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If you have always been fascinated by rockets, then now is the time to see one launched live, at the public rocket launch at the Cedar Grove launch site.
Hosted by the Queensland Rocketry Society (QRS), the public rocket launches are conducted almost every month and can be attended by anybody who has an interest in rockets. These rockets are the real deal, and are launched 5000 feet into the air at the Cedar Grove launch site. And these high-powered rockets attract quite a crowd – over 300 spectators at any one launch. Spectators are able to get a first-hand experience as to how the rockets work, and can also chat with the organisers and find out more information. These launches take place on a regular basis, and launchers use a range of rockets, so don't forget to check out all the action at the launch sites, courtesy of Queensland Rocketry Society.
The society was started in 2007 by a group of five 'rocketry enthusiasts', and have grown over time to be able to purchase some high-powered rockets with monthly launches and are now officially affiliated with the Tripoli Rocketry Association, an international association that abides by a strong safety code. The Queensland Rocketry Association now has the largest rocket launches in Australia, and is attended by hundreds. The association has also brought out official club merchandise, so to get your own, please fill out the merchandise form online and check out what the club has to offer. The website is especially helpful in finding out the latest information of what's going on and how you can be involved in upcoming events, so check it out.
Of course, for those who are interested, the Queensland Rocketry Society is open for membership. As a social member, you will be entitled to many benefits, including the use of the club's launch equipment, actually build and launch rockets (with the help of experienced launchers), and for those a little apprehensive, cover for up to $20 million. There are three different types of membership: you can become a trial member for just $10 (includes participating in one of the rocket launches); becoming a flying member (get to launch high-powered rockets and also encompasses your family in the membership if they are interested); or you can become a social member, as aforementioned for $30.
Once you become a member, you will be provided with a logon to be kept in the loop about upcoming club activities and also connect with other members. Membership applications are available online via the website, or alternatively speak to one of the club member's on the day.
So to get in on all the 'rocketry' action, plan to attend this month's public launch at Cedar Grove. For more information, including regular updates and upcoming events, please visit the website. And remember, to attend the public rocket launch is free of charge.