Launch Info

September Launch Update. As most fellow Victorians will know a slow moving low-pressure system just south of Tasmania and several associated cold fronts have resulted in some quite large rainfalls across the south of the state over the last few days. These conditions are forecast to continue into Saturday. Therefore the decision has been made to postpone the launch by 24hrs. It will now take place on Sunday the 17th of September. Sorry for any inconvenience that this will cause. We look forward to seeing you there.

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 2017 ::
January 2017
Inclement Weather

Drouin Launch Site
February 2017
Inclement Weather

Drouin Launch Site
March 2017
Inclement Weather
Drouin Launch Site
15th April 2017
Launch
Drouin Launch Site
20th May 2017
Launch

Drouin Launch Site
17th June 2017
AYRC

Drouin Launch Site
No July Launch due to oversized August spectacular 
Drouin Launch Site
12-13th August 2017
MARS Attacks

Wychitella Launch Site
Postponed until 17th September 2017
Launch

Drouin Launch Site
21st October 2017
Launch 
Drouin Launch Site
18th November 2017
Launch

Drouin Launch Site
16th December 2017
Launch

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