Rocket dad and family prepare for blast off

MEET Jimboomba dad Blake Nikolic and his kids Kaleb, 3, and Piper. 1.

Kaleb and Piper with dad Blake Nikolic get ready for blast off at Flames, Smoke and Noise at Cedar Grove on Sunday.

Kaleb and Piper with dad Blake Nikolic get ready for blast off at Flames, Smoke and Noise at Cedar Grove on Sunday.

The Queensland Rocketry Society secretary is one of the main players behind Flames, Smoke and Noise, launching rockets large and small from Cedar Grove on Sunday.

It was rescheduled due to wet weather two weeks ago.

Mr Nikolic, his wife and children live on an idyllic property not far from Jimboomba.

His dad was a science teacher.

“We’d do all sorts of experiments at home,” he said.

Mr Nikolic’s background is in fireworks and as an army pilot.

Son Kaleb loves a rocket launch.

“It goes up, up, up, up high in the sky,” he laughs as he explains.

These days, Mr Nikolic builds rockets and explains how they work to school kids.

Queensland Rocketry Society has 85 members aged from 3 to 80-plus.

What’s the attraction?

“Flames, smoke, noise – those words say it all. It’s the fastest sport on Earth. Name another hobby where things race at four times the speed of sound,” Mr Nikolic said.

Flames, Smoke and Noise is open to all with spectators invited to take part in Southern Cross Rocketry’s $20 fly it and take it home program.

It will be held on Sunday from 8am-1pm. Family passes are $25. Book tickets at qldrocketry.com