Launch Report – 19 June 2011

What an absolutely cracker of the day weather wise,clear skies, no wind and around +20 degrees. It was chilly in the morning though !
Huge congrat's to Mike for a perfect L2 attempt, beautiful flight and recovery of his 4"Thor !! The second flight wasn't as good, photo tells the story and pity to say that "Edge of Reason" lost it's edge....
Congrat's to John also for his successful L1 attempt, absolutely perfect flight too and recovery.
Something I forgot to do is to congratulate Len on his successful L2 in Williams, better late than never !!
We had a what you could call a "funny" day in rocketry as we saw number of "interesting" flights indeed.
It was just nice to be there among all the good people, see the rockets being launched and enjoy a perfect day !

What an absolutely cracker of the day weather wise,clear skies, no wind and around +20 degrees. It was chilly in the morning though !
Huge congrat's to Mike for a perfect L2 attempt, beautiful flight and recovery of his 4"Thor !! The second flight wasn't as good, photo tells the story and pity to say that "Edge of Reason" lost it's edge....
Congrat's to John also for his successful L1 attempt, absolutely perfect flight too and recovery.
Something I forgot to do is to congratulate Len on his successful L2 in Williams, better late than never !!
We had a what you could call a "funny" day in rocketry as we saw number of "interesting" flights indeed.
It was just nice to be there among all the good people, see the rockets being launched and enjoy a perfect day !

QRS Members travelling to WA

Some QRS Members were fortunate enough to travel to WA recently for the annual Williams Wildfire Westernationals, hosted by Tripoli WA.

This was an amazing weekend with many great launches. A full report will be available soon, however just for a teaser, here is a photo of the N2000W drag race.

Williams Wildfire Westernationals N2000 Drag Race - Tripoli WA

Launch Report – 15 May 2011

It was a cloudless day with quite strong winds in the early hours. It got better as they day went on. Normally we have it around the other way around as the winds pick up from around mid day onward.
I was there with my family just for short time as this week will be real busy with rocket displays & talks.
I appreciate guys doing the "work" and I hear Brad did the towing of the trailer, thank you mate !
Lot of testing went on with GPS and thank you goes to Ben W for the new controller which was working fine.
All going well I'm looking forward to the next launch and hoping to launch few.
Till next time guys and I want to thank you all for your concern ref. my health.

It was a cloudless day with quite strong winds in the early hours. It got better as they day went on. Normally we have it around the other way around as the winds pick up from around mid day onward.
I was there with my family just for short time as this week will be real busy with rocket displays & talks.
I appreciate guys doing the "work" and I hear Brad did the towing of the trailer, thank you mate !
Lot of testing went on with GPS and thank you goes to Ben W for the new controller which was working fine.
All going well I'm looking forward to the next launch and hoping to launch few.
Till next time guys and I want to thank you all for your concern ref. my health.

Launch Report – 10 April 2011

You couldn't ask for more perfect rocket launch weather with clear skies and no wind.

It was quite cool at just after 6am and I really shouldn't have hurried to get there as next person ( George) got there 40 minutes later....got lonely there before that.  

It was a nice relaxed launch with relaxed pace. I was still surprised that while picking up my "IO" after launch I counted 34 cars. Many visitors turned up and we had around 100 people there after all.

I know that we had one person join on a day while two others told me that they will take on the hobby for sure.  

Many cool flights took the skies and Ashleys hybrid sounded and looked real cool. It performed a great flight. 

Nic's "SIDESHOW" went straight as an arrow for a great 2 flights....WWW will be next for this speedster.  

There were couple of mishaps and I feel for Stewart whose rocket didn't deploy at all. Another unusual event was George's modified Cheetah which did a short sky writing stunt...cause for either of these wasn't figured out on site. I'm sure they will be well researched for the cause of failure.

We most likely had one of the lowest launch count for a while but it was all good and another great day of rocketry.

Launch Report – 13 March 2011

It was a HUGE day really. We would have had around 1000-1500 people there today, easily the second biggest crowd ever.  

Weather was favorable most of the day with only a small shower spoiling the fun. Mostly clear skies, very light winds, humid and millions of flies.  

It was so good to see Leigh do a great L2 attempt, big congrats mate !!!  

I'm forgetting now the name of the person who did a successful L1 attempt, it was a perfect flight also.

It is nice to report that Simon's Hyper and my OZ Thunder both did perfect flights and recoveries. Hey Scoop, only 4422 feet on M1297W !

There was a massive surprise for me just as I was about to launch my OZT : Petar as a LCO called me to his side and presented real nice plaque which indicated that I have been honored with the life time membership for QRS !! It was a total surprise and I really want to thank the committee and all members of QRS for this special honor !! It means a lot to me and it is very much appreciated !

Thank's to all those who helped in various ways today to make it all happen. So many names to remember so I won't name all as I could forget someone !

AYRC 2010 Success

After the range was officially opened, a dozen teams started preparation for the first round of flights. Having only flown the smaller A and B size motors, there were plenty of questions from contestants and involvement from the AYRC officials to make sure flight deadlines were met and range procedures were adhered to.

The judges were ready for what was to be a very exciting and interesting challenge. With a maximum score of 240points available per team, the contestants had to not only build a rocket that would fly with stability and deploy recovery devices correctly, but also had to have great aesthetics.
The first round saw many characteristics which were unknown to some contestants as the power of higher impulse motors quickly destroyed shock cords, fins and nose cones. This meant that the lessons learned in the lead up to the event had to be quickly implemented with onsite repairs to those who had received the unpredicted outcomes of their first round flight. With those repairs and modifications made, round two saw some very big improvements and showed that with the right tools and mind set, the contestants had successfully learnt many aspects/characteristics of rocketry in a very short time.
Ultimately there had to be one winner and a big congratulations goes to the Beauy Beasts from Beaudesert State Primary School who took out first place by only 3 points. Second place was Nocturnal from Springwood State High School and third was the Beauy Beauties from Beaudesert State Primary School.
Throughout the day there were a number of demonstration flights starting from mid power E and G motors up to Level 1 and Level 2 high power I and J motors. There was also a flight of the Cool Spool (electrical reel) and a toob’oh on a D21. These demonstrations showed how the thrust curve on motors is exponential as the impulse range increases and that with enough power you can basically make anything fly. Apart from the scientific benefits of these demonstrations, I never get tired of seeing and hearing the ‘Wow factor’ amongst the crowd.
The purpose of the AYRC was to help educate school aged students using all the factors involved with launching a model rocket, including theoretical and practical use of mathematics, physics, history, aerodynamics and more. I believe those aspects were well captured by students and there are already plans to increase the skill set of contestants with advancements in the challenge requirements for next year.
I would like to personally thank everyone involved in the inaugural Australian Youth Rocketry Challenge. From the AYRC officials and sponsors, to the contestants, teachers and parents, this event couldn’t have been as successful as it was without the support and participation of everyone involved. I must also put a big thank you out to Petar and Ari who went that extra mile to make this event happen.
With the response from this year, 2011 plans to be bigger and better with the rules already being produced. We will have next years invitations out soon and look forward to our interstate competitors joining us.
Catch you all in 2011!

 

October Skies 2010

Fact is that rockets were still launched and we ended up having a sausage sizzle beside the main road and for "non event" still had around 100+ people there.  

Scoop said "I came here to launch rockets" so he did and it was brilliant to see big Thor rip into the heavens on M power thus he has the bragging rights now for a first M launched at our launch site ! Thank's Scoop. 

Local councilors attended and were treated to M power and they were "blown away" + totally impressed. 

It was just after mid day when I left the launch site and Scoop, Mike and Wayne were still prepping to launch few more. The sad news is that Mike's stunning Thor is lost in action and also Wayne's Mongoose ! 

The launch is officially postponed till next Sunday. The set up will be done in the morning of the launch so all help will be much appreciated from 6am onwards. Thank's to Bruce for helping with "deliveries" with his 4x4 and all who assisted.