UQ Space | Third time lucky!
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Third time lucky!

After weeks of rocket construction and anticipation of the upcoming launch on August 19th, there was an air of disappointment upon the cancellation of the launch due to a fire ban in the area. However, we were lucky enough for the fire ban to be lifted by the following weekend, and the team prepared to launch on August 26th instead. Yet again, mother nature was not on our side and the launch was cancelled due to heavy rain.

Nonetheless, thanks to the hard work of the Queensland Rocketry Society (QRS), we were able to schedule a launch on the 29th of August. The launch was a success, with both Bryan Greenham’s “Mantis Shrimp” and Tom Taylor’s “Barbershop” were launched and recovered successfully.

Both rockets were predicted to fly just over 1000m in altitude. The Mantis Shrimp landed safely just over the hill about 1km away, and Barbershop came down relatively close, only about 50m away from the tents at the launch site. Both team members who launched attained their Level 1 certification on the day, and hope to go for Level 2 certification at the next launch on the 9th of September.

We were incredibly happy to have been able to launch, and owe a great deal to Blake Nikolic and QRS for putting on the launch day for us. We hope to be putting more rockets in the sky at the next launch!

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