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RocketballSA
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« on: November 02, 2013, 01:21:55 AM »

Had heard some sad news yesterday where it appears the New South Wales Rocketry Association (NSWRA) will soon be loosing their Doonside launch site.  ohmy It appears urban sprawl has finally caught up in Sydney where someone wants to put a building up on their site.  dizangry

While the ARA and NSWRA has had differences in the past nobody wishes to see any rocketry group loose their site under any circumstances!   alsad

Am not aware if there are any other places suitable in Sydney for hobby rocketry. Perhaps a school oval may be worth considering.  dizundecided

Finding launch sites in big cities is one of the greatest challenges everyone faces!  alhuh
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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2013, 01:14:11 PM »

Maybe a mutual launch site between ACT and NSW might be in order.



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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2013, 09:01:03 PM »

We heard this unfortunate news a little while ago. CRG has offered our Manton Road launch site to NSWRA as an interim / long-term proposition for low and medium power launches. We don't have HPR at our Manton Road site but I think NSWRA has a new HPR site near Dubbo.
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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2013, 02:45:47 AM »

What sort of distance is NSWRA members required to travel to the CRG Manton launch site? This is a very generous offer by CRG however my understanding is most NSWRA members live in inner Sydney which have no idea what is available there? Some school ovals may be suitable for at least up to C size. Even in Adelaide South Australia (SA) which is much smaller than Sydney some ovals (but not all) are very suitable for this size. Would suggest it is something worth considering!  idea1
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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2013, 07:08:42 AM »

Yeah Rocketball, distance may be a problem for NSWRA members to come to the CRG Manton Road site. From the centre of Sydney to here is about 250km but it is all dual carriageway freeway all the way. When I was doing the regular commute to Sydney it was about 2 1/2 - 3 hours each way depending on the traffic in Sydney. Once you hit the outskirts of Sydney it is 110KmH all the way here.

We have one member who travels from Mittagong to here (about 200km) for each launch and another that has about a 1 1/2 hour travel time from the other side of Canberra.

I hope that they are able to find somewhere suitable that is closer to Sydney but if they can't, or as an interim measure until they can find somewhere, our Manton Road site is available to NSWRA.
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