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Welcome to the first issue of Get Your Butt to Thunda!

Australian Rocketry's Thunda Down Under 2015 Countdown Campaign

For this issue we have a few pics of the 1:1 scale V2 progress and we answer some queries regarding hybrid systems at ARTDU2015. If you haven’t yet registered, Click here to visit the registration page today.

World Record Rocket – Full Scale V2

Last month, Blake had a short visit, some 1500km (932miles) from the ARTDU2015 launch site, to a top secret location in Victoria, code name: Hemco. He managed to sneak his way into the V2 headquarters of the soon to be world record rocket.

Safety vests were a must in this intense working environment, although it did help us see each other after drinking wine and eating chocolate.

With the core structures and testing of the deployment systems now complete, Karl’s team at Rocketry Victoria are getting ready to skin the airframe before Christmas, ready for the final touches.

Karl and Blake with V2 fin

Karl and Blake with V2 fin

Blake with V2 nose tip

Blake with V2 nose tip

Blake with top secret V2 plans

Blake with top secret V2 plans

Blake and Karl with V2 skeleton

Blake and Karl with V2 skeleton

Hybrid availability at ARTDU2015

We have had some queries come through about hybrids at ARTDU2015 including, what is/isn’t permitted, availability of GSE and Nitrous Oxide (N2O) etc. The following Q and A’s will hopefully answer those questions:

Q. What hybrids are permitted to be used at ARTDU2015?

A. In the state of QLD, Australia, hybrids are basically unregulated and can therefore be possessed, transported and used without too much scrutiny. Because of this, hybrids do not necessarily need to be commercially manufactured like solid rocket motors. If you do plan to use a custom hybrid rocket motor, it is requested that you let the ARTDU2015 team know well in advance to confirm there is not any foreseeable issues. There are already a few custom hybrid launches planned including Troy Prideaux’s 20 second long burn moon shot… GO BABY…. GO INTO ORBIT!!

As with all rockets, standard HPR certification rules will apply.

Q. What hybrid GSE will be available?

A. There will be GSE available to suit the majority of different brands/designs of hybrid systems. Certain systems do require specialist equipment, so if you have any concerns with non standard systems, be sure to ask the ARTDU2015 team.

One system that is a little different, is the ‘Hypertek’ system. For this system in particular, there is GSE available, however you will be required to supply your own fill stem.

Q. How can I get access to N2O?

A. As N2O can be a little harder to access if you are from overseas, the ARTDU2015 team will be organising pre-purchased N2O for hybrid flyers. A form will be available closer to the event which allow people to nominate the quantity of N2O required for their launch/es.

Many local hybrid flyers will have access to N2O for their own systems and may also be able to help overseas attendees.

If you have any other queries about hybrid launches for ARTDU2015, please email thunda@ausrocketry.com.au

Registrations

If you haven’t yet registered for ARTDU2015, make sure you get in quickly whilst the early bird rates are available. T-Shirts, pins and banquet tickets have been selling fast, so don’t miss out on your opportunity to grab a piece of history.

Register Now for Thunda Down Under 2015

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