20 June 2010 Launch Report


My stay was even further limited by wife being hospitalized on Friday and after nearly 2 day's finally diagnosed that the appendix has to come out. During this time she was in severe pain with morphine given to her in regular bases. So, while I was at launch with Montana, she was operated on. Thank's guys for all your caring thoughts and she is all ok.

I got to see few great flights before I left and congrats indeed to Damian for his L1 and Alex had a great flight also. 

Nice to see Robert back, welcome mate.  

I had a change to talk to few new people and one is a definite new member. 

As I headed out, earlier than I have ever done before, I looked back from the hill down towards the launch area and even though this was "members only launch" thus not advertised, it was so good to see the amount of cars there. Must have been around 100 people easily.

11 July 2010 Launch Report

 

The crowd started to build up slowly at first then more and more. Most likely the largest crowd this year so far at around 400+ people. They got so see around 60 rockets being launched of all shapes and sizes.

Congratulations to Wayne for doing a great launch for his L2 with Raptor using J350 power. He then decided to follow it up with another J powered flight which went perfect as well. Well done. 

Blake's and Alex's combined overnight creation which was a tube rocket did a great flight amongst so many others !!

Big thank's to Brian and Len for the duties performed and to all who helped to pack up after the event. I was real happy to see many young people coming to offer help, that's fantastic.

Launch Report – 16 May 2010

Report by Ari Piirainen

We had a another brilliant launch today on the 16th May.  Overnight, light cloud cover enveloped the skies and kept the temperatures cool all day  Launching got off to fairly slow start, but boy, did it pick up as the day progressed.  There was basically no wind, which was great.

Even though this was a non-advertised launch event, we had a healthy crowd of around 100 there.  It's brilliant to see so many new members launching their rockets and having a blast doing it.  Also, 3 new people got their application forms and that's allways a good thing.

Many, many great flights took to the skies but there is lack of photos now as our resident photographer.

Alex, George and Deane each had perfect HPR launches with dual deployment.  All worked perfectly.  Well done guy's!

Cart and I both managed a special misfortune of hanging our rockets on to the power lines, one after the other.

Last but not least, thank you to everyone who helped with the set-up and packing-up.  Without those volunteers, no one flies. Thank you to all QRS members who attended.  Without you there wouldn't be this fantastic club around.  It was a good day of rocketry.  The rocket motor count was as follows:QRS Street Sign

A 1
B 10
C 26
D 10
E 11
F 4
G 9
H 1
I 1
J 3
TOTAL 76

To our interstate friends and those who couldn't be there: After 4 month campaign to local councillor and Logan City Council, I'm very proud to announce that QRS now has a permanent directional sign at the intersection of the Mount Lindsay Highway and Cedar Grove Road.  I think that is pretty cool.

Caloundra School Talk

 

The group was smallest we have spoken to, only 16 students but all are studying aerospace so it was right up their alley. You could see the interest in the young mens eyes as I spoke to them about this awesome hobby. I have no doubt that there will be few wanting to get into the hobby. 

We ended up launching the 'ol Patriot which went perfectly as possible, landing just few meters from the launch pad.

There was few questions that we answered to the best of our ability.

It was nice to see the principal there listening too and seemed genuinely interested asking many questions himself. Actually the funny thing is that towards the end he told my wife he "better get back to work" and then appearing back in few minutes !! It shows what was more interesting. Also the deputy principal turned up and others. Thank's to Bruce who spoke to them at length. I had a head cold and and voice started to give up so that was much appreciated mate.

Launch Report – 14 March 2010

Rocket cafe was a huge success and really helped take the load off the members. Also, a huge thanks to the guys that helped out at the gate, also to those that helped with the usual duties of LCO, RSO, setup and dismantling.

Also, the channel 10 crew were out to record a few more segments to be shown later on this year. A huge congratulations to Rob and Austin for being the star Father and Son team to get your 5 minutes of fame!

We had 39 launches, with the below motor impulses.

A x 0
B x 5
C x 9
D x 7
E x 1
F x 3
G x 8
H x 3
I x  1
J x 2

Also, a couple of the guys have purchased MD80 cameras. Check out these videos they have posted;

Ashley's Alien on a H128:

Simon's HyperLoc300 on an I364 Black Max:

Lets look forward to a much dryer launch next month!!!

Pine Rivers High School

Petar and I were fortunate enough to visit Pine Rivers High School as the first group for 2010.
We did a presentation for a selection of yr10 students on space exploration and the history of the moon landing following a discussion on rocketry. This was to end their section of lessons on astronomy.
With a little bit of wind around it was touch and go on whether to have a launch, however with their great field and last minute wind drop, we managed to fire two rockets which as always gave the students and staff great inspiration.

Petar and Blake were fortunate enough to visit Pine Rivers High School as the first school group for 2010.

Petar and Blake did a presentation for a selection of Year 10 students on space exploration and the history of the moon landing following a discussion on rocketry. This was to end their section of lessons on astronomy.

With a little bit of wind around it was touch and go on whether to have a launch, however with their great field and last minute wind drop, we managed to fire two rockets which as always gave the students and staff great inspiration.

Launch Report 14 Feb 2010

I really hope the cornfields will yeild their treasure real soon. I'll contact Michael about it too even though I hope all who lost their rockets did go and see him.

It was cool to have the "Rocket Cafe" there and it will be real handy next month with the public launch.

Congrats to all who passed their L1's. I remember David and Bruce did theirs fine.I really felt for Wayne not being able to do his L2 due some tecnical problems. It will happen mate !

Blake, take a bow, that was awesome !!!! It couldn't have worked better.

 

There were 57 launches on the day.

A x 2
B x 7
C x 17
D x 4
E x 5
F x 6
G x 15
H x 5
I x 3 
J x 1

Those playing at home, the motors don't match up with number of launches 'cause there were few clusters.

Thanks to all who gave a hand during the setup and dismanteling. At the March one we need all the help we can !

Launch Report – 10th January 2010

Photo by Leigh Metzroth, taken 10th Jan 2010January saw another great launch day!  The weather was hot and humid but there were mostly blue skies and basically no wind.  It was near perfect weather for launching rockets.

The first members arrived at the launch site before 6.15am, to setup and have a chat.  A big "Thank you!" goes to Ari, Alex, Shirley, Wayne and Jane for arriving early and setting-up the launch site.   There was a lot more great volunteer work done, for example, Shirley was handing out safety fliers to visitors and Brendan busy serving cold drinks and taking photographs.

There were just over 70 rockets launched at the February event.  The rocket motors used ranged from A right up to K.  A total of 8 high power rockets were launched.  You can view some photographs from the launch in the Photo Gallery.

Congratulations to Wayne Taylor for achieving his Level-1 high power certification.  Now it's on to Level-2.

Somewhere between 50 and 100 visitors came along to view the action and three new members signed-up on the day.  We should see a few new regular faces at the launch days.  Please make them feel welcome.