Rocket Day blast offs at Cedar Grove

CROWDS gathered at Cedar Grove for Queensland Rocketry Society’s Flames, Smoke and Noise, launching rockets big and small just 10 minutes from Jimboomba today, Sunday, October 28.

Queensland Rocketry Society members, friends and spectators launched rockets high into the sky, some reaching speeds of 1000 kms per hour.

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Members came from all over southeast Queensland for the event. They included University of Queensland UQSpace team who will compete in the a national universities’ rocket launch competition which will be held next year.

The event had been rescheduled once due to rain and grey skies threatened early. But by 10am, the sun came out and umbrellas were used as sunshades.

The spectacular was a sneak peak of things to come at Thunda Downunder 2 that will be held just north of Goondiwindi from April 18 to 21 next year.

QRS is the largest and fastest growing rocketry club in Australia with members aged from 5 to 85. It was set up in 2007 to provide a safe environment to develop and launch rockets and promote the educational and recreational benefits of rocketry.

QRS secretary Blake Nikolic explains the attraction.

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

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