Some of my team members are under the age of 18. Can they still be a part of the team, and if so, to what extent?
Yes, they can still be apart of the team. However, managing explosives or obtaining your L1, L2, and L3 rocket certification cannot be done by anyone under the age of 18 in Australia.
Do I need a High Powered Rocket (HPR) certification to be a part of the team?
Yes, one member of each team is required to achieve their L1 and L2 certification before launching at the AURC. The AURC launch will count towards your L3 certification.
Can we change our team’s name during the competition?
Yes, you can change the name of your rocket up until 1 month before the competition. Use “TBD” or something similar for any current submissions. Once you are assigned your Team ID, you can liaise with the AURC committee to have your rocket name changed.
Where will the competition be held?
The competition will be held in Queensland at Thunda Down Under 2019. It will be near Westmar, which is approximately 100km North of Goondiwindi and 4 hours from Brisbane. The exact location of launch and camping facilities will be released closer to the competition dates.
Would the competition be cancelled as a result of adverse weather conditions?
Our timetable for the event is deliberately flexible, we have multiple days for launch windows. Typically the weather is very good in Queensland during this time so a cancellation due to unfavorable weather conditions is unlikely. However, in the unlikely event that it does happen, then yes the competition would be cancelled. Should the event be cancelled the AURC committee will be in contact with teams as early as physically possible.
What weather conditions would result in cancellation of the competition?
Winds at or exceeding 32 km/hr or thick clouds at or below the altitude ceiling would result in the launch being cancelled (https://rocketry.org.au/safety-information/model-rocket-safety-code/). Light/medium rain will not cancel an entire launch event but may delay launching slightly. Heavy rain could cancel the event if the ground becomes too muddy or if flooding is expected, but the exact details of what will cancel the launch is at the discretion of AMRS.
What altimeters will be approved for use within the competition?
Currently the only approved altimeters will be the Missile Works RRC3 and the Featherweight Raven 3. This is primarily due to limited availability of other potential systems.
What type of launch rails/launch pads will be available?
Typically high power rockets use a 1010 rail. 1515 is occasionally used for heavier systems, but is quite rare. For maximum performance, launch towers are also utilised which do not require rail buttons/lugs. According to AMRS both 1010 and 1515 rails will be available at TDU2. However, if you are able to let us know in advance we can liaise with AMRS/Australian Rocketry to accommodate alternate launch systems, for example launch trailers (if you have a very heavy rocket). If you wish to use a launch tower you will need to either bring your own or let the AURC team know well in advance as these are typically customised to the rocket diameter.
What is the maximum horizontal distance that the rocket is allowed to travel?
Maximum horizontal flight distance is limited by the area approval published on the NOTAM. As the event will have a 60,000 ft ceiling the maximum horizontal radius will be 7nm (nautical miles). It is unlikely that your team will exceed this range if you use an appropriate recovery method. Furthermore, the further down range your rocket travels, the further you have to walk and the lower the probability of finding your rocket, so keep this in mind when designing your recovery method.
How much external advice are we able to seek?
We encourage seeking as much external advice as possible, so long as you keep in mind the spirit of the competition; which is designed as a way for engineering and science students to prove themselves as creative, professional and talented individuals. The ideas surrounding your design must be your own in someway.
Are there regional contacts being provided for the competition?
There are currently no regional contacts provided explicitly for the competition, however, the AURC’s teams coordinators are available to field any questions you may have and are able to get you in contact with local rocketry clubs too. For more general questions and other aerospace inquiries your local AYAA state representative will also be able to help.