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 2018 ::
January 2018
Fire restrictions

No launching
February 2018
Fire restrictions
No launching
24 March 2018
Launch
Cancelled - Fire restrictions
21st April 2018
Launch
Drouin Launch Site
19th May 2018
Launch

Drouin Launch Site
16-17th June 2018
AYRC / High Altitude

Wychitella Launch Site
21st July 2018
Launch
Drouin Launch Site
18th August 2018
Launch
Drouin Launch Site
15th September 2018
Launch

Drouin Launch Site
20th October 2018
Launch 
Drouin Launch Site
17th November 2018
Launch

Drouin Launch Site
TBA December 2018
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