QRS Terms & Conditions / Model Rocket Safety Code

As a member of the Queensland Rocketry Society (QRS), I understand that the QRS is not able to assume liability of any kind with regards to my activities or the activities of others. I agree to pursue my rocketry activities in conformance with the Association's By-laws and Safety Code, and that I will be an active member of the Society to the best of my ability. 

1. CONSTRUCTION:Model Rocket will be made of light weight materials such as paper, wood, rubber and plastic, without any metal as structural parts.


2. ENGINES:Use only pre-loaded factory made NAR certified rocket engines in a manner as recommended by the manufacturer. Do not alter or dismantle model rocket engines or their ingredients in any way or attempt to re-load these engines.


3. RECOVERY:I will use a recovery system in my rockets that will return them safely to the ground so that they may be flown again. I will use only flame resistant wadding in my rockets.


4. WEIGHT LIMITS:Model rockets will weigh no more than 1500 grams (53 oz) at lift-off and the engines will contain no more than 125 grams (4.4 oz) of propellant. My model rockets will use the engines recommended by the manufacturer of my rocket.


5. STABILTY:Check the stability of your model rocket before it’s first flight, except when launching rockets of proven stability.


6. PAYLOADS:Model rockets must never carry live animals or payloads that are intended to be flammable or explosive.


7. LAUNCH AREA:Launch model rocket outdoors in a cleared area, free of tall trees, power lines and buildings. Ensure that people in the vicinity are aware of the pending rocket launch and are in a position to see the rocket lift off before your audible 5 second countdown.


8. LAUNCHER:Model rockets are only to be launched from a launch rod or other device that provides rigid guidance until the rocket has reached a speed adequate to ensure a safe flight path. To prevent accidental eye injury, always place the launcher so that the end of the rod is above eye level or cap the end of the rod when approaching it. Launch pads should be capped or dismantled when not in use and should never be stored in an upright position. Launch pads must have a jet deflector that prevents the engine exhaust from hitting the ground directly. Always clear the ground around the launch device of any easily combustible material such as dry grass or dead weeds.


9. IGNITION SYSTEMS:The system used to launch a model rocket must be remotely controlled and electrically operated and will contain a launching switch that will return to ‘off ’ when released. The system will contain a removable safety interlock in series with the firing switch. When launching, all persons will remain at least 15’ (5 meters) away from the model rocket when igniting engines totaling more than 30 N-sec total impulse. Use only electrical igniters which will ignite the rocket engine within 1 second of activation of the launch system.


10. LAUNCH SAFETY:Do not allow anybody to approach a model rocket on a launcher until you have made sure that the safety interlock has been removed or the battery disconnected from the launcher. In the event of a misfire, wait 1 minute before allowing anybody to approach the launcher.


11. FLYING CONDITIONS:Only launch a model rocket when the wind is less than 32kmh (20mph). Model rockets are not to be launched into cloud. Model rockets are not to be launched when aircraft are in the vicinity or if they pose a hazard to other people or property.


12. PRE-LAUNCH TESTS:When conducting research activities with un-proven designs or methods, you will, when possible, determine their reliability through pre-launch tests. Conduct launchings of unproven designs in complete isolation from persons not participating in the actual launchings.


13. LAUNCH ANGLE:Rockets will not be launched so their flight path will carry them against targets. Any launch device will be pointed within 30degrees of vertical. Never use model rocket engines to propel any device horizontally.


14. RECOVERY HAZARDS:Do not attempt to recover a model rocket that becomes entangled in power lines or any other hazard.     


15. LAUNCH SITES:It is prohibited to launch a model rocket in an aircraft flight zone or within 5 kilometers of an airport.


16. ALTITUDE LIMITATIONS:It is prohibited to launch a model rocket higher than 400 feet above ground level in controlled air space, except in an area approved by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, or in accordance with air traffic control clearance.

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