NSWRA Low and Mid Power Launch 7th Nov 2020

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NSWRA Low and Mid Power Launch 7th Nov 2020

Postby Aquaman33 » Sat Nov 07, 2020 5:26 pm

It was a pleasant slightly overcast day for NSWRA's very busy low and mid power launch. Light winds were kind to most rockets.

I didn't count the rockets but the rods and rails quickly filled up after each launch. It was great to see so many members enjoying the day.

Once again the committee of NSWRA did a fantastic job of organising a COVID-safe launch. Thank you!

Special thanks to everyone that helped out on the day with set up, RSOing and LCOing. I will forget someone but the wonderful volunteers included David C, Tim, Pavlos and MC Ryan (first time pressing the buttons).

Below are a few of my favourite photos from the day:

Little Joe 2
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David H's Duck Rocket with corporate sponsorship.
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Flying Duck
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Fat Boy going around the bend.
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Mutli-stage mayhem. Please note that the spectators were a very safe distance away. I was using a long lens which makes the spectators look a lot closer than they were.
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Pointy end up please.
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The Shaw family's Yellow Crayon.
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Rip Raw 2 stager.
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Nailed the landing.
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A Bertha variant.
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V2.
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Norman's Aus Post postal tube rocket. There were rumours that it was delivering Cartier watches.
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David H's sacuer. Always gets the crowd excited.
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One of many Fat Boys.
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Nike Smoke.
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David C's rocket making a rare appearance.
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Patriarch.
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Camera just clinging on.
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David C's Toblerone.
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Can you see it? I thought I saw it. Is that it?......etc....etc...
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Another Fat Boy. Heading the wrong way.
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Fat Boy again.
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Everyone loves a Pringles rocket.....
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......except butterflies.
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My favourite flight of the day. A lovely Goblin.
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Re: NSWRA Low and Mid Power Launch 7th Nov 2020

Postby Voyager » Sat Nov 07, 2020 10:21 pm

Looks like a great day was had by all. As usual, brilliant pics!
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Re: NSWRA Low and Mid Power Launch 7th Nov 2020

Postby kopius » Sun Nov 08, 2020 6:59 am

Nice photos.

What happened with the staged rocket? CATO of an early stage?

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Re: NSWRA Low and Mid Power Launch 7th Nov 2020

Postby Aquaman33 » Sun Nov 08, 2020 7:47 am

Voyager wrote:Looks like a great day was had by all. As usual, brilliant pics!


Thanks Voyager. It was a little tricky getting a high enough shutter speed when the clouds blocked the sun, but most of them came out reasonably sharp.

After every launch I wish I had taken more photos of the people. Must remember next time.

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Re: NSWRA Low and Mid Power Launch 7th Nov 2020

Postby Aquaman33 » Sun Nov 08, 2020 8:10 am

kopius wrote:Nice photos.

What happened with the staged rocket? CATO of an early stage?

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Yes, looks like CATO of the first stage. It may be hard to believe, but I didn't even realise it had CATOed until I got home and looked at the photos.

I was the other side of the field with a long lens and it happened very quickly (like most explosions :D ). The images are heavily cropped.

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Re: NSWRA Low and Mid Power Launch 7th Nov 2020

Postby Kryten » Thu Nov 12, 2020 10:02 am

Impressive pics!
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Re: NSWRA Low and Mid Power Launch 7th Nov 2020

Postby Voyager » Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:21 pm

That's an impressive CATO! What motor was it? An Estes E9 or E12?
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Re: NSWRA Low and Mid Power Launch 7th Nov 2020

Postby rocketrookman » Sun Nov 15, 2020 1:10 pm

Hi All. Excellent Photos Derek.
This was my first CATO. It was an Estes E12-0. It blew the nozzle out, spat the motor and the retainer. It did manage to light the D12 in the sustainer. The retainer was plastic and still works. The booster didn't sustain much damage.

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Re: NSWRA Low and Mid Power Launch 7th Nov 2020

Postby Voyager » Sun Nov 15, 2020 4:30 pm

I recently had three E9s and two E12s end up like that. Make sure you fill out a MESS report at
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