Thunda Highlights

Australian Rocketry's Thunda Down Under 2015

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Thunda Highlights

Postby High Impulse » Tue Mar 10, 2015 4:06 pm

Hi all i was wondering for those of us stuck at home (i know im missing out on the greatest rocketry event ever (and i am so bummed about it :( ), but I'll have plenty of time for rockets once i have an Mech and Aero degree), i was wondering if there was going to be any kind of highlights or pics posted up on the forum?

I know cellular coverage is limited at the event but it would be great if someone was able to post up some pictures (especially of the V2 - that is definitely one candle i want to see lit :D ) to show the folks stuck at home (which i know will be only a select few or those who are overseas) what we're missing out on?

Cheers,

Adam.

P.s. Safe travels and happy launching everyone :)
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Re: Thunda Highlights

Postby CATO » Wed Mar 11, 2015 9:19 am

Hi Adam,

Sitting at the Westmar Roadhouse just having a cup of tea, when all of a sudden out of the mist I see the V2 (sections) traveling up the road with it's recovery vehicle in tow, what a sight to behold... Just awesome....
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2017: 5,973 Ns (13.14% M)
Ns 16: 34,558; 15: 35,955; 14: 6,016; 13: 10,208
PB - Gorilla N2717WC, H: 10,260', S: 1.14M

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Re: Thunda Highlights

Postby High Impulse » Wed Mar 11, 2015 8:57 pm

Thanks CATO,

The V2 is just going to be awesome video's will never do it justice :(. Oh well dems the breaks.

I'm actually just as excited for all the new tech that is being trialled at thunda though (i wish i had a 38mm blackhawk and a space three days to give the fly away rail guides a go). I'm hoping things go well with your micro GPS tracker at thunda too, i've been watching the post with baited breath in the hope that it might be suited to my future projects :).

Cheers and thanks for the update,

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Re: Thunda Highlights

Postby CATO » Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:41 am

My day 1 pics...
V2_1.jpg

JC_L3.jpg

JC_L3_2.jpg

DB_L3_1.jpg

Bruce_L3_1.jpg
"In thrust we trust"

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Impulse:
2017: 5,973 Ns (13.14% M)
Ns 16: 34,558; 15: 35,955; 14: 6,016; 13: 10,208
PB - Gorilla N2717WC, H: 10,260', S: 1.14M

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Postby High Impulse » Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:36 am

Thanks CATO :),

How did the level threes go? Did everyone go successfully?

I saw Jeff's L3 build have a test flight at jimboomba and I know he was pretty nervous about it.

Did you get certified with your patriot? Or did swat pull you over when you strapped it too the roof racks ;)

The V2 looks good it's going to be an epic launch.

Cheers,

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Postby CATO » Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:28 am

Hi Adam,

Yes indeed, I'm very happy to advise that I am now a L3 (pending paper work submission) :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

A total of 3 new L3's on day one, and more to come I'm sure.... :lol:

What a great event.... :D :D :D
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Impulse:
2017: 5,973 Ns (13.14% M)
Ns 16: 34,558; 15: 35,955; 14: 6,016; 13: 10,208
PB - Gorilla N2717WC, H: 10,260', S: 1.14M

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Postby bar-man » Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:40 pm

Adam, Jeff, Dave and Matthew Certified L3 on day one with Bruce's Regulator parting a shock cord. Bruce fronted up again this morning and it looked like a successful flight. I had to leave before it was confirmed. For the record I certified L2 on the 1/4 scale Patriot on a J270. The motor wouldn't fit in the sudden rush (dual deploy) and had to settle for single deploy with a long walk. There were several L1 and 2 attempts to mid-day today with varying degrees of success. They were still waiting for the Rocket Gods to hand back an L1 as I left the site.

No lawn darts so far!

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Re: Thunda Highlights

Postby High Impulse » Sat Mar 14, 2015 6:16 pm

Congratulations to everyone who certed :)

Congrats CATO, So I presume it's time for some wild N5800 powered creations now.....

Congrats mark. Shame about the walk though, that's what I hate about the kwik switch motor system it just can't have big motors put in it :(

At least no major dramas though.

Well I should probably let you all he back to the celebrations I presume a kopius ( ;) ) amout of liquid courage will be flowing tonight after the V2 (I can't wait to see the video especially with the NASA style separation :D).

Cheers and thanks for keeping me in the loop,

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Re: Thunda Highlights

Postby mhacker » Sat Mar 14, 2015 10:22 pm

Hi!

Greetings from Argentina! :D

There is any real time video streaming to watch the event?

TIA

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Postby drew » Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:01 pm

I'm about to crawl into bed but my 3G hotspot finally started working and I thought y'all might appreciate a few photos. Hats off to those crafty Victorians, they did splendidly!

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I've got heaps of photos and video, I'll sort and post them when I'm back in Perth.
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Re: Thunda Highlights

Postby CATO » Sun Mar 15, 2015 7:35 am

Who said it could not be done....???? :lol: :lol: :lol:
V2_2.jpg

V2_3.jpg
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Impulse:
2017: 5,973 Ns (13.14% M)
Ns 16: 34,558; 15: 35,955; 14: 6,016; 13: 10,208
PB - Gorilla N2717WC, H: 10,260', S: 1.14M

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Re: Thunda Highlights

Postby Sumo310 » Sun Mar 15, 2015 6:39 pm

WOW, WOW, WOW!!

What a launch! A big thankyou to Blake for organising such a great event, definitely THE rocket event to have been at. There was just so much happening to report back on, I hope Blake gives us a full rundown of the event once he recovers.

There were a number of highlights for me, including meeting all the international guests and our adopted LCO Bryce Chances who did a fantastic job all weekend.

At 5pm last night there were 7 successful Level 3 certification flights (all fliers attempting L3 were successful!), and numerous L1 and L2 certifications as well.

I have no idea how many motors flew, but the total impulse had to be well up in the hundreds of thousands of newton seconds. The highest flight was to over 66,000ft.

That gorgeous V2 flew and recovered faultlessly - congratulations to Karl and the team for such a well executed project, and thanks for the privilege of letting me inspect and sign off on it! That was just unreal and I'm so glad we could see it fly.

Thankyou to AirServices for the support and communication across the event.

No launch can happen without the support of landowners, and Thunda has again reiterated how lucky we are in Queensland to have the fantastic support of Phillip and Cindy, and John and Lyn Coggan. Their help and generosity is just overwhelming - we turned a corner of their property into a launchsite, campground, movie theatre, astronomy laboratory and top-notch dining venue. It was great to hear John and Lyn speak at the Banquet Under The Stars held on Saturday night, and provide some background into how the property and launchsite came about along with some of the challenges they've had on the way.

Thankyou Coggans!

Cheers,
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Re: Thunda Highlights

Postby Sumo310 » Sun Mar 15, 2015 8:02 pm

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Re: Thunda Highlights

Postby High Impulse » Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:26 am

Thanks everyone for keeping us in the loop with thunda it looked like a truly memorable event. Let's hope for another sometime in the future :).

Perhaps a full scale red stone could be on the cards for Victorian rocketry next? ;)

The v2 went amazingly too. I was expecting a longer burn but I forgot it was an O25000 not an o3400.

Cheers and thanks heaps for the updates :).

Adam

Ps congrats to all those who certified hopefully I will be able to join in next time.
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Re: Thunda Highlights

Postby GUMBY » Mon Mar 16, 2015 12:52 pm

Check out the video I made about Victoria 2


https://youtu.be/yXlNNfBh5P0


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