Launch Info

MARS launches generally kick off from 8am and go through to approximately midday, depending on the weather and number of launches. We recommend getting there earlier in the day, so you don't miss any of the action. MARS members often go to lunch at the local pub afterward to spin a few tall tales about all things rocketry.

The general public is welcome to attend all launches, however, any launch listed as "Advertised" means there is usually something extra special as these have been advertised with various media groups.

To fly with MARS you are required to hold a current membership with MARS or the AMRS, and pay a $10 fliers fee at registration on the day of the launch.

:: Launch Dates for 2019 ::
January 2019
Fire restrictions

No launching
February 2019
Fire restrictions
No launching
March 2019
Fire restrictions
No launching
April 2019
Fire restrictions
No Launching
18th May 2019
Launch

Drouin Launch Site
15th June 2019
Launch

Drouin Launch Site
20th 27th July 2019
Launch
Drouin Launch Site

Postponed to due to high winds

10th & 11th August 2019
Launch
Wytchitella High Power Site

Reschedule TBA

21st September 2019
Launch

Drouin Launch Site

Postponed until the 5th October

19th October 2019
Launch

Drouin Launch site

Postponed until the 26th Oct. - CANCELLED!

2nd November 2019
Launch

Drouin Launch Site
16th November 2019
Pending Weather
Drouin Launch Site

How to get to MARS Drouin Launch Site

The Melbourne Amateur Rocket Society conducts rocket launches at Drouin South, about 10km south of Drouin. Drouin is approximately 95km by road from the center of Melbourne. From Melbourne, travel southeast along the Monash Fwy / Princes Fwy (M1). Take the first Drouin exit (C102) and turn right onto Princes Way (C102) and in about 5km you will reach the town of Drouin. Drouin has a choice of bakeries, cafes, supermarkets and a McDonald's. The following map and directions guide you from Drouin to the launch site.

  1. From Princes Way Drouin, At the 2nd roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Main South Rd (The Bendigo Bank is on the corner)
  2. After 4.9km veer left to remain on Main South Rd (Sign < Lardner Park)
  3. Continue along Main South Rd for 5.1 km
  4. Turn Right into Yuulong Road (This is a private road, please leave gates as you find them)

If you have GPS navigation, the launch site is located at the following
coordinates:
South 38.20850, East 145.84469

Drouin Map