NSW - UNSW Rocketry high power rocket launch

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    Start 01/06/2022
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    Madison  Weekes
    University of New South Wales

    To seek feedback on the proposal to establish a Temporary Restricted Area (TRA) due to high level rocket launching activity.

    The issue

    • Rocket launching activity from 31 August - 2 September 2022
    • TRA proposed with Controlling Authority


    UNSW Rocketry, a rocketry team from the University of New South Wales, is seeking to conduct a high-powered rocket launch at Caradoc Station approximately 16NM to the north of White Cliffs, NSW from 31 August to 2 September 2022. AvSEF members should check NOTAMs closer to the date to confirm whether the activity is proceeding.

    The proponent is in the process of conducting consultation regarding the activity with known airspace users such as commercial airlines and other stakeholders.

    A single rocket launch to an apogee of FL350 is proposed in a launch windows from 0900 – 1700 (local) on each day, 31 August - 2 September 2022. The two launch windows are required due to possible delays with the flights or due to adverse weather.

    As part of procedures for the launch activity, contact will be made with Air Services at least 30 minutes prior to the flight of the rocket intended to be launched into controlled airspace to confirm activation of the TRA and that no objection to the timing of the launch exists.

    In addition to this, Class G Airspace will be monitored for aircraft before and during the launch activities. This will include maintaining a visual watch of the airspace, monitoring VHF Radio transmissions and finally the monitoring ADS-B Transmission from the area.


    To mitigate residual airspace risks posed by the activity a TRA is proposed from SFC to FL125 within Class G airspace, from FL125 to FL350 in the controlled airspace above.

    TRA - Class G
    Lateral Limits: 7NM radius of 30°40’21”S 143°11’13”E
    Vertical Limits: SFC to FL125
    Controlling Authority: UNSW Rocketry

    TRA - CTA
    Lateral Limits: 7NM radius of 30°40’21”S 143°11’13”E
    Vertical Limits: FL125 to FL350
    Controlling Authority: Air Services Operations Management

    Submitted by

    Madison  Weekes
    University of New South Wales

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