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Hi from Sydney

Posted: Sun May 03, 2020 5:15 pm
by RileyAeroX
Hi Everyone!

I am a third year aeronautical engineering and physics at USYD. Totally keen to get into building some rockets. Any tips on how to start?

Look forward to meeting new people!


Re: Hi from Sydney

Posted: Sun May 03, 2020 6:26 pm
by OverTheTop
Welcome aboard Riley. Have I met you yet? I am a mentor for the USYD Rocketry Team :)

Lots of friendly people here. Any questions, just ask!

I would think you would start making some smaller rockets, capable of motors in the D-F range, and then scale up from there. Techniques in the high-power realm can get good leverage on build techniques in the mid-power region.

If you are not a member of the USYD Rocketry Team I suggest you contact them and join up. They are a great bunch to work with :)

Re: Hi from Sydney

Posted: Sun May 03, 2020 7:56 pm
by RileyAeroX
I have attempted to join USYD rocketry but I didn't pass the interview which was really frustrating. Hence now why I'm now going to learn on my own. Thanks for the advice on which rockets to start with! I'm really keen to start building!

Re: Hi from Sydney

Posted: Mon May 04, 2020 8:07 am
by Kryten
I agree - start small and then work your way up.
I'd recommend something that takes A-C motors for your first build.
C motors offer the best "bang for buck"

Re: Hi from Sydney

Posted: Mon May 04, 2020 11:56 am
by RileyAeroX
Ohhh amazing!

I will definitely look into it. Thank you so much.

Re: Hi from Sydney

Posted: Mon May 04, 2020 12:24 pm
by Aquaman33
Hi Riley,

Welcome to the forum!

NSW Rocketry Association is your nearest club.

We are not launching at the moment because of Covid-19, but club members normally launch low and mid power rockets at Whalan Reserve near Mount Druitt once a month and we have high power launches out at Mullaley twice a year.

There is a calendar on the club's website: ... endar.html

This video gives you a good feel for what we get up to at Mullaley:

Most people start with Estes low power kits that use A, B, C and D black powder motors. You can get "ready to fly" kits, or kits that require some more advance model building skills.

Then once you have some experience move up to mid power and composite motors.

Then you will get hooked and want to do high power (with a club!).

Look forward to hearing about what rocket projects you have planned.



Re: Hi from Sydney

Posted: Mon May 04, 2020 5:38 pm
by RileyAeroX
Thanks Derek,

I am super excited to start building and hopefully soon launch some rockets with you! I think you are definitely correct in saying that I'll get hooked! I've already been busy watching Youtube videos and reading some books and already want to learn how to make one from scratch!

Re: Hi from Sydney

Posted: Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:57 am
Welcome to the forum Riley :)