A small but enthusiastic rocketry crowd was greeted with perfect weather for launching rockets at QRS today with clear skies and little wind. Although numbers were small, launching started late and was consistent throughout the entire morning. A number of specatators also enjoyed the launch and we had some new members join the club.
There was a total of 25 flights for the morning:
11 Low Power
6 Medium Power
8 High Power
Mark was again the most prolific launcher with eight flights ranging from 1/2A motors all the way up to an I280 Dark Matter in his Midnight Lightning rocket. Closely behind Mark was the tag team duo of Rob and Robbie with four flights: 3 HP and one D12 two stage rocket.
Congratulations to Rob for successfully achieving his L1 certification with his Small Endeavour flying on an H123 motor to 2400 ft.
Congratulations also to Patrick flying his Xiao Feng's Fury on an H135 to 1900 ft for his successful L1. Patrick was up from Sydney University and is planning on competing in the University Rocketry Challenge in the US later this year.
Other notable flights included Sarah's fantastically finished Dark Star on a G83 motor to 1100 ft and Saige's Crayon-sational Estes crayon rocket to 1000 ft on C power. The 'scalded cat' award for the day went to Matt and his Darkstar Mini on a 'blink and you'll miss it' F240 Vmax motor.
Largest motor of the day was Blake flying his Snot Rocket to 2600 ft on a J465 Green Tornado motor.
With fairly warm weather and little cloud cover the March advertised open day launch attracted a slightly smaller crowd than normal. Despite this there were still 62 launches for the morning including 29 launches with the increasingly popular Fly it, Take it program. Almost no wind until right before pack up provided ideal flying conditions.
Impulse ranges for the day were — 8 x A (+29 FITI), 2 x B, 4 x C, 5 x D, 2 x F, 4 x G, 6 x H, 2 x K. It was also good to see two clusters and three staged rockets.
Aldo Tummarello achieved his L1 certification with his rocket “Phobos”, flying on CTI H410 V Max. Well done Aldo.
Mark O'Donoghue was once again the most prolific launcher with 6 flights, also having both the smallest (A3-4) and largest motors (K675 SK) of the day.
Mike Ritter launched his unique single finned rocket “One Zee” on an Aerotech G-64 for a successful second flight.
Caelum Niejalke successfully launched his unique “X-Wing” in a new cluster setup with four B6-4 motors complimenting a central C6-5.
It was good to see students and teachers from two of our educational memberships, with five launches from Loganlea State High School and five launches from Lutheran Ormeau Rivers District School.
A big thanks to all of the volunteers who attended to help setup, pack up and operate the BBQ.
With the prospect of a very hot day, it was decided to start earlier and finish up around 11am. There was a great turn out and a few new member signups. There were 29 launches in total, consisting of mainly LPR/MPR motors.
James and Jack had a drag race with their AMRAAM2's on H410 V-Max motors which left the pad so fast it was declared a draw. Additionally, after a slight modification (aka removal of the canards), Jack's flight was also a successful L1 Certification. Well done Jack!
Warren tested out his new rocket 'Sky Burst' which loaded the sky with fluorescent pink and green streamers.
Caelum flew his X Wing on a D24 with a perfect boost flying dead straight to Apogee.
Adam's Callisto flew perfectly, but became 'hung up' requiring the assistance of Energex to recover.
Mark pulled out some old faithfuls, flying his Patriot and Big Daddy.
After a few years away, Aldo returned (last month) and was quickly back into it. This month he brought along a newly made Phobos flying on a G126 and an AMRAAM2 on a G250.
Father and daughter team Rod and Sarah, saw launches of Sarah's Flyin' Lion and Mystic on a G83. After a spectacular G80-13T motor CATO last launch, Rod had his Bull Puppy repaired and ready to fly again. Unfortunately it sustained some damage to the canards which made for a spectacular flight.
Blake managed three flights on a Fever, MFR and 'Green with Envy' on a H73 which has recently returned from the MARS launch in Victoria.
The QRS supplied water bottles were well received and as the temperature ventured into the high 30's a few of us managed a trip to the pub for some well earned drinks and lunch.
Wild conditions for the launch today with very high humidity at the launch site. There were clouds throughout the day with patches of blue sky. A small but hardy crowd turned up and enjoyed a continuous stream of launches throughout the morning.
The ceiling was never threatened with only four High Power launches, all H motors from: Rowland (Mini BBX), Riley ('You'll cean that up when you're finished': PML Intruder), Adam (Callisto) and Mark (Spitfire).
The remainder of the launches were: 9 Low Power (including two 2-stage launches) and 7 Mid Power (all G motors).
Highlights included: Sarah's Mystic flying to 1300 ft on a G80 skidmark, Aldo flying with the club again after 3 years away with a perfectly straight flight from his Cruise Missle on a G88 to 1500 ft, Matt's beautifully crafted X-Wing on a D21-7, Andrew's classic Alpha III on a B6-4 and Harry Potter's (aka Warren) Golden Snitch for multiple flights on B and C motors.