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20th August 2017 Launch

Posted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:49 am
by Digit

The Queensland Rocketry Society Inc (QRS) would like to invite all interested people and members of the Australian rocketry community to our August launch.


Date: Sunday 20th August 2017
Range Open: 0800.
Range Closed: 1300.
Ceiling: 5000ft AGL. (A NOTAM will be posted with Air Services Brisbane office).


If you require directions to launch area 2 at Cedar Grove, please refer to the QRS Website.


* Members are asked to sign in at the RSO table at 8:00am.
* If your membership is not current on the day, you will not be able to launch.
* HPR rocketeers will need to provide evidence of a current QLD explosives licence.
* If launching an unproven design, either scratch built or a modified kit, bring a copy of your sim so the RSO can verify the stability/safety of your rocket.


This launch is AMRS sanctioned and AMRS certification flights for Level 1 & 2 will be conducted. Remember to make arrangements with the AMRS Certification Officer prior to the launch day. AMRS members from across Australia who wish to attempt certification are welcome to attend for this purpose.


If adverse weather or other conditions on the day of the launch effect the launch program, the launch will be rescheduled. If on the day of the launch, you are uncertain the launch will proceed, check this post for updates or contact 07 33331655 and follow the prompts to local clubs. A cancellation notice will be posted to the launch site shortly after 7:00am on the day of the launch.

See you there!

Re: 20th August 2017 Launch

Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:58 pm
by Digit
You may have noticed we brought the pesky wind back with us from MARS Attacks on account of gusts of up to 69km/h being measured today and they're predicted to get even higher tomorrow, but fear not! The outlook for Sunday shows wind speeds back down to 15km/h in the morning to 25km/h in the middle of the day which we can certainly still launch in. 8)

In addition we hope to have some college students undertaking aerospace and aviation studies come visit us as guests. If any members have anything a little more sophisticated or special that they'd like to bring along to show off our hobby, this is a good opportunity. (The students were unable to attend our July public launch as they were on an excursion to the Kennedy Space Center!)

Re: 20th August 2017 Launch

Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:18 pm
by Digit
A light breeze that rather rapidly became a respectable sort of wind didn’t deter our handful of members that came to fly and we even got over our average launch count with 53 flights, 10 of which were water rockets! Thank you to Cran and Sarah from “It’s Rocket Science Adventures” for bringing out and setting up your water rockets for the kids to launch and learn (it didn’t take long for the big kids to start playing with them either leading to a water rocket drag race!)

We also had some aerospace studies students come along from Mueller College along with their teacher to launch their rockets they had built. They were all keen to learn and asked many of our members all their questions. Thanks Mueller for coming along and we hope to see you again next time.

Alex Helbig wasn’t about to let a ‘little breeze’ stop him from tickling some air space, flying his “Rainbow Warrior” to 2,400’ on a H120 Red Lightning for a successful Level 1 certification flight. Well done Alex and congratulations!

Aidan flew one of the more unique rockets of the day named “Break Away”, being a beautifully detailed 890mm long rocket that breaks into 6 tethered sections at apogee and tumble recovers its way back to the ground like a Chinese dragon. Each section is painted a different colour to form a rainbow coloured rocket on the pad.

Lachlan flew another of the unique rockets for the day that is a non-conventional design with one large conical ‘fin’ and a cluster of four motors mounted two thirds of the way up the airframe on a canter rather than at the base.

Today’s launch also marked two special occasions, the first being QRS signing on its 200th member since origination 10 years ago, and the other special occasion belonged to Warren McKay, who had his 100th flight with QRS. To celebrate the occasion Warren replicated his Level 1 certification flight, launching the exact same rocket “Tethys”, with the same type of motor being a H125 classic for a picture perfect ‘re-certification’. Congratulations Warren and QRS.

See you all at the next launch!

Re: 20th August 2017 Launch

Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:33 pm
by snrkl
Do we have any pics yet?

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Re: 20th August 2017 Launch

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:17 am
by SpaceManMat
Congrats Alex on certifying and Waren too. Sounds like a great day.