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Welcome to MARS - Melbourne Amateur Rocket Society Inc.

Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 4:48 pm
by martymonsta
It is my great pleasure to announce the formation of the newest rocketry club in Australia, the Melbourne Amateur Rocket Society Inc. or MARS

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MARS is an AMRS affiliated club, so members of MARS also become regular members of Australia's premiere representative body, and can enjoy the benefits that AMRS membership brings.

MARS was formed with the purpose of providing a safe environment for the development and launching of rockets and promoting the educational and recreational benefits, of rocketry. MARS has a strong vision for the future for all aspects of amateur rocketry, in both the state of Victoria and Australia, and will work hard for the benefit of all members of the rocketry community.

In Mid-May 2016 a suitable launch site was located near the town of Drouin, which met some ideal requirements; less the 100km from Melbourne’s population centre and only 45km from the SE growth corridor, located in Class G airspace, a most-weather access road and landholders that are supportive of both educational and amateur rocketry. Following a successful demonstration launch day on June 18th, the MARS team has been working hard to secure an instrument for the launch site and building club infrastructure.

Yesterday, the 27th Oct, CASA granted MARS an instrument with a ceiling of 8000ft AMSL and preparations have commenced to hold the first official club launch on the 19th Nov 2016.

Where to find more info on MARS?

The MARS website is http://www.rocket.org.au
If you use social media and want to connect with MARS, please like or follow and more content will be added soon.

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/marsrocket

YouTube http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs5Tn8Q9yIKO-QO-u2sLZOA

Instagram http://www.instagram.com/mars_rockets/

Twitter http://www.twitter.com/mars_rockets

How do I join MARS?

Visit http://www.rocket.org.au/join-mars/ there you can become a member quickly and securely, via PayPal, or alternatively download the membership form and pay via direct deposit, cheque or even cash at the next launch day.

We look forward to seeing you at a MARS launch soon. – The MARS Committee.

Re: Welcome to MARS - Melbourne Amateur Rocket Society Inc.

Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 4:52 pm
by natty
Thats great news!!!

Well done on bringing this together and I'm looking forward to flying with you guys!

Awesome!!!

Re: Welcome to MARS - Melbourne Amateur Rocket Society Inc.

Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 5:00 pm
by CATO
NICE!!!

Re: Welcome to MARS - Melbourne Amateur Rocket Society Inc.

Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 5:14 pm
by october sky
Awesome news Marty and big congrat's to all who made this happen ! :D

And that name...MARS.....gold..... 8)

Re: Welcome to MARS - Melbourne Amateur Rocket Society Inc.

Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 5:55 pm
by Jordz
Congrats guys :)

Re: Welcome to MARS - Melbourne Amateur Rocket Society Inc.

Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 6:54 pm
by cryoscum
Excellent news, Marty! I also understand that the club will likely be flying throughout the year! Exactly what the doctor ordered!

I'm in! See you there on 19 November :)

Re: Welcome to MARS - Melbourne Amateur Rocket Society Inc.

Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 7:28 pm
by SpaceManMat
Sounds great. Well done to all involved putting it together. Sounds like it's going to be a great first launch.

Re: Welcome to MARS - Melbourne Amateur Rocket Society Inc.

Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 8:05 pm
by martymonsta
Thanks everyone for your support. For those that have already decided to join MARS, welcome and we look forward to flying along side you soon.

Of course AMRS members from other clubs are always welcome at MARS launches, Ari we would love to one day have Area 51 take to the skies at a MARS launch. I'm sure we could come up with some good puns about Martians and Area 51 :lol:

cryoscum wrote:Excellent news, Marty! I also understand that the club will likely be flying throughout the year! Exactly what the doctor ordered!

I'm in! See you there on 19 November :)


See you there Nic, it is always great to have a flier with your experience on the range. Yes on the "launch info" page of the website there are tentative dates for 2017 and we currently have no reasons why we can't have flying activities in every month.

Re: Welcome to MARS - Melbourne Amateur Rocket Society Inc.

Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 8:48 pm
by ROCKet STAR
Congratulations guys. I know that there must have been a huge amount of work put in to make this happen. I look forward to launching at a MARS event!

Re: Welcome to MARS - Melbourne Amateur Rocket Society Inc.

Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 8:52 pm
by Raaahbin
Fantastic news, and congratulations! I saw the MARS logo on something from AusRocketry earlier this year, but couldn't find any more info at the time.

So great to have two active clubs in Melbourne. I can't get enough flying opportunities with just the one, so sign me up!

Re: Welcome to MARS - Melbourne Amateur Rocket Society Inc.

Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 9:18 pm
by Raaahbin
One question about the launch schedule - as far as I can see, every planned day is a Saturday, and the launch info page says the launches stop around midday. Apart from the desire to get to the local pub, I'm curious as to why the days finish so early. Is it a function of access to the land or the CASA instrument, or just that the whole club is made up of early-birds? :D

Saturday early mornings aren't something I'll be able to do much due to other commitments - I wouldn't be arriving until about 11, and it sounds like the fun will be almost over by then - but I'll keep an eye on the website and Twitter and see how it goes!

Also... sparkies!

Re: Welcome to MARS - Melbourne Amateur Rocket Society Inc.

Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 10:19 pm
by martymonsta
Thanks for your interest Robin.

Raaahbin wrote:One question about the launch schedule - as far as I can see, every planned day is a Saturday, and the launch info page says the launches stop around midday. Apart from the desire to get to the local pub, I'm curious as to why the days finish so early. Is it a function of access to the land or the CASA instrument, or just that the whole club is made up of early-birds? :D

Also... sparkies!


There are multiple reasons why flying in the morning was a preference, firstly, historical weather records indicate that it is quite rare that wind speeds in the morning exceed the safety code, but as the day progresses the likelihood of the wind reaching levels that would prevent flying activities increases. Hopefully flying in the morning will reduce the probability of having to scrub due to high winds.

Also MARS has chosen to adopt a SunSmart policy, and subsequently we are endeavoring to reduce our activities at times when UV levels are at their highest. Of course over winter when UV levels are lower and with late sunrises it will probably be practical to move the launch start time slightly later in the morning and we will add that time on to end, depending on the number of flights that members are trying to achieve.

As for getting to the Pub, Karl gets really thirsty flying rockets :lol: The landholders are most helpful, and we are expecting to see them at the launches, they love sparkies almost as much as we do.

Re: Welcome to MARS - Melbourne Amateur Rocket Society Inc.

Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 10:27 pm
by cryoscum
At the QRS launches we always finish around lunchtime and this works very well. Certainly morning winds are light and higher altitude flights get more difficult as the day progresses. This is fairly universal, especially if you are closer to the coast (think back to your school geography lessons).
Whatever the reasons, the pub trumps all :)

Re: Welcome to MARS - Melbourne Amateur Rocket Society Inc.

Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 10:30 pm
by Raaahbin
All makes good sense - will get there whenever I can! Really excited about extra flying opportunities... and in summer, too!

Any chance of mixing it up with a Sunday once in a while?

Re: Welcome to MARS - Melbourne Amateur Rocket Society Inc.

Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 10:33 pm
by air.command
That's awesome! Lots of work must have gone into making that happen! Congratulations guys.