Try Beating this 'Lawn Dart' (a little LONG)

Try Beating this 'Lawn Dart' (a little LONG)

Post by Bob Stephenso » Fri, 01 May 1998 04:00:00



There it was last night on the evening TV news - I just couldn't believe it
then so I held off posting this until I read it in today's newspaper...

It seems that a bloke in a small town about 200 km north of Adelaide, South
Australia, was mustering cattle near a dry lake bed about a year ago.  Now
South Australia is the 'home' of the Australian Rocketry Association so I
don't know if they are gonna claim responsibility for this :^) but ...

Anyway, this guy is riding along, minding his own business when suddenly,
out of the vast flat empty clay pan he sees something sticking straight
up.There are no trees out there for a 'country mile' (local expression
meaning to Burke and back - er sorry more local expressions darn it ) - so
he goes to take a look.  I just wish it had been me !

What he found was a rocket about 10 metres long burried nose first in the
clay - the classic lawn dart !  Silly *** scratched his head then went
away and didn't worry about it again until a local tour operator thought it
might make a great tourist attraction.  Last night they showed video of it
buried about three metres into the clay on its ever lovin' nosecone.

The fins were in perfect condition and in the short glimpse I had, it looked
as if the airframe wasn't even crimped.  It may have been a sounding rocket
launched from the Woomera Rocket Range - perhaps back in the sixties or
early seventies.  Impossible to tell from the TV but if anyone else out
there in Oz has more info please PLEASE put me out of my missery... what
type of rocket is it ?

There was a brief story in the local paper today which I will try to post
here tomorrow (left it at work, doh!).  Oh, and by the way, before any of
you h.p.r. guys in the US or Europe start flooding me with requests to try
and get your 'lost' rocket back, I only require a 'small' spotters fee :^))

Cheers
--
Bob Stephenson

Canberra, AUSTRALIA

Visit my model rocketry homepage
http://www.FoundCollection.com/

"I therefore think I am"

 
 
 

Try Beating this 'Lawn Dart' (a little LONG)

Post by Stephen DeArma » Fri, 01 May 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> There it was last night on the evening TV news - I just couldn't believe it
> then so I held off posting this until I read it in today's newspaper...

> It seems that a bloke in a small town about 200 km north of Adelaide, South
> Australia, was mustering cattle near a dry lake bed about a year ago.  Now
> South Australia is the 'home' of the Australian Rocketry Association so I
> don't know if they are gonna claim responsibility for this :^) but ...

> Anyway, this guy is riding along, minding his own business when suddenly,
> out of the vast flat empty clay pan he sees something sticking straight
> up.There are no trees out there for a 'country mile' (local expression
> meaning to Burke and back - er sorry more local expressions darn it ) - so
> he goes to take a look.  I just wish it had been me !

> What he found was a rocket about 10 metres long burried nose first in the
> clay - the classic lawn dart !  Silly *** scratched his head then went
> away and didn't worry about it again until a local tour operator thought it
> might make a great tourist attraction.  Last night they showed video of it
> buried about three metres into the clay on its ever lovin' nosecone.

> The fins were in perfect condition and in the short glimpse I had, it looked
> as if the airframe wasn't even crimped.  It may have been a sounding rocket
> launched from the Woomera Rocket Range - perhaps back in the sixties or
> early seventies.  Impossible to tell from the TV but if anyone else out
> there in Oz has more info please PLEASE put me out of my missery... what
> type of rocket is it ?

            Bob,

   I bet it belongs to the guys over at the Lollipop Guild. You know
I've told those guys not to let the Munchkins play with live motors but
what are you going to do? I'm sure it does'nt belong to Mark because he
videos all his crashes, i.e. Barbie Bar B Q, but it could be one of
Tom's over at NSWRA. He told me awhile back they were about to get into
high power.

                           Trust No One,
                               Randy

 
 
 

Try Beating this 'Lawn Dart' (a little LONG)

Post by Michael » Sun, 03 May 1998 04:00:00


Bob,
Was on the news here (Sydney) and is indeed a Woomera orphan.
I missed most of it but it was apparently launched many years ago.
Tom was going to Woomera for Easter to do some HPR but they wouldn't let
anyone fly over 'G' so it was canned.
Stand by for some Aussie HPR launch reports soon...

Mike "choppa" Limpus

 Was on the news

Quote:


>> There it was last night on the evening TV news - I just couldn't believe
it
>> then so I held off posting this until I read it in today's newspaper...

>> It seems that a bloke in a small town about 200 km north of Adelaide,
South
>> Australia, was mustering cattle near a dry lake bed about a year ago.
Now
>> South Australia is the 'home' of the Australian Rocketry Association so I
>> don't know if they are gonna claim responsibility for this :^) but ...

>> Anyway, this guy is riding along, minding his own business when suddenly,
>> out of the vast flat empty clay pan he sees something sticking straight
>> up.There are no trees out there for a 'country mile' (local expression
>> meaning to Burke and back - er sorry more local expressions darn it ) -
so
>> he goes to take a look.  I just wish it had been me !

>> What he found was a rocket about 10 metres long burried nose first in the
>> clay - the classic lawn dart !  Silly *** scratched his head then went
>> away and didn't worry about it again until a local tour operator thought
it
>> might make a great tourist attraction.  Last night they showed video of
it
>> buried about three metres into the clay on its ever lovin' nosecone.

>> The fins were in perfect condition and in the short glimpse I had, it
looked
>> as if the airframe wasn't even crimped.  It may have been a sounding
rocket
>> launched from the Woomera Rocket Range - perhaps back in the sixties or
>> early seventies.  Impossible to tell from the TV but if anyone else out
>> there in Oz has more info please PLEASE put me out of my missery... what
>> type of rocket is it ?

>            Bob,

>   I bet it belongs to the guys over at the Lollipop Guild. You know
>I've told those guys not to let the Munchkins play with live motors but
>what are you going to do? I'm sure it does'nt belong to Mark because he
>videos all his crashes, i.e. Barbie Bar B Q, but it could be one of
>Tom's over at NSWRA. He told me awhile back they were about to get into
>high power.

>                           Trust No One,
>                               Randy

 
 
 

Try Beating this 'Lawn Dart' (a little LONG)

Post by Michael » Sun, 03 May 1998 04:00:00


Bob,
Was on the news here (Sydney) and is indeed a Woomera orphan.
I missed most of it but it was apparently launched many years ago.
Tom was going to Woomera for Easter to do some HPR but they wouldn't let
anyone fly over 'G' so it was canned.
Stand by for some Aussie HPR launch reports soon...

Mike "choppa" Limpus

 Was on the news

Quote:


>> There it was last night on the evening TV news - I just couldn't believe
it
>> then so I held off posting this until I read it in today's newspaper...

>> It seems that a bloke in a small town about 200 km north of Adelaide,
South
>> Australia, was mustering cattle near a dry lake bed about a year ago.
Now
>> South Australia is the 'home' of the Australian Rocketry Association so I
>> don't know if they are gonna claim responsibility for this :^) but ...

>> Anyway, this guy is riding along, minding his own business when suddenly,
>> out of the vast flat empty clay pan he sees something sticking straight
>> up.There are no trees out there for a 'country mile' (local expression
>> meaning to Burke and back - er sorry more local expressions darn it ) -
so
>> he goes to take a look.  I just wish it had been me !

>> What he found was a rocket about 10 metres long burried nose first in the
>> clay - the classic lawn dart !  Silly *** scratched his head then went
>> away and didn't worry about it again until a local tour operator thought
it
>> might make a great tourist attraction.  Last night they showed video of
it
>> buried about three metres into the clay on its ever lovin' nosecone.

>> The fins were in perfect condition and in the short glimpse I had, it
looked
>> as if the airframe wasn't even crimped.  It may have been a sounding
rocket
>> launched from the Woomera Rocket Range - perhaps back in the sixties or
>> early seventies.  Impossible to tell from the TV but if anyone else out
>> there in Oz has more info please PLEASE put me out of my missery... what
>> type of rocket is it ?

>            Bob,

>   I bet it belongs to the guys over at the Lollipop Guild. You know
>I've told those guys not to let the Munchkins play with live motors but
>what are you going to do? I'm sure it does'nt belong to Mark because he
>videos all his crashes, i.e. Barbie Bar B Q, but it could be one of
>Tom's over at NSWRA. He told me awhile back they were about to get into
>high power.

>                           Trust No One,
>                               Randy