Toowoomba Model Rocket Launch Scheduled For Saturday, 27th August

How would you like the thrill, the build-up of anticipation before the launching skyward of a model rocketship?…actually to be there counting down the last five seconds leading up to that launch?

Well, the good news is…that you can !

……. because the next launch-day by the Rangeville Space Pilots Club at the T.A.R.M.A.C (Toowoomba Amateur Radio-controlled Model Aero Club) airfield (just ten-minutes south of Toowoomba on the New England Highway, on your right just past “The Mill – The Outlook”) is this Saturday 27th August, starting at 1:30pm.

The first rockets will launch by 2pm, and the  event usually concludes between 3:30 and 4pm.

A young Alex Wright readies his rocket for launch
5,4,3,2,1.. Ignition and Lift-Off
The "Sumo" rocket on the launch pad ready for take-of

The Space Pilots’ Club and TARMAC invite you to come along to witness this ‘magic’ event. There’s tension in the air as young and old join in the countdown….as the rocket-maker (who has the honour of pressing the launch button!) ….tenses-up in concentration anticipating what is to come.

Will it be a perfect launch?..(the variety of styles of rockets often reaching heights approaching 1000-feet?)…or will the trajectory send the maker’s precious rocket …one of many to be launched on the day…..either onto the roof….or, worse still, into a neighbouring paddock?

Come and enjoy the afternoon. There is no charge to be there. Just drive in and park at the designated area. Bringing a folding chair is to be recommended.. Refreshments are also available and the site does have toilet facilities.

It promises to be an ‘afternoon with a difference’!….even if it is just to see how the teenage Senior Space Pilots go in competition with each other in launching their ‘brand-new’ “Baby Bertha” space craft.

Barry Whisson
Launch Controller


If weather becomes a problem, a re-scheduling of the launch 1-week to Saturday, 3rd September is our option, and an advice will be issued.


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