18th March 2018 Launch "Flames Smoke & Noise Spectacular"

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Re: 18th March 2018 Launch "Flames Smoke & Noise Spectacular"

Postby Sirbrad » Sun Mar 18, 2018 3:34 pm

What a great day. So many eager onlookers and kids flying their first rockets. Congrats to the club members for running a successful event. I hope the cornfields did not claim too many rockets.


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Re: 18th March 2018 Launch "Flames Smoke & Noise Spectacular"

Postby kopius » Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:53 am

It was an excellent day and watching some of the rocket drift towards the corn, I figured I would point the 6” monster in the opposite direction. With a gentle lift off to a reported 2764’, it landed just on the other side of the river. Thanks to a team of QUT students (in particular one dedicated swimmer), the rocket was recovered after about 6 laps across the river.
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Re: 18th March 2018 Launch "Flames Smoke & Noise Spectacular"

Postby joeman » Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:49 am

Thank heavens it was retrieved!

P.S. Can't swim in rivers up here in Cairns!
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Re: 18th March 2018 Launch

Postby snrkl » Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:03 am

kopius wrote:It was an excellent day and watching some of the rocket drift towards the corn, I figured I would point the 6” monster in the opposite direction. With a gentle lift off to a reported 2764’, it landed just on the other side of the river. Thanks to a team of QUT students (in particular one dedicated swimmer), the rocket was recovered after about 6 laps across the river.
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Do you have rocket / launch config details (What motor was that on again?) I have a video of the launch I will put on youtube, but wanted some rocket specs for the titles... We had so many false starts, I stopped recording for a bit and missed recording Matt reading out the specs from the LCO table...

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Re: 18th March 2018 Launch "Flames Smoke & Noise Spectacular"

Postby joeman » Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:37 am

L900, 3,500 ft.

Got a video on iphone too if you would like as well.

Cheers!

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Re: 18th March 2018 Launch "Flames Smoke & Noise Spectacular"

Postby snrkl » Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:39 am

joeman wrote:L900, 3,500 ft.


Thanks Joe - Was that for "Taking out the Trash" or "March Fly"?

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Re: 18th March 2018 Launch "Flames Smoke & Noise Spectacular"

Postby joeman » Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:49 am

That was for "Taking out the Trash"
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Re: 18th March 2018 Launch "Flames Smoke & Noise Spectacular"

Postby kopius » Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:30 am

joeman wrote:L900, 3,500 ft.

Got a video on iphone too if you would like as well.

Cheers!

Joe

Just to clarify, it was L900 Dark Matter and the reported altitude was 2,764 ft. 4.07m tall x 6.1" diameter
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Re: 18th March 2018 Launch "Flames Smoke & Noise Spectacular"

Postby drew » Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:38 am

Finally put some paint on that bird eh? Well done folks!
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Re: 18th March 2018 Launch "Flames Smoke & Noise Spectacular"

Postby snrkl » Mon Mar 19, 2018 1:31 pm

Build thread was here:
http://www.rocketryforum.com/showthread ... ild-Thread

Max altitude 828.8 m
Date 18/03/2018 9:01 AM
Mode Rocket
Duration 1 min 32 secs

Thrust time 1.70 secs
Max speed 718.7 kph
Peak accel 18.50 Gs
Avg accel 12.00 Gs
Ejection delay 10.30 secs
Coast-Apogee 10.30 secs
Apogee-Eject 0.00 secs
Ejection altitude 828.8 m
Initial descent 10.5 m/s
Landing speed 5.5 m/s

Flight was nominal - the chute (unusually) stayed on top of the corn which made locating it MUCH easier...

There is a little surprise in the video - some aspects of the flight were less than nominal... ;^p

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Re: 18th March 2018 Launch "Flames Smoke & Noise Spectacular"

Postby snrkl » Mon Mar 19, 2018 1:55 pm

kopius wrote:
joeman wrote:L900, 3,500 ft.

Got a video on iphone too if you would like as well.

Cheers!

Joe

Just to clarify, it was L900 Dark Matter and the reported altitude was 2,764 ft. 4.07m tall x 6.1" diameter


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Re: 18th March 2018 Launch "Flames Smoke & Noise Spectacular"

Postby kopius » Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:43 pm

snrkl wrote:There is a little surprise in the video - some aspects of the flight were less than nominal... ;^p

Hahaha, that is a fun video. Sometimes have to be lucky with recovery... and not just the rocket ;-)

Well done on your L1 too!
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Re: 18th March 2018 Launch "Flames Smoke & Noise Spectacular"

Postby Digit » Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:17 pm

What a fantastic day we had for our Flames, Smoke and Noise 2018 launch. Nice still conditions with light cloud clearing by 10am were ideal for building the 250-strong crowd up with some low powered rocketry before breaking out the big guns.

There was a whopping 145 flights in total, with 95 pyrotechnic launches and 50 water rocket launches. Motors for the day were a brilliant spread of all but L3 impulse (6x1/8A, 48xA, 5xB, 8xC, 7xD, 3xE, 2xF, 6xG, 4xH, 1xI, 1xJ, 3xK and 1xL).

Joseph Turner achieved his Level 2 Certification with a successful dual deployment flight of “March Fly” to 3740ft on a K940.

Aidan Clarke achieved his Level 1 Certification with a successful flight of “MK4 Rocket Propelled Companion Pod” reaching 2719ft on a H135. Congratulations to you both!

Proceedings were temporarily halted for a special announcement of QRS’ newest Honorary Member - Ole Kirk.
Ole was a much-loved member of QRS and his passion for rocketry was inspiring to everyone in the club. This passion was reflected in his determination to achieve his Level 2 Certification in HPR which he successfully accomplished in October 2016 flying "Hawk" to 3000ft.
Ole was entered onto the QRS Honorary Member Roll posthumously on the 18 March 2018. Matt Barton and Ari Piirainen presented a plaque to Ole’s four children in commemoration.

Blake and Kaleb pushed the launch button on the ‘big finale’, launching the four-metre-tall rocket; “Taking Out The Trash”; to 2764ft on a L900.

A big thank you to:
The Scenic Rim Astronomy Association for bringing along two of their solar scopes and generously allowing both QRS members and the public take a look at the sun up close.

It’s Rocket Science Adventures for bringing along all your water rocketry equipment for the kids (the big ones too).

The FITI volunteers for working tirelessly and assisting visitors to launch 46 rockets.

Our volunteers that looked after all the hungry tummies at the barbeque, the volunteers that manned the gate for ticket sales and those that help set up and pack up the site.

See you all next time!
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Re: 18th March 2018 Launch "Flames Smoke & Noise Spectacular"

Postby crom » Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:43 pm

Congratulations to Aiden and Joe on their certifications!

I was very impressed with Joe's thoroughness and attention to detail. Every step in his setup was photographed and documented. With the distractions on the day his preparedness contributed significantly to a perfect flight and certification.

A big thank you to our tireless volunteers without whose help we could not run an advertised launch day:

Kayleigh's parents for helping on the BBQ
Jeremy for volunteering on the BBQ
Sarah and Julie for manning the gate
Phil, Rob and Warren for running FITI
Len, George and Ari for RSO / LCO duties
Everyone who arrived early and stayed late to help set up / pack up
Everyone else that I've invariably forgotten from this list

Thank you!

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Re: 18th March 2018 Launch "Flames Smoke & Noise Spectacular"

Postby dmeeze » Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:28 pm

Thank you QRS for an excellent day. Ours was the proud sacrificial powerline trophy, so none of yours had to be :)

I think I might have the bug, and given that our only rocket is now the proud temporary property of Energex, it might be time to go shopping.

Please expect lots of dumb newbie questions as I start to think up ever more inane rocket designs.


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