Sunday, February 7 is the 2021 National Launch Day which will see rockets blast off at Taupiri.
2021 will feature the largest motor flown at an NZRA event. This 'Q' motor is twice the size of last years 'P' motor and will be flying in The Nike.
Experience the sight and sound of New Zealand's largest amateur rockets in action.
Accelerating from zero to hundreds of kilometres an hour in just a few seconds, propelled skywards on a massive flame with the same signature crackle and roar as full size rockets.
This annual public launch event attracts hundreds of visitors to a fun afternoon watching rockets launch.
National Launch Day has been entertaining and educating New Zealanders since 2001.
Location is 1 hour 15 minutes from Auckland, 20 minutes from Hamilton on Arthur Alan Thomas' farm.
The event runs from 12pm-4pm. Check nzrocketry.org.nz/events/national-launch-day at 8 am on the day for cancellations.
Motor: Q6300 "Turbo Diesel" - white flame, dense grey smoke, long burn.
Altitude: 16,000 ft
Velocity: Mach 0.7
Fliers: Ethan Kosoof, Debbie Van Tiel, Dr Martin Van Tiel, Chris North, Kim McVinnie, Kelvin McVinnie
Motor: N5800 "C-Star" , staging to N2800 "Turbo Diesel" - white flame, dense grey smoke.
Altitude: 16,000 ft
Velocity: Mach 1
Fliers: Jack & Tony Davies
Motor: M1363 "Turbo Diesel" - White flame, dense white smoke
Altitude: 7,000 ft
Velocity: Mach 0.5
Fliers: Kelvin McVinnie
Motor: M2627 "Standard" - Translucent orange flame, low smoke, fast burn.
Altitude: 7,600 ft
Fliers: Craig Packard
Motor: L1324 "Standard" - Translucent orange flame, low smoke, fast burn.
Altitude: 17,000 ft
Velocity: Mach 1.5
Fliers: Kim McVinnie
Motor: K540 "MetalStorm" - Translucent orange flame, low smoke, fast burn.
Altitude: 3,000 ft
Velocity: Mach 0.6
Fliers: Kalen More
Length: 3.5 m
Motor: M1000 "Diesel" - White Flame, dense grey smoke, long burn.
Altitude: 9,000 ft
Velocity: Mach 0.8
Fliers: Dr Martin Van Tiel
Motor: M1350 "White Lightning" - White flame, dense grey smoke.
Altitude: 12,000 ft
Velocity: Mach 1.0
Flier: Alex Heffer
Bring something to sit on, sunscreen, water, sunglasses and a hat. No pets/animals.
Toilets and free parking on site are available. Food and drink vendors are also on site.
Entry can be purchased at the gate or online at EventFinder
Adult tickets are $25 and kids (ages 5-15) are $10 each.
Cash is preferred, limited eftpos available.
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