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2012 Challenge

Postby Kryten » Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:07 am

Is the 2012 challenge going to be the same as that for 2011?
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Postby kopius » Wed Feb 22, 2012 4:15 pm

The 2012 AYRC challenge will be almost the same with the addition of timing each flight.

The new handbook is almost ready and the website is currently being updated to reflect 2012.

There has already been a significant amount of interest, so it is certainly shaping up to what will be a great challenge.
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Postby kopius » Wed Feb 22, 2012 4:16 pm

The 2012 Australian Youth Rocketry Challenge dates are set.

check out all of the info here: http://www.rocketcontest.org.au
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Postby kopius » Thu Feb 23, 2012 10:34 pm

The AYRC 2012 rules have been released at http://www.rocketcontest.org.au

Follow the links through 'Downloads' and 'Forms & Documents'
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Re: 2012 Challenge

Postby spacepilot » Sun Feb 26, 2012 12:45 pm

What each rocket must not exceed 1500 grams!!!

I guess the upscale version the Beauy BFF's have been working on during the offseason is out then?

Never mind they said it was too noisy anyway. :wink:

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Postby october sky » Sun Feb 26, 2012 4:10 pm

That is one great photo Glen !! 8)
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Postby kopius » Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:48 pm

The 2012 AYRC Applications are now available to download from here: http://rocketcontest.org.au/index.php?o ... &Itemid=55

The Handbooks will be available shortly with detailed instructions for both Primary and High School challenges.
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Postby kopius » Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:09 pm

The 2012 AYRC Handbooks are now available for download from http://www.rocketcontest.org.au by clicking on 'Downloads', then 'Forms and Documents'.

We have had a number of new schools and youth groups contact us this year which is very exciting. This is certainly shaping up to be the biggest AYRC yet!
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Re: 2012 Challenge

Postby october sky » Sun Jul 29, 2012 7:11 pm

AYRC of 2012 was best ever ! :D

There was 17 teams registered but one had to pull out which made it 10 secondary school teams and 6 primary school teams, again an increase from last year. 8)

What a buzz to have the team from India competing ! :mrgreen:

Conditions were nearly ideal with clear sunny skies except for the cool south westerleys but they didn't effect the comp. much at all.

It was an awesome day and all had lots excitement and fun. I had an honour to be RSO for the day and also judging and you get to see some interesting rockets and ideas. :wink:

Very special thank you goes to Blake who has been incredibly busy for the last few months but was able to do it all ! Petar also has done a lot of work and as Blake & Petar would agree, if it wouldn't be for the help of all the volunteers, this would not happen ! Massive thanks goes to all of you who helped on the day !

Beaudesert State Primary under guidance from Glen must be congratulated indeed by taking all 3 top positions on the primary comp. What a fantastic effort guys !

Can't wait till next year....I just know it will be bigger and better again !! 8)
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Australian Youth Rocketry Challenge finds international glor

Postby kopius » Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:40 pm

While the world was counting down to the opening of the 2012 Olympics, many eyes were turned to the third Australian Youth Rocketry Challenge which this year found international glory.
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As the late sunrise illuminated the launch site and the crystal clear blue sky appeared from the darkness, we all knew that the scene was set for another fantastic challenge. As the many amazing helpers arrived, the range was swiftly set up at the Queensland Rocketry Society’s LA2A launch site. With the AYRC helpers brief completed and teams rolling in, you could see in the distance, many hot air balloons taking advantage of the beautiful weather.

With the teams starting to prep their rockets, it was with great pleasure to announce to the crowds, some very special guests with our first ever international competitors all the way from Ahmedabad, India. Two representatives, Viren and Brijesh and their mentor Pratham were present at the challenge and arrived two days earlier to work on their rocket. Having limited availability of materials in India, the team brought their paper drawn design and plans to give the Australian’s a real run for their money. There was lots of excitement with the many new experiences including the use of composite reloadable motors and other commercially available materials.

The primary teams took to the pads for their first round and the audience quietened in anticipation of the first lift off… The countdown began and all of a sudden there was a ‘pop’ followed by a gentle whooshing sound as the rocket sat on the pad thrusting nowhere. It was an interesting start to the day and moved onto the next rocket. With a now higher level of anticipation, the countdown starts once more and again there was a ‘pop’ followed by a gentle whooshing sound. We quickly put a hold on launching to check out the two rockets and both had spat the nozzles. A quick inspection of the other C6 motors showed that there was a faulty batch of motors all with cracked nozzles and/or the nozzles were not attached to the motor casing. The teams hastily swapped the other motors in the primary school rockets and repacked the two rockets with the failed motors.

Back to the pads and as they say, third time lucky, the first rocket finally lifts high into the sky with cheers to be heard from miles away. A number of consistently great flights meant the judges would be working hard today carefully checking all aspects of the rockets and their flights.

With the first round of the primary challenge out of the way, it was time for the secondary schools to take the stage. The quality of this year’s builds were exceptional and it was clear there had been many hours put into each and every entry. One by one, the raw egg payloads were lifted with definitive purpose and you could see that this year’s teams meant business. It was fantastic to see how the experiences of previous challenges had clearly been learnt from with teams applying new techniques for more precise outcomes. Some teams had complex clustered projects which proved to be troublesome on the day, nevertheless all participants had great fun.

The defending champions from Aviation High did not disappoint with a near perfect flight and recovery, though with an altitude of 716’, the High Flyers conceded second place to Grace Lutheran College’s Grace2 with an altitude of 738’. Canterbury College’s Sunny Side Up secured third place with an altitude of 673’. A number of other teams, including team India came close to the target, however unfortunately returned cracked eggs resulting in disqualification.

The second round of primary flights were just as impressive as the first and this year saw a clean sweep from Beaudesert State Primary School taking out all three places. It was again a tight result between all competitors with Beauy Brothers in first place, Beauy Beauties/Sisters in second place and Beauy Black Knights in third place.

The spool completed its 19th flight as the first demonstration this year and as always intensely grabbed the interest of all onlookers. Australian Rocketry’s ‘company ute’ flew on a H123 Skid Mark motor followed by Ari's Ariel on an I211 White Lightning.

To say it was a great day really is an understatement and many teams and teachers are already thinking about next year’s challenge. The success from our Indian comrades means there is also discussion of a future entry from some new participants. A huge thank you goes out to all of the helpers who make this event so successful each year and I know all participants are grateful for their efforts which is indicated by the constant growth of the Australian Youth Rocketry Challenge.

Now it 's time to hit the drawing board again and start planning the 2013 Australian Youth Rocketry Challenge which is sure to be full of excitement and new surprises.
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Re: 2012 Challenge

Postby october sky » Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:57 pm

Blake, your report was good enough to be seen twice :wink: but I must say, that photo really shows the spirit of the day, AWESOME group having a blast !!!! 8)
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Re: 2012 Challenge

Postby RobAust » Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:01 am

Hi Blake, the AYRC Participants, the AYRC Committee and QRS Team,

Great report and excellent news on the success of the 2012 AYRC challenge.

It is great to see a number of schools returning for the challenge, growing their skills, sharing them onto their younger years and getting in much needed practice before the event. Launching a raw egg to 750 feet and back without a crack is not easy and I see this years results are not far off the target of 750 feet so well done.

I see the expanding technical ingenuity also spreads to some quirky rocket names - I love "The Sunny Side up", glad to see we have moved on from our first year with "The Vomitron".....

Just like the students, I can also see the AYRC Committee is finessing the event year on year with refinements to the event arrangements, the launch process and logistics which makes for an even greater event. I am quite confident to say the QRS team who assisted also had as much fun as the Students :D The group photo is getting bigger and carries an international theme, 'the AYRC reach widens' - keep up the great work for our youth, our sport and for rocketry in general.

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Re: 2012 Challenge

Postby cha05cat » Fri Aug 03, 2012 1:08 pm

Some great words from Blake, Rob and Ari!!!

So Rob, does this mean there might be a Canadian team in AYRC 2013?
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Postby kopius » Fri Aug 03, 2012 11:52 pm

cha05cat wrote:Some great words from Blake, Rob and Ari!!!

So Rob, does this mean there might be a Canadian team in AYRC 2013?


Oh now I like the sound of that!!
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Re: 2012 Challenge

Postby CATO » Sat Aug 04, 2012 8:32 am

Well done Blake and the QRS team....
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