In addition to our competition rockets, ANU Rocketry tests many smaller rockets in the mid-power to high-power range. This is done to ensure that all the components that will make their way into the competition rockets are thoroughly tested.
The Brian II is a 149 cm long model rocket assembled by our executives Angie and Broden, as well as structures team lead Matt using a Darkstar 2.6 kit. The team finished putting the rocket together in the UQ labs on the weekend of the 12-13 January. This rocket was then launched on the 13th at the Queensland Rocketry Society launch site at Jimboomba. Brian II was launched with a H-class motor which projected an apogee of 360 meters high in just 9.8 seconds, travelling at an average speed of 132 km/h. The rocket then deployed a two stage recovery systems to ensure a safe landing, securing Broden’s L1 certification.
The Brian III is a 7.5 cm diameter and 205 mm long model rocket made by Angie To, Broden and Matthew using a Katana kit. The team finished assembling the rocket in the UQ labs and launched the rocket on the 13th of January. Brian III was first launched at the Queensland Rocketry Society launch site with a J-class motor which projected an apogee of 735 mm high in 12.75 seconds, travelling an average speed of 208 km/h. The rocket then deployed a two stage recovery system to ensure a safe landing, securing Broden’s L2 certification. Matt and Harry then trekked up to Westmar to launch the Brian III for a second time, with an L-class motor to send it to an incredible apogee to 3,620 m.
The Hilux is another 2.6 cm diameter and 149 cm long model rocket made by Matt using a second Darkstar 2.6 kit. Matt launched the Hilux on the 26th of January at the Westmar launch site for his L2 certification. The Hilux had an initially successful launch but ended up coming down in a crash landing – but don’t worry, nobody was hurt!
The Schmiddty is a 10.2 cm diameter and 145 cm long model rocket made by Harry. The Schmiddty components are made from a durable material used for tank ammunition. The rocket is topped with a PVC nose cone. Harry finished the assembly of Schmiddty at the ANU Rocketry Workshop in preparation for the launch on the 26th of January at the Westmar launch site. The Schmiddty was launched with an I-class motor to get Harry his L1 certification.