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Over the last few months, we have had an overwhelming interest in ARTDU 2015 from a number of special interest groups and other spectators. Because of the indicative number of people attending and due to insurance requirements and other responsibilities, the ARTDU 2015 team have added Spectator Registrations to the website.

Spectator registrations are mandatory for all non flyers and are broken into two categories. Online pre-registrations are available as follows:
* Children (3-13 years of age) $5.00
* Adults (over 13 years of age) $10.00

Children under the age of 3 are free.

Registrations completed onsite at the event will be $10.00 for Children and $15.00 for Adults.

School groups will be able to register for special rates, so please contact us at with your details for more information.

When registering, simply enter the names of all of the spectators in your group.

If you have any queries, please email

SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE – (Special presentation for people who have registered for the ‘Banquet Under the Stars’ – Click here to REGISTER NOW)

How was the solar system formed? What are black holes? Will our sun really die? Will we live on Mars? How are stars made? Are there really other universes? These questions and more will be answered in a fascinating astronomy show called ‘Secrets of the Universe’.

Presented by David Reneke and the Mid North Coast Astronomy Group, this presentation contains a digital audio/visual show followed by a laser guided sky tour and telescopes viewings of epic proportions. Additionally there will be ‘safe solar viewing’ sessions during the day, allowing attendees unique viewings of the sun’s disc, large sunspots and solar flares if they are happening. Don’t miss this BIG crowd pleaser. This has been run for years using only the world’s best solar filtering equipment.

Click here to read the full details about this not to be missed presentation

David Reneke is one of Australia’s most well known and respected amateur astronomers and lecturers and has over 40 years experience in astronomy with links to some of the worlds leading astronomical institutions. David has been featured on Regional TV stations in NSW, Good Morning America, American MSNBC news, the BBC, Spanish television and Sky News here in Australia.

David is also the publicist and writer for Australasian Science Magazine, he teaches astronomy at college level, is an invited speaker at astronomy conventions throughout Australia, a feature writer for major Australian newspapers, and is currently a science correspondent for ABC and commercial radio speaking on dozens of stations each week across the country on astronomy and space science issues.

Please visit David’s website for more information about Australia’s #1 Astronomy News Service:

Rocketeer’s build for Thunda Down Under 2015: Stewart Campbell’s L3 ½ Scale Nike Smoke

Flyer’s Name:            Stewart Campbell
Location:                    Melbourne, Australia
Rocket Name:            Nike Smoke ½ Scale
Estimated Altitude:    13,500’
Length:                        3.134m  (10’3”)
Dia:                               232mm  (8.25”)
Proposed GLOW:       37kg  (81.6 pounds)
Proposed Motor/s:     CTI 98mm 6G  N1100 Moonburner

Please tell us about the project eg. why are you building it?, what do you hope to achieve (speed, height, size, enter competition, certification etc.)?, have there been any challenges or highlights to the preparation? What payloads (if any) are you carrying (cameras, electronics etc.) 
Electronics will be Raven altimeters x 2, TeleMega, and a GoPro camera.
The biggest challenge for me has been thinking about the assembly logistics (working in long skinny places), and particularly how to keep the various alignments accurate.
The eventual aim of the project is to make a ½ scale Nike Apache two-stage design (same configuration as NASA flight 14.167 GI).

What are you most looking forward to seeing or participating in at Thunda Down Under 2015?
I am looking forward to attending the entire event, but especially meeting members of the world-wide HPR community.

Click here to see Stewart’s amazing build thread for what should be an awesome launch!

If you have any other queries about ARTDU2015 please email

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