AYRC 2010 GO FOR LAUNCH

AYRC is designed to help educate school aged students (Grades 1 to 12) using all the factors involved with launching a model rocket for a set mission. www.rocketcontest.org.au

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Re: AYRC 2010 GO FOR LAUNCH

Postby spacepilot » Mon Sep 06, 2010 10:35 pm

Hi Guys,
I would like to thank The Queensland Rocketry Society for all the effort they put into making the Australian Rocketry Challenge a reality. A special mention goes out to Blake for the hours of hard work that he must have put into the event. I also like to thank Ari for his support and advice throughout the event. I have no doubt that the event will be bigger and better next year. We intend to enter more teams next year and bigger and better rockets.

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Re: AYRC 2010 GO FOR LAUNCH

Postby kopius » Mon Sep 06, 2010 10:57 pm

Sorry for my late response, it has been a very hectic week even after the event.

The morning was fresh, clouds nowhere to be seen and there was a buzz amongst the 2010 Australian Youth Rocketry Challenge (AYRC) officials as the Cedar Grove launch area came to life. With the pre-event briefs completed and the teams starting to arrive, we could already see the inaugural AYRC was going to be a great day.
After the range was officially opened, a dozen teams started preparation for the first round of flights. Having only flown the smaller A and B size motors, there were plenty of questions from contestants and involvement from the AYRC officials to make sure flight deadlines were met and range procedures were adhered to.

The judges were ready for what was to be a very exciting and interesting challenge. With a maximum score of 240points available per team, the contestants had to not only build a rocket that would fly with stability and deploy recovery devices correctly, but also had to have great aesthetics.

The first round saw many characteristics which were unknown to some contestants as the power of higher impulse motors quickly destroyed shock cords, fins and nose cones. This meant that the lessons learned in the lead up to the event had to be quickly implemented with onsite repairs to those who had received the unpredicted outcomes of their first round flight. With those repairs and modifications made, round two saw some very big improvements and showed that with the right tools and mind set, the contestants had successfully learnt many aspects/characteristics of rocketry in a very short time.

Ultimately there had to be one winner and a big congratulations goes to the Beauy Beasts from Beaudesert State Primary School who took out first place by only 3 points. Second place was Nocturnal from Springwood State High School and third was the Beauy Beauties from Beaudesert State Primary School. All of the results can be found on the AYRC website www.rocketcontest.org.au

Throughout the day there were a number of demonstration flights starting from mid power E and G motors up to Level 1 and Level 2 high power I and J motors. There was also a flight of the Cool Spool (electrical reel) and a toob’oh on a D21. These demonstrations showed how the thrust curve on motors is exponential as the impulse range increases and that with enough power you can basically make anything fly. Apart from the scientific benefits of these demonstrations, I never get tired of seeing and hearing the ‘Wow factor’ amongst the crowd.

The purpose of the AYRC was to help educate school aged students using all the factors involved with launching a model rocket, including theoretical and practical use of mathematics, physics, history, aerodynamics and more. I believe those aspects were well captured by students and there are already plans to increase the skill set of contestants with advancements in the challenge requirements for next year.

I would like to personally thank everyone involved in the inaugural Australian Youth Rocketry Challenge. From the AYRC officials and sponsors, to the contestants, teachers and parents, this event couldn’t have been as successful as it was without the support and participation of everyone involved. I must also put a big thank you out to Petar and Ari who went that extra mile to make this event happen.

With the response from this year, 2011 plans to be bigger and better with the rules already being produced. We will have next years invitations out soon and look forward to our interstate competitors joining us.

Catch you all in 2011!
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Re: AYRC 2010 GO FOR LAUNCH

Postby october sky » Tue Sep 07, 2010 2:45 pm

Special note to Glen : You guys did just so well considering all the high schools competing etc. I think many of them are after some "revenge" next year ! :lol:

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Re: AYRC 2010 GO FOR LAUNCH

Postby october sky » Mon Sep 13, 2010 3:22 pm

Petar and myself had a privilege to present the perennial shield/plaque to the winning team at Beaudesert State Primary School in this mornings parade. It was held in their new sports hall.

There were 550 kids present with all their teachers. Also the actual trophies were re presented to the winning team and the third place getters.

It was absolute pleasure and the students were so well behaved it was credit to the teachers and the school it self. 8)

Blake would have loved to have been there but due to his travels couldn't be there so Petar extended big congrat's from him. :wink:

They can't wait till the next year and I must say huge congrat's to Glen who guided the troops, well done indeed. :D

Petar should have few photos coming up soon.
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Re: AYRC 2010 GO FOR LAUNCH

Postby 'vspec' » Mon Nov 29, 2010 9:43 pm

what a kick ass thread. Where was this event when i was growing up. I could have been wiser earlier!

well done guys. Id love to see it national
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Re: AYRC 2010 GO FOR LAUNCH

Postby kopius » Mon Nov 29, 2010 9:47 pm

Thanks vspec!

It was extremely successful and the feedback we are getting for next year looks like it is going to be FANTASTIC!

National is the ultimate goal, it is such a big task to organise so we are taking it step by step.
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Re: AYRC 2010 GO FOR LAUNCH

Postby 'vspec' » Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:12 am

As to be expected.

although once the ball gets rolling im sure it wont stop. Mainstream or not, its gota be one of the coolest geek hobbies. I would have given my left nut to be involved as a kid.

Considering im planning on getting involved, im going to assume my own kids will take off with this, so it would be great to see this sort of activity between regions.
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