What a fantastic day we had for our Flames, Smoke and Noise 2018 launch. Nice still conditions with light cloud clearing by 10am were ideal for building the 250-strong crowd up with some low powered rocketry before breaking out the big guns.
There was a whopping 145 flights in total, with 95 pyrotechnic launches and 50 water rocket launches. Motors for the day were a brilliant spread of all but L3 impulse (6x1/8A, 48xA, 5xB, 8xC, 7xD, 3xE, 2xF, 6xG, 4xH, 1xI, 1xJ, 3xK and 1xL).
Joseph Turner achieved his Level 2 Certification with a successful dual deployment flight of “March Fly” to 3740ft on a K940.
Aidan Clarke achieved his Level 1 Certification with a successful flight of “MK4 Rocket Propelled Companion Pod” reaching 2719ft on a H135. Congratulations to you both!
Proceedings were temporarily halted for a special announcement of QRS’ newest Honorary Member - Ole Kirk.
Ole was a much-loved member of QRS and his passion for rocketry was inspiring to everyone in the club. This passion was reflected in his determination to achieve his Level 2 Certification in HPR which he successfully accomplished in October 2016 flying "Hawk" to 3000ft.
Ole was entered onto the QRS Honorary Member Roll posthumously on the 18 March 2018. Matt Barton and Ari Piirainen presented a plaque to Ole’s four children in commemoration.
Blake and Kaleb pushed the launch button on the ‘big finale’, launching the four-metre-tall rocket; “Taking Out The Trash”; to 2764ft on a L900.
A big thank you to:
The Scenic Rim Astronomy Association for bringing along two of their solar scopes and generously allowing both QRS members and the public take a look at the sun up close.
It’s Rocket Science Adventures for bringing along all your water rocketry equipment for the kids (the big ones too).
The FITI volunteers for working tirelessly and assisting visitors to launch 46 rockets.
Our volunteers that looked after all the hungry tummies at the barbeque, the volunteers that manned the gate for ticket sales and those that help set up and pack up the site.