costs - QRS Brisbane

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L1 Certification Costs - QRS Brisbane

Postby roboticsmick » Mon Oct 11, 2021 1:30 pm

Hi QRS members,

I was hoping to get an idea of the steps and costs from people who've already done their L1 certificate with QRS in Brisbane? I'm located in Brisbane, but hoping to do a rocketry subject online through RMIT in Melbourne next year. One of the requirements is that I get my L1 certificate (the L1 certificate is normally completed as a part of the group assignment for students on campus at RMIT). There were a few things I was unsure of and wanted some advice and feedback before I commited to spending lots of money. Does the list below look about right?

Membership Costs:
Launch fee (day cost) - $10.00AUD
QRS Membership - $150.00AUD
Security clearance for security-sensitive explosives - $205.00AUD

Are these the same thing? Do I need just one/both for my L1?
AMRS HPR certification - Unknown $
OR
Tripoli Rocketry Australia - $10US + $72AUD

Membership Total: $360AUD + L1 fee

Rocket Costs:
Rocket Model - Zephyr 4" - $100US
Motor - Unknown $
Aeropack 29/38mm Motor Adapter - $31US
RocketPoxy or local alternative - $46US
Fibreglass sheets - Unknown $
Primer - $15AUD
Paint - $20AUD
Anything obvious I missed?

Rocket Total: $276AUD + Motor and Fibreglass costs

Thanks in advance for any help!

Cheers,
Mick

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Re: L1 Certification Costs - QRS Brisbane

Postby crom » Mon Oct 11, 2021 8:44 pm

Hey Mick

Here is my summary of the costs based on your breakdown:

Membership Costs:
QRS Membership - $150.00AUD
Security clearance for security-sensitive explosives - $205.00AUD
Explosives license - $60AUD
Membership Total: $415AUD

Rocket Costs:
Rocket - $120AUD
Motor H135 DMS - $63AUD
Aeropack 29/38mm Motor Adapter - $55AUD
Epoxy - $23AUD
Rocket Total: $261AUD

Differences with yours:
1. No launch fee
2. QRS membership fee includes TRA membership
3. Also need an explosives license
4. Buying a basic L1 rocket from AusRocketry
5. Using a DMS H motor i.e. no hardware required
6. No need for fibreglass on an L1 rocket
7. Using the standard mid-cure epoxy
8. Who needs paint

Other things to take into account:
1. Does the rocket kit include a parachute? Swivels? Retainer?
2. Any misfire will require a new e-match
3. If you prefer single use CTI / Aerotech motors then you will need to buy the correct hardware

I think this covers most items but you can always guarantee that something was missed...

Come and talk to me at the November launch day and we can go into more detail...
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Re: L1 Certification Costs - QRS Brisbane

Postby Aquaman33 » Tue Oct 12, 2021 12:58 pm

Good advice and cost breakdown above. Don't show my wife! :lol:

You could save a few dollars by scratch building a rocket, but I wouldn't recommend it unless you have lots of experience. And as you can see the kit is only a small proportion of the cost.

Speaking of experience: If you haven't flown rockets before its a very good idea to get some low and mid power experience before you go for your L1. It's not a Tripoli requirement, but a sensible approach. So you may want to factor that in to your cost and time estimates.

I believe certifications should be a journey where you gradually acquire knowledge and experience over months or years, learn from some mistakes and build your way up to certification flights. But some people just go for their L1 on their first flight!!!

Good luck and don't forget to share your journey. Lots of good advice on this forum.

:D

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Re: L1 Certification Costs - QRS Brisbane

Postby crom » Tue Oct 12, 2021 6:53 pm

100% agree with Aquaman33...

The best approach is to spend time launching low power then mid-power then high-power. There's a lot of fun to be had and lessons to learn at both low and mid-power.

Note also that you will not be approved to undertake an L1 cert flight as your first flight with QRS...
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Re: L1 Certification Costs - QRS Brisbane

Postby roboticsmick » Fri Oct 15, 2021 10:22 am

Thanks everyone for the feedback and advice, it’s really appreciated! Thanks for the price corrections as well! I've got a much better idea of the steps I need to take.

The launch in November sounds like a good starting point! I’ll aim for that and a membership with QRS as my first targets!

I’m really excited to start this adventure into rocketry! Thanks again everyone :D


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