MARS First Launch, Nov 19th 2016

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Re: MARS First Launch, Nov 19th 2016

Postby Digit » Sat Nov 19, 2016 4:50 pm

So how did it go?? :o
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Re: MARS First Launch, Nov 19th 2016

Postby martymonsta » Sat Nov 19, 2016 5:31 pm

It was stellar, full load report to come
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Re: MARS First Launch, Nov 19th 2016

Postby martymonsta » Sun Nov 20, 2016 10:50 pm

Launch Report

When we arrived at the launch site there was a layer of cloud at around 5000ft, and by the time the range was set up the cloud had already started to break up. All the flyers had planned flights below the cloud so we were able to start flying. First up was Sascha with a 1” IRIS on a C6-5 which was the first of 4 LP flights. 5 MPR flights were conducted and 16 HPR flights for a total of 25 flights.

As the morning progressed, the cloud completely dissipated and Nat Callea was able to make a successful attempt at L2 after completing the L2 exam earlier in the week online, his ¼ Patriot flew beautifully on a CTI J285. Congratulations Nat.

After a BBQ lunch, the first of the feature flights were ready to fly. Karl and Noel had modified the ¼ V2, originally used as a proof of concept for the 1:1 V2, and repainted as an X-FLR6 the subscale proof of concept rocket from the Tintin comic Destination Moon. Its flight was spectacular.

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QRS member David Bell and his well-travelled ½ scale Patriot made the trip down from NSW and impressed the crowds with LISA and the incredible sound and sparks of a Gorilla M1610 Black Lightning Motor.

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I would personally like to thank all that traveled interstate, to support MARS’ inaugural launch, as well as the local members that have been so willing to support the new club. Thank you so much for making it such a great day and hope to see you all on the range again soon.

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Re: MARS First Launch, Nov 19th 2016

Postby vance2loud » Sun Nov 20, 2016 11:56 pm

Congrats Nat on the L2, and congrats to the club for organising what appears to have been a great launch.
I wish I could of made it over, Hopefully I will be able to make it along to a few of your launches next year.
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Re: MARS First Launch, Nov 19th 2016

Postby OverTheTop » Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:13 am

Looks like a fantastic day everyone! Well done with the inaugural launch.

Sorry I couldn't make it but I was otherwise entertained :( .

Congrats on your certification Nat. Welcome to the land of J, K, L motors :)
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Re: MARS First Launch, Nov 19th 2016

Postby Digit » Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:33 am

Well done to MARS on a successful first launch and congrats to Nat for achieving L2!
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Re: MARS First Launch, Nov 19th 2016

Postby SpaceManMat » Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:55 am

Great work guys getting this all off the ground, very nice start.

You did not mention anything about that massive rocket powered glider in the background.
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Re: MARS First Launch, Nov 19th 2016

Postby cryoscum » Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:32 am

What a day! Great weather & great friends having a good time! Thank you to everyone that attended and also to the MARS Committee that made this possible :)

Some random pics taken during the day:

Our convoy leaving from home base
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The club's new BBQ getting assembled
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No chance of that grass burning, but we have the fire extinguishers anyway
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With the appropriate lawn mowing arrangements yet to be made, Dave Bell did a good job of doing crop circles with his landcruiser :)
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Setup in progress
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MasterChef :)
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Nice big open paddocks all around the launch area
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One of my flights of the day, the 6" AGM65 Maverick Missile on a CTI K2000. Thanks for the snaps Dave Bell.
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A highly successful event, 25 great flights in quick succession, we went to the pub afterwards and were still home in Albury for dinner!
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Re: MARS First Launch, Nov 19th 2016

Postby RedPhenix » Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:36 am

If you are looking for a high quality Jason Batey video production go here:

https://www.youtube.com/user/TLPBC

If you want a Jason Batey production of the inaugural MARS launch, this will be just like his work. Well, except for my lack of:

quality control
artistic videography
clever framing
stop motion excitement
splendid captioning
quality editing
fine equipment, and
videographic talent

Aside from that, our productions are likely to be quite similar.

I have put together a short video of the launches I was able to record.

I'll upload it later this evening. Sorry, if I missed your launches.
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Re: MARS First Launch, Nov 19th 2016

Postby kopius » Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:39 am

So I started writing the below post and Nic beat me to it, but it was such a great day, I figured it this was definitely worth mentioning...



First and foremost, congratulations and THANK YOU to Marty (and MARS team) for doing the hard yards to set up what is destined to be a very popular and proactive club in Victoria.

I think Marty's report is a little modest though as there was a lot of great launches and activities and all round a FANTASTIC EVENT!!

I thought I might just add some additional info for any interested readers.

Being an inaugural launch, there was bound to be some fine tuning required and as everyone arrived onsite, the cleared areas from the June reccy were now covered in lush green grass above the knees. After some quick decision making, the local aero clubs lawn mower was sprung into action, however this was short lived as a bolt sheared clean from the blades... BUGGER! Never fear though, after learning some nifty tricks about flattening grass at AYRC in WA earlier this year, David Bell put is 4WD to good use doing tough laps to clear the necessary pad areas and pathways. You would have sworn aliens had made crop circles.

With the site cleared, the Wilson F/X launch controller was layed out and tested. The new PA system was also setup to pump out some groovy tunes whilst enthusiastic rocketeers promptly prepped their rockets to fly. The day kicked off a little later than the planned 8am start, but this gave everyone some time to catch up.

Additional to the flights already mentioned, there were a couple of drag races which were a lot of fun and on top of a number of sparkies, there was a green flight which looked fantastic (which I also believe this is the first ever green motor flown in Victoria). Pete Lam blew the dust off his Arcas and Krusty hit the skies with a range of rockets. It was great to see Frank (aka Lorstin) from Tasmania travel up for the launch too. The acoustics of the site are phenomenal and Nic's Maverick on a K2000 certainly showed that. The President of the aeroclub had great delight in pushing the button on the V2 and all of the new onlookers were excited of the new activity at their site... definitely some new members on the horizon!

Karl's Moke has become the rocket recovery and delivery vehicle of choice. Complete with the Eureka flag, it too made the trek out to the MARS launch and was put to good use. Thanks to Viv and Liam for running the BBQ which satisfied many bellies throughout the day.

Finishing up by early afternoon meant everyone could get to the local pub for a beer and spin some tall stories of the days events. It was great to hear everyone discussing their plans for what to fly at the next MARS launch.

The day reminded me a lot of a typical QRS launch which had an early start, a bunch of launches and an early afternoon finish, enough time to get to the pub and home for dinner with the rest of the weekend free to build more rockets ;-)
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Re: MARS First Launch, Nov 19th 2016

Postby natty » Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:54 am

Hi guys!


Well done to all those involved in establishing and setting up a fine day of launching!

Thanks for the welcome into the land of L2, its been a while and hopefully L3 wont take as long!

I've still go the drop box from Thunda still active and I'm happy for it to be a club photo repository. I've set up a MARS directory on it and a subfolder for the November launch. If you would like access to it to view or contribute, drop me a PM with your email address.

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Re: MARS First Launch, Nov 19th 2016

Postby RedPhenix » Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:56 pm

Launches that I did get on video available here:

I will fix my mistakes later, I know about them, but figured for those not in attendance, they may appreciate seeing this now.

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Re: MARS First Launch, Nov 19th 2016

Postby CATO » Mon Nov 21, 2016 6:03 pm

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Re: MARS First Launch, Nov 19th 2016

Postby Raaahbin » Tue Nov 22, 2016 10:28 pm

Sounds like an amazing day! Couldn't make it as I had kid-taxi in the morning and work in the afternoon, but I can attest to it being an awesome day in the air. I look forward to making it to some launches in future - there are a couple of freshly finished rockets in the shed which I don't intend to wait until autumn to fly.

kopius wrote:Additional to the flights already mentioned, there were a couple of drag races which were a lot of fun and on top of a number of sparkies, there was a green flight which looked fantastic (which I also believe this is the first ever green motor flown in Victoria).


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Re: MARS First Launch, Nov 19th 2016

Postby karlos » Wed Nov 23, 2016 4:30 pm

Hey did anyone get any good shots of my Moke with the Eureka flag? - I want to do a bit of cross-club promotion, and show the guys at my Mini Club. Email me at karl@hemco.com.au Cheers, Karl


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